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Fifty Railways that Changed the Course of History Hardcover – 26 Jul 2013


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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles (26 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1446302903
  • ISBN-13: 978-1446302903
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 2.3 x 22.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bill Laws (www.billlaws.com)is the author of Fifty Railways that Changed the Course of History and Fifty Plants That Changed the Course of History. He has written for the Wall Street Journal, BBC, The Telegraph and The Guardian and is former editor of Britain's national magazine for Gypsies and Travellers, Travellers' Times. The author of more than 20 books, he is currently writing a compendium on garden tools.

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Bill Laws is a homes, gardens and landscapes writer for the BBC, Guardian and Telegraph newspapers and his work is soon to be published by National Geographic.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Priscilla Helen Kopp on 7 Oct 2013
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Expected more. It was quite scrappily written and some railway lines couldn't by any stretch of the imagine be said to have changed the world. Quite disappointing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Whittall on 14 May 2014
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If you are interested in railways, then this is a great book to learn something interesting, some facts were old, but a great deal were new. Recommend for railway interested, enjoy it.
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By John H. Minor on 7 Jun 2014
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I was bought this as a present and it is moderately interesting. There is at least one glaring mistake though. According to the illustration Thomas Cook ran the first ever excursion from Leicester to Loughborough on the Great Central Railway. As the Great Central was not built for more than fifty years after the excursion this was quite an acheiivment. The map should show the Midland Railway wit the stations Leicester - Syston - Sileby -Barrow on Soar and Loughborough Midland. I hope this will be corrected in any reprints.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Keith Wallace on 10 May 2014
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The Ffestiniog Railway in North Wales changed the course of history. Not only is it the oldest statutory railway in the world (Act of Parliament 1832); was the first railway to introduce articulated steam locomotives successfully (on two bogies, so anticipating the modern diesel loco); the first bogie coaches in Britiain [also a first in the steel chassis was integral with the body so pre-dating the BR Mark II's by 100 years] (1872 and both still running today); the first sub-standard gauge railway in the UK to be authorised to carry fare paying passengers; and the railway that was the prototype for narrow gauge railways across the globe, including both in Colorado and New England in the US of A (the original promoters of both visited the FR before building their own railways - the similarity of the Colorado cliff hugging alignments to the FfR above TanyBwlch is striking). And the double Fairlies were inspected by various international delegations in the 1870s who also went off and built narrow gauge railways.

Not a mention by Mr Laws, except...in a section headed 'Tallylyn Railway' for reasons unknown dated 1976 (the TR's major claim to fame was to be the first preserved railway in 1950) is a photograph of the FfR's 'Earl of Merioneth' on a Porthmadog train approaching Garnedd Tunnel in 1969...

The selection of railways is therefore questionable, and some of the 'facts' are wrong.
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