British Rail

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This title is an authoritative and enthralling history of the rise and fall of the state-owned British Rail. Drawing on extensive research and in-depth access, Christian Wolmar provides a new perspective on a story long simplified.

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The authoritative and fascinating history of the rise and fall of the state-owned British Rail

You think you know British Rail. But you don’t know the whole story.

From its creation after the Second World War, through its fifty-year lifetime, British Rail was an innovative powerhouse that transformed our transport system. Uniting disparate lines into a highly competent organisation – heralding ‘The Age of the Train’ – and, for a time, providing one of the fastest regular rail services in the world.

Born into post-war austerity, traumatised, impoverished and exploited by a hostile press, the state-owned railway was dismissed as a dinosaur unable to evolve, and swept away by a government hellbent on selling it off.

Now, award-winning writer Christian Wolmar provides a new perspective on national loss in a time of privatisation.

British Rail is ripe for a new history.
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Praise for Christian Wolmar

The greatest expert on British trains’ Guardian

‘Our most eminent transport journalist’ Spectator

‘If the world’s railways have a laureate, it is surely Christian Wolmar’ Boston Globe

Christian Wolmar is in love with the railways. He writes constantly and passionately about them. He is their wisest, most detailed historian and a constant prophet of their rebirth . . . if you love the hum of the wheels and of history, then Christian Wolmar is your manObserver

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Weight 0.685 kg
Dimensions 24 × 16.2 × 3.8 cm
Author

Publisher

Imprint

Cover

Hardback

Pages

416

Language

English

Edition
Dewey

385.0941 (edition:23)

Readership

General – Trade / Code: K