Great Railway Era Brunel A railtour of His achievements by Vic Mitchell
Great Railway Era Brunel A railtour of His achievements by Vic Mitchell
Great Railway Era Brunel A railtour of His achievements by Vic Mitchell
Great Railway Era Brunel A railtour of His achievements by Vic Mitchell
Great Railway Era Brunel A railtour of His achievements by Vic Mitchell
Great Railway Era Brunel A railtour of His achievements by Vic Mitchell
Great Railway Era Brunel A railtour of His achievements by Vic Mitchell

Great Railway Era Brunel A railtour of His achievements by Vic Mitchell

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Great Railway Era Brunel A railtour of His achievements by Vic Mitchell
 
Great Railway Era Brunel A railtour of His achievements by Vic Mitchell
Hard Cover
96 pages
Copyright 2006
CONTENTS
1.Background
2.London to Bristol
3.Bristol to the West
4.Branches South and West
5.Swindon to South Wales
6.Northwards from Didcot
7.Oxford Westwards
INTRODUCTION
More than 50 books have appeared on Isambard Kingdom Brunel, technical and biographical, or both. This is the first album to look solely at his railway legacy, although many of the views are of structures now lost. They are in journey order from London and include many familiar panoramas, together with less well known locations, where work was carried out in Brunel's style by his subordinates, occasionally posthumously.
The first section gives a brief background and readers are strongly recommended to read one of the biographies, once they have been impressed by the man's achievements after seeing this volume.
No claim is made that a comprehensive collection of contemporary views is included in this book. Many of Brunel's smaller bridges are omitted, as are a number of tunnel portals and stone retaining walls, many of which are in the Bath area.
Some railways are omitted for which Brunel was engineer as no visual records have been obtained, but the feature of his lines for which he will be best remembered was the broad gauge track. This was laid at an amazing 7ft 01/4ins between rails, but it prevented through running to the rest of Britain. It is extensively illustrated herein, as is the prolonged conversion process to 4ft 81/2ins.
He is also widely known for the atmospheric railway, although it was not his idea. He specified it for the South Devon Railway, as it avoided the use of locomotives in this hilly terrain. It was a spectacular failure; please see pictures 3.14 to 3.24 for details.


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