Great Victorian Railway Journeys: How Modern Britain Was Built by Victorian Steam Power

Great Victorian Railway Journeys: How Modern Britain Was Built by Victorian Steam Power

Language: English

Pages: 256

ISBN: 0007457065

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The perfect companion to Bradshaw's guide book. Showcasing in colour all that is great about Bradshaw's guide. Great British Railway Journeys has been a hugely successful TV programme, which is now into its third series on BBC2. Much as Michael Palin built up a dedicated fan base for travel around the globe, so Michael Portillo has done likewise for lovers of trains in his explorations the length and breadth of the United Kingdom from the window of a train seat. Both charming and insightful, Michael again uses Bradshaw's guides, and now undertakes five unique journeys that were constructed by the Victorians from 1830-1900. Across 25 episodes he delves into this fascinating and colourful period of our history, and show how the modern British landscape was created from this Victorian legacy. From Windsor to Weymouth, Great Yarmouth to London, Oxford to Milford Haven, Berwick to Barrow, and finally Dublin to Belfast - Michael will go back in time to showcase areas of outstanding Victorian engineering and design across Queen Victoria's dominions. Key parts of the programme and tie-in book will showcase how the world's very first fixed-track train in Merthyr Tydfil operated; how the world's first electric train service ran in Southend to its famous pier; and he also celebrates the wide variety of lines that opened up trade and mobility to the Victorian classes. Travelling on a variety of existing, and in some cases restored, Victorian train lines, he meets their passionate supporters who lovingly work on them, and also looks at the modern landscape to tell the story of how each area was shaped by their Victorian forebears. Lavishly produced, this will once again be a 'must have' purchase for all train lovers, as well as those who simply want to find out their heritage and what is now available to view and travel upon in the 21st century to transport them back in time.

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It also became central to weapons science and technology. In 1865 a patent was granted for gun cotton, a new if somewhat unstable explosive, which was then produced at Waltham Abbey. It was also the focus of production for cordite, a smokeless alternative to gunpowder pioneered in 1889. A network of railways crossed the site after a building programme escalated during the Crimean War at a time when steam could provide the necessary power for production. The rails were for wagons which were.

Themselves as never before. There were marches in both the east and west end of London. There was a strike fund, with each contribution listed in an accounts book. For the first time the London Trades Council – formed in 1860 to represent skilled workers – lent its support, donating £20 to the strike fund and offered to mediate in talks. A strike headquarters set up in Bow Road to coordinate action and maintain a register of everyone involved. The Strike Register reveals many of the women and.

Disorders. © Mary Evans Picture Library The Malvern Water Cure. With water cures something of a fashion in Europe, Malvern was soon on the radar of two doctors who had enduring faith in the hidden powers emanating from the filtered rainwater that bubbled up in the form of springs. Dr James Wilson and Dr James Gully were established in the town by 1842, a full 18 years before the railway arrived in Malvern, rigorously ensuring their patients exercised, ate properly, drank spring water and,.

There was no money available to settle the accounts. The tangled web apparently led to the suicide of two sons and left his family in financial ruin. He is the ancestor of television presenter Davina McCall. © Mary Evans Picture Library/Alamy Joseph Paxton (1803–1865). © Michael Rose/Alamy Brunel’s railway bridge at Maidenhead, built in 1838. The railway line between Maidenhead and Slough is distinguished by one of Brunel’s most graceful bridges. To build it, he tore up the rule books.

Nonetheless, the Merchant Railway remained in service until the start of the Second World War. Its freight was soft, grey Portland stone, quarried for centuries and already apparent in St Paul’s Cathedral and Buckingham Palace. With the Merchant Railway, however, some very tricky transport issues were resolved for the industry. With stone from the quarries now dispatched quickly to the port side and winched aboard cargo ships, thanks to the railway the market for Portland stone was dramatically.

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