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Superb railway history,
This review is from: Fire and Steam: A New History of the Railways in Britain (Paperback)
This is one of the most enjoyable books I've read in quite a while. I'm not a train buff but enjoy social and economic history and will admit to a real nostalgic feel when seeing old steam engines. This book goes at a real good tempo through the highs and lows of railways in Britain from its birth right through the glorious years of the early major railway companies and then the lack of investment through two world wars which saw journey times between cities fall and infrastructure become tired and shabby. It goes then trails through the extreme lows of the Beeching era and then slowly back to the revival of the railways towards the end of the twentieth century and the glorious revival of St Pancras in 2007. As much as this is a book about railways, its also a major insight into Britain's social and political history over the last 150 years. The impact of the railways on the way the country evolved from where we lived to where we took our holidays and how our diets changed are all brilliantly described here.
This really isn't a book just for railway enthusiasts - if you want to enjoy a history of Britain since 1800, then go for this book.