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British Rail: The Nation's Railway Kindle Edition
|Length: 281 pages||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled||Page Flip: Enabled|
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Jackson does write in the introduction this was originally to be titled "British Rail - a passenger's journey" but was changed because they felt it confusing. This title would definitely have served the book better, in my opinion.
The book starts around the development of the railways, their gradual amalgamation, the grouping of 1923 and nationalisation. A good chunk of the book is concerned with the development of passenger rolling stock, mainly the MK1, MK2, MK3 and MK4 carriages. The book goes into details about technical developments of the rolling stock and often tells interesting stories about BR. There are some gems of info in there, such as the invention of the pandrol clip for sleepers but this is only mentioned in the context of improving the riding qualities of the carriages.
Jackson does cover some other issues, such as how BR changed customer service. The truly innovative creation of the railway corporate scheme and how BR aggressively marketed itself against road and railway and closes with the disintegration of BR.
Overall I feel it is worth reading but if you want to read about BR infrastructure or the freight side then you need to look elsewhere.
If ever you travel by train and have wondered why something is done the way it is you'll probably find the reason in here.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is clear from both the book and his contributions (sic) on the internet that the author knows less about the railway than his readers are likely to know about nuclear physics. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Cicero
For anyone interested in the social, political and economic situations facing the British railways, from the nationalisation after the Second World War to the privatisation in the... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Stephen