British Rail (Paperback)
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British Rail (Paperback)

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Paperback 416 Pages
Published: 08/06/2023
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The undoubted king of British locomotive literature turns his attention to the rise and fall of British Rail, telling a dramatic and shocking story through meticulous research and page-turning prose.

British Rail wasn't how we're asked to remember it...

From ancient rolling stock to patchy service, stale sandwiches to the wrong kind of snow, British Rail - our last great state-owned organization to be privatized - has received a terrible press.

But after its controversial 1948 creation, British Rail was actually an innovative powerhouse that over five decades transformed the UK, creating one of the fastest regular rail services in the world.

Award-winning journalist Christian Wolmar takes us from promise to punchline, exploring British Rail's birth into post-war austerity, the many battles and struggles to evolve what many considered to be a dinosaur, and how, at the height of its success, the service was misunderstood and unfairly maligned, ruthlessly broken up and privatized.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781405946278
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 311 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 25 mm


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Wolmar's book is impeccably organized and makes a fast, enjoyable read - The Times Literary Supplement

Wolmar is the high priest of railway studies - Literary Review

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The greatest expert on British trains - The Guardian

Our most eminent transport journalist - The Spectator

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“Fascinating read”

Christian Wolmer has a very easy going style that makes this possibly stuffy subject an interesting read for enthusiasts and those with only a passing interest.

Covers everything from Nationalisation through to... More

Hardback edition
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“Evidence to Convince a Court”

A very detailed overview of how BR improved and was then killed. Easily readable, detailed, yet interesting and humourful. Worth a read for those who like politics, labour, and transport. Also readable for foreigners.

Paperback edition
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