British Rail

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Publisher's Synopsis

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

'Wolmar's book is impeccably organized and makes a fast, enjoyable read' THE TIMES Literary Supplement
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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 man' Observer

Book information

ISBN: 9780241456200
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint: Michael Joseph
Pub date:
DEWEY: 385.0941
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 71
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 680g
Height: 164mm
Width: 242mm
Spine width: 40mm