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The Oxford Companion to British Railway History: From 1603 to the 1990s Hardcover – 2 Oct 1997

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  • Hardcover: 608 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; First Edition edition (2 Oct. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780192116970
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192116970
  • ASIN: 0192116975
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 4.8 x 24.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
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Directly and indirectly, railways changed Britain and the lives of its people more than any other product of the Industrial Revolution, shaping the country as we know it today. This encyclopaedia charts that progress, beginning with primitive 17th-century wagonways, passing on through the eras of horse, steam, diesel and electric traction, and charting the change from private and public ownership up to the privatizations of the late 1990s. Over 600 entries by 88 contributors provide a reference to all aspects of railways, including: construction and development; individual companies; civil, mechanical, and electrical engineering; locomotives, vehicles, traffic; signalling and safety; management and finance; competition, legislation; personalities; relationships with governments, industries, commerce and other countries; social and geographical impact of railways; and associations with literature, the arts, sport and health.

About the Author

Jack Simmons, Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Leicester, is the leading authority on British railway history and has published widely on the subject. Gordon Biddle is vice-president of the Railway and Canal Historical Society.

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