The arrival of the railway was one of the most far reaching events in the history of the Victorian city. The present study, based upon detailed case histories of Britain's five largest cities (London, Birmingham, Glasgow, Manchester and Liverpool), shows how the railways gave Victorian cities their compact shape, influenced topography and character of their central districts, and determines the nature of suburban expansion.
This book was first published in 1969.
1. Introduction and summary
Part One: 'Natural Growth' in Urban Railways
2. Did the Victorians count social costs?
3. Railway profits and the Victorian city
4. Municipal authority and the railway companies
Part Two: Case Histories
Part Three: The Impact of Railways on Victorian Cities
10. The railway as an agent of internal change in Victorian cities: the city centre
11. The railway as an agent of internal change in Victorian cities: the inner city districts and the suburbs
12. Railways and land market