The Times Mapping the Railways: The Journey of Britains Railways Through Maps from 1819 to the Present Day Julian Holland

ISBN: 9780007435999

Published: November 1st 2011

Hardcover

304 pages


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The Times Mapping the Railways: The Journey of Britains Railways Through Maps from 1819 to the Present Day  by  Julian Holland

The Times Mapping the Railways: The Journey of Britains Railways Through Maps from 1819 to the Present Day by Julian Holland
November 1st 2011 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 304 pages | ISBN: 9780007435999 | 8.23 Mb

Railways appear in almost every type of map available throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Detailed Parliamentary plans were drawn up for hundreds of proposed railway schemes (many of which never got past the drawing board). Once built,MoreRailways appear in almost every type of map available throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Detailed Parliamentary plans were drawn up for hundreds of proposed railway schemes (many of which never got past the drawing board). Once built, the Ordnance Survey then plotted the lines onto their national maps of Britain. Cartographers such as John Barthomolew & Son, Cruchley and Bradshaw, were commissioned to draw vast numbers of railway maps during the boom years. Maps were produced as an aid to the management of the railways- to promote the railway companies’ networks- and to enable passengers to plan their journeys, then understand the passing scene as they gazed from the carriage window. Thirty mileposts describe the history of the railways- Alongside the maps are a series of milepost features which give a detailed description of key events and eras in the history of Britain’s railways.

The nineteenth century saw the foundations laid for our modern railway network, with huge building projects constructing thousands of miles of track, bridges, and tunnels. This expansion slowed in the early twentieth century as competition from the car and the lorry began to bite. The railways made an enormous contribution to the World Wars, then underwent massive re-equipment after nationalisation, before changing drastically following the famous Beeching Report of 1963. The modern era has seen an expansion of the network again, with the Channel Tunnel built, and branch lines closed in the 1960s re-opening for business in the later years of public ownership and the first two decades of the privatised railway.



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