Last Trains

Author: Charles Loft
Publisher: Biteback Publishing
ISBN: 1849545634
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Last Trains from the Author: Charles Loft. During the course of the 1950s England lost confidence in its rulers and convinced itself it must modernise. The bankrupt, steam-powered railway, run by a Colonel Blimp, symbolised everything that was wrong with the country; the future lay in motorways and high-speed electric - or even atomic - express trains. But plans for a gleaming new railway system ended in failure and on the roads traffic ground to a halt. Along came Dr Beeching, forensically analysing the railways' problems and expertly delivering his diagnosis: a third of the nation's railways must go. Local services were destroyed, rural England sacrificed for tarmac and wheel - at least that is how Dr Beeching is remembered today. Last Trains examines why and how the railway system contracted, exposing the political failures that bankrupted the railways and scrutinising the attempts of officials to understand a transport revolution beyond their control. It is a story of the increasing alienation of bureaucrats from the public they thought they were serving, but also of a nation struggling to come to terms with modernity.

Railway Top Spots

Author: Julian Holland
Publisher: David & Charles
ISBN: 1446302628
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Railway Top Spots from the Author: Julian Holland. A nostalgic look back at the top spots for trainspotters in the1950s and 60s. A wealth of memories for those once and always train enthusiastswho can remember the excitement of close encounters with steam and speed,tracks and trains, engines and engineers. Divided into the six British railwayregions, each chapter documents the favourite stations and engine sheds thatwere a magnet to the spotter. An evocative look at the golden age of Britishrailways in the post-war years, this book revisits the bestselling The LostJoy of Railways with the addition of new photographs, personal note bookpages, and other ephemera. A perfect gift for train spotters, old andyoung.

Waverley Novels

Author: Sir Walter Scott
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Waverley Novels from the Author: Sir Walter Scott.

The Characters In The Waverley Novels

Author: Mary Fair Anderson Husband
Publisher: Jazzybee Verlag
ISBN: 3849645169
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The Characters In The Waverley Novels from the Author: Mary Fair Anderson Husband. This book is intended as a work of reference for the student and lover of the Waverley Novels, and, in a minor degree, for the humanist who sees in Scott a noble nature worthy of closer acquaintance. Its aim is that of a Dictionary and not an Encyclopædia--an identification and description, rather than a condensed narrative, of the multitude of characters created by Sir Walter. No fewer than 2836 characters are comprised in the Dictionary, and these include 37 horses and 33 dogs. Every reader who is interested in Scott's works will love this most detailed and perfectly formatted dictionary.