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1st Edition

Routledge Revivals: The Atlas of British Railway History (1985)

ISBN 9781138566538
Published June 17, 2019 by Routledge
132 Pages

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Book Description

First published in 1985, this Atlas uses over 50 specially drawn maps to trace the rise and fall of the railways’ fortunes, and is supported by an interesting and authoritative text. Financial and operating statistics are clearly presented in diagrammatic form and provide a wealth of information rarely available to the student of railway history. Freeman and Aldcroft provide the basis for a new understanding of the way in which the railways transformed Britain by the scale of their engineering works, by shrinking national space and reorganising the layouts of urban areas. Maps show the evolution of early wagon routes into the first railway routes, the frenetic activity of the ‘Railway Mania’ years, and the consolidation of these lines into a national network. This exciting presentation of railway development will interest the enthusiast as well as the more general student of British transport history.


Table of Contents



1. Precursors 

2. Birth 

3. Pioneers 1: Stockton and Darlington 

4. Pioneers 2: Liverpool and Manchester 

5. A Network Created  

6. Railway Mania 

7. The Railway System by 1850 

8. The Broad Gauge  

9. Social Benefits 

10. Railways in the Landscape 


11. The Network Matures: 1850-1875 

12. The Growth of Traffic  

13. The Locomotive Stable  

14. Network Intensification: 1875-1914 

15. The Race to the North 

16. Railways and Towns 

17. Railway Pricing 

18. Traffic Density: 1901 

19. Edwardian Zenith 


20. World War One 

21. The Railways in 1921 

22. The Grouping: 1923 

23. Steam Power at its Zenith 

24. A New Age in Passenger Services 

25. Southern Electric 

26. Road Competition: The Railway Response 

27. Railway Air Services 

28. The Railways in 1938


29. World War Two 

30. The Big Four in Twilight  

31. Nationalisation 

32. Modernisation  

33. Air and Road Competition  

34. The Beeching Era 

35. Into a New Age… Or Lingering Decline? 

36. Now They Are Closed… Now They Are Open 



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