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on 5 March 2017
Interesting and informative but, in my opinion, Terry Chapman's book covers the railway navvies better. You can, of course, read both!
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on 5 October 2012
'NAVVIES'(SHORT FOR NAVIGATORS)...THESE REALLY WERE THE MEN WHO PAVED THE WAY FOR BRITAIN TO ACHIEVE ITS MIGHTY INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION FROM THE START OF THE VICTORIAN ERA IN THE MID 1830s. WITHOUT THEM, THE POLITICIANS, THE WEALTHY LANDOWNERS THE SHAREHOLDERS AND THE ENGINEERS WOULD NEVER HAVE SUCCEEDED. HUGE TEAMS OF WORKERS GRAFTED DAY IN AND DAY OUT FOR A MERE PITTANCE, AND WERE EXPECTED TO SHIFT AS MUCH AS 18 TONS OF 'MUCK' (HENCE THE WORD) AND ROCK PER SHIFT, ALL BY HAND USING WHEEL BARROWS, PICKS AND SHOVELS AS THEIR BASIC TOOLS. MANY WERE IRISH IMPORTS AND THERE WERE FREQUENT BOUTS OF VIOLENCE AND UNREST. THEIR BASIC DIET WAS A LOAF OF BREAD AND A HUNK OF CRUDE MEAT, SUPPLEMENTED BY A GALLON OR BEER A DAY (WHICH THEY HAD TO PAY FOR OUT OF THEIR WAGES). SOME WERE GIVEN BIBLES BY THEIR BOSSES IN THE HOPE THEY WOULD STICK TO THE STRAIGHT AND NARROW -- USELESS AS MANY COULDN'T READ, SO THEY SOLD THE GOOD BOOK ON FOR MORE BEER MONEY! AFTER THE CRUDE TURNPIKE ROADS WHICH CARRIED HORSE DRAWN VEHICLES, CAME THE CANALS, AND LATER, THE IRON WAY. THEY BLASTED THEIR WAY THROUGH TUNNELS, DUG CUTTINGS, RAISED EMBANKMENTS, CONSTUCTED BRIDGES AND VIADUCTS, ALL LARGELY ACROSS SOME VERY REMOTE COUNTRY, SLEEPING IN WOODEN SHACKS CLOSE TO WHEREVER THEY WERE WORKING, CONTINUING THEIR WORK NO MATTER THE STATE OF THE WEATHER. THEN WHEN A PROJECT WAS COMPLETE. THEY'D 'TRAMP' (ANOTHER WORD ORIGIN) TO ANOTHER LOCATION IN SEARCH OF WORK. THE STORIES THAT SURROUND THEIR HARD WAY OF LIFE ARE MANY, BUT IF YOU WANT TO KNOW THE REST, THIS GEM OF SOCIAL HISTORY IS FOR YOU... AND THERE'S A FEW AUTHENTIC PICTURES IN THE BOOK TO PROVE IT, SHOWING WHAT INCREDIBLE FEATS THEY ACHIEVED IN SUCH ATROCIOUS CONDITIONS. FULLY RECOMMENDED, ESPECIALLY TO OUR PRESENT DAY HEALTH AND SAFETY WEAKLINGS! GO ON, FIND OUT EXACTLY HOW YOUR ANCESTORS MIGHT HAVE LIVED... IT'LL ONLY COST YOU THEIR FULL YEAR'S WAGES!
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on 24 June 2014
Anyone with an interest in the 'unsung heroes' of our land should read this book; if they do, they will never again take the railway system, bridges and other constuctions for granted..but will inevitably look in wonder at the achievments of those men, who with nothing but pick shovel and dynamite plus huge courage built so much that still exists and is part of our every day lives.
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on 29 March 2015
A good read.
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on 9 February 2016
Bought for friend who liked this book a lot
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on 6 May 2016
Great book very informative
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