The essays in this volume address the future of railway history as a discipline and consider the roles of both amateur and professional railway historians. The contributors tackle a number of themes of significance in railway history and seek to indicate new perspectives which might be opened up. Generally, railway history has been something of a backwater in British historical studies compared with other areas of transport history and with railway history of other countries. It has also been weakened by its division between the preoccupations of amateur and professional historians. This volume brings the discipline of railway history to the foreground.
’The book is excellent…well worth consulting….' The Railway Magazine ’…offers a wealth of information, ideas and stimulating comment.’ Journal of Transport Geography, 8
Contents: Foreword, David Dilks; Antiquarianism or analysis? The future of railway history, Howard Newby; Railway investment, M.C. Reed; Railway development and the role of the state: reflections of the Victorian and Edwardian experience, M.W. Kirby; The historical geographer’s approach to railway history: the relations between railways and canals, D. Turnock; Railway architecture, architects and engineers, Gordon Biddle; The railway in industry, M.J.T. Lewis; Technical changes and railway systems, Colin Divall; Bibliography; Index.