British Rail - A New History

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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.


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 man' Observer


Pages: 416

Dimensions: 240mm x 162mm x 38mm

Weight: 685g


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