Cassell's Railways of the World Volume 1 By Fred Talbot Hard Cover 360 Pages

Cassell's Railways of the World Volume 1 By Fred Talbot Hard Cover 360 Pages

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Cassell's Railways of the World Volume 1 By Fred Talbot Hard Cover 360 Pages
Cassells Railways of the World Volume 1 By Fred Talbot Hard Cover 360 Pages with numerous illustrations in photogravure & half tone
SINCE the volumes of "Railway Wonders of the World " were published ten years ago the girdling of the globe with steelways has continued apace;  while the railway situation, as a whole, has undergone a dramatic transformation. The gridirons of steel, enmeshing the various countries, were conceived, planned, financed and built by many hands. A score of miles of line were contrived here to satisfy local needs; a hundred miles were built there to connect two trading centres; while a thousand miles were laid somewhere else to constitute the great artery of communication between isolated communities. Each was elaborated as a separate entity to have an independent existence.
The days of frantic railway-building, however, by self-contained private interests have passed for ever. The great systems have extended their tentacles on every hand to absorb the lesser roads in their advance. Consolidation and amalgamation are in active progress, and by the absorption of these fragmentary steel-ways, "zones of influence " are being created. The grouping process is bringing about the extinction of many lines, the names of which were household words; their achievements in settlement and the general up-building of the community are in danger of becoming obscured, if not actually lost to memory.
The general acceptance of the policy of "community of interests " is not only destroying individuality, but is slowing down new construction in the more settled territories. Even when we turn to the lesser developed parts of the world we find that the railway invasion is being conducted according to carefully prepared programmes. Haphazard speculative construction is giving way to rigid system : the interests of the whole are being considered rather than the requirements of the few. While this tendency is depriving railway conquest of its picturesqueness it is bestowing manifold advantages in other directions. It is contributing to the wider recognition of standardization in all matters pertaining to the layout and operation of the worlds railways.

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