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Great Western Railway A History

Author : Andrew Roden
ISBN : 9781845137960
Genre : Transportation
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DIV God’s Wonderful Railway”, it was called if you were a fan; the “great Way Round” if you took a rather more jaundiced view of some of its circuitous branch lines. But 175 years after its foundation, the Great Western Railway company is remembered with the most nostalgia, even love, of all Britain’s pre-nationalisation railway companies. It built, and ran, the great main line from London to the West Country and Cornwall (today’s First Great Western franchise). It was engineered by the greatest of them all, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, who built such wonders as the Box Tunnel and the Saltash bridge. Its steam locomotives were designed by great men like Churchward and Hawkesworth. But also it had wonderful stations like the soaring Paddington and Bristol Temple Meads, as well as innumerable idyllic country halts with little more than a pagoda shelter and a couple of milk churns awaiting collection. Its engines were painted a deep green, its carriages chocolate and cream. Its Cornish Riviera Express train, and the line alongside the beach at Dawlish sprayed by the waves, became the stuff of legend. Now Andy Roden has written the first comprehensive history of the GWR for 20 years, to tie in with its 175th anniversary. It will appeal to everyone who bought his Flying Scotsman or Christian Wolmar’s railway histories. /div

Tracing Your West Country Ancestors

Author : Kirsty Gray
ISBN : 9781783376612
Genre : Reference
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This book is an essential handbook for those researching their ancestry in the counties of Cornwall, Devon and Somerset and the city of Bristol. It begins with an introduction to the identity of The West Country, its geography and history over the centuries. It then guides family historians through the wealth of historical records available both online and in archives and libraries in order to add the flesh to the bones of the names of ancestors on their family trees.West Country expert Kirsty Gray highlights fascinating details that can be uncovered about the places where our ancestors lived, their occupations and the distinctive features, identity and character of the West Country itself. She provides case studies of some notable individuals from the counties as well as records of those individuals who never hit the headlines.This practical and informative guide is a must have for readers wishing to find out more about all aspects of life in this area of England.

The Branch Lines Of Devon

Author : Colin G. Maggs
ISBN : 9781445625607
Genre : History
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The second of two lavishly illustrated titles from acknowledged railway expert Colin G. Maggs, presenting the story of Devon’s branch lines.

The Great Western Railway

Author : Stanley C Jenkins
ISBN : 9781445639802
Genre : Transportation
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The Cornwall Railway was authorised on 3 August 1846 with the aim of constructing a broad gauge rail link between Plymouth, Truro and Falmouth. After many vicissitudes, the railway was ceremonially opened between Plymouth and Truro on 2 May 1859. Meanwhile, further to the west, an entirely separate undertaking known as the West Cornwall Railway had been sanctioned with powers for the construction of a standard gauge railway between Truro and Penzance, which would incorporate parts of the earlier Hayle Railway. The WCR was completed in 1852, although there was no connection with the Cornwall Railway until 1859. Despite the 'break-of-gauge' at Truro, these two railways formed part of a through route between Paddington and Penzance and, as such, they were subsequently absorbed into the GWR system as part of the present-day West of England main line.

West From Paddington

Author : Stuart Cole
ISBN : 9781905633050
Genre : England
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West from Paddington is the essential companion for every traveller on First Great Western Railway. Packed with information on all the landmarks, railway history, geographical features and places of interest that can be seen from your window as your journey unfolds, this indispensable guide covers three great routes - Paddington to Bristol; Reading to Penzance and Swindon to Carmarthen. A route map for each section of the journey highlights the features described, and the book includes hundreds of specially commissioned colour photographs giving a 'traveller's-eye' view. Each entry indicates on which side of the train the place or item of interest described can be found. Written by lifelong railway enthusiast and Professor of Transport, Stuart Cole, and with a Foreword by pop impresario and railway devotee Pete Waterman OBE, West from Paddington will turn your journey into a voyage of discovery.

Parallel Lines

Author : Ian Marchant
ISBN : 9781408866221
Genre : Transportation
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For 175 years the British have lived with the railway, and for a long while it was a love affair - the grandeur of the Victorian heyday, the glorious age of steam, the romance of Brief Encounter. Then the love affair turned sour - strikes, bad food, delays, disasters... Parallel Lines tells the story of these two railways: the real railway and the railway of our dreams. Travelling all over Britain, Ian Marchant examines the history of the British railway and meets those who still hold the railways close to their hearts - the model railway enthusiasts, the train-spotters and bashers (a hybrid of train-spotting where the individual - usually male - has to travel behind a certain locomotive in order to catalogue it), the steam enthusiasts. He swaps stories with commuters at the far reaches of London suburbia, he travels to deserted railway museums, and smokes cigarettes on remote, windswept stations in the furthest corners of Scotland, turning his characteristic eye for character, humour and surprise to one of the great shared experiences of the British nation.

The Branch Lines Of Dorset

Author : Colin Maggs
ISBN : 9781445612348
Genre : Transportation
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A lavishly illustrated title from acknowledged railway expert Colin G. Maggs, presenting the story of Dorset’s branch lines.

South West Heritage Steam Railways

Author : Adrian Harris
ISBN : 0857042297
Genre : Railroads
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The South West is a particularly rich area for preserved steam railways, with five of the most famous and picturesque of the nation's heritage lines in the region: the Bodmin & Wenford Railway, Dartmouth Steam Railway, South Devon Railway, Swanage Railway and West Somerset Railway. This book pays tribute to Britain's wonderful heritage railways and records the heroic efforts of those who fought to resurrect each of the five South West projects.

Fire And Steam

Author : Christian Wolmar
ISBN : 9781848872615
Genre : History
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The opening of the pioneering Liverpool and Manchester Railway in 1830 marked the beginning of the railways' vital role in changing the face of Britain. Fire and Steam celebrates the vision and determination of the ambitious Victorian pioneers who developed this revolutionary transport system and the navvies who cut through the land to enable a country-wide network to emerge. From the early days of steam to electrification, via the railways' magnificent contribution in two world wars, the chequered history of British Rail, and the buoyant future of the train, Fire and Steam examines the social and economical importance of the railway and how it helped to form the Britain of today.

Ottley S Bibliography Of British Railway History Second Supplement 12957 19605

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ISBN : STANFORD:36105024867041
Genre : Railroads
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Don Breckon S Country Railway Paintings

Author : Don Breckon
ISBN : IND:30000092413768
Genre : Art
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A gallery of 20+ full-page color reproductions is complemented by detailed captions describing the story behind each country railway painting.

Soil Survey

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Genre : Soil surveys
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West Country Of England And The Channel Islands

Author : Pneu Michelin (Firm)
ISBN : 2060000386
Genre : Automobile travel
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The Dirty Bombers

Author : Ed Taylor
ISBN : 9781783060443
Genre : Juvenile Fiction
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“The Quarry,” Rory croaked. “There’s been a massacre! They’re dead…. all DEAD!” It is high summer in the picturesque fishing village of Barlmouth and the beach and streets are thronged with tourists. Suddenly they are attacked by flocks of seagulls, acting in a structured and coordinated way. Why? Terrorism! Rork is a young seagull who discovers that local businessmen are secretly culling the birds in his colony. He finds himself thrust unwillingly into leadership of the gulls and organises a dramatic protest. Factions within the gull colony resort to more vicious methods to avenge their kinfolk and Rork struggles on two fronts to contain the inevitable escalation. Anne Rigby is a feisty young reporter for the local paper who realises that the birds have a message to convey and searches for the reason. The local population takes sides in the conflict that follows, which is followed avidly on national television. This culminates in a pitched battle between gulls and gunmen, centred on and around the elegant launching party of a superyacht belonging to a local dignitary. The conclusion is as sudden and surprising as it is unexpected. The Dirty Bombers is a humorous work of young adult fiction that will also appeal to older readers. It can be seen as an analogy for conflict between groups such as the Palestinians and Israelis, with peacemakers and hardliners on both sides, making the topic accessible to teen readers. Author Ed has been inspired by Richard Adams and John Wyndham.

The Railway Magazine

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ISBN : UOM:39015065069117
Genre : Railroads
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ISBN : IND:30000047688829
Genre : Booksellers' catalogs
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London Past And Present

Author : Henry Benjamin Wheatley
ISBN : 9781108028073
Genre : History
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This fascinating topographical dictionary of London, published in 1891, provides a valuable record of many places now lost to development.

Economic History Of Transport In Britain

Author : Christopher Savage
ISBN : 9781135654559
Genre : Business & Economics
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Published in 2005, Economic History of Transport Britain is a valuable contribution to the field of Economic History.

A Bibliography Of British Railway History

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ISBN : STANFORD:36105035308308
Genre : Railroads
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The West Country

Author : Derek Parker
ISBN : UOM:39015003486654
Genre : Cornwall (England : County)
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