Locomotion Railway Revolution TV series Hard Cover Ideas of steam men War RY art
Locomotion Railway Revolution TV series Hard Cover Ideas of steam men War RY art

Locomotion Railway Revolution TV series Hard Cover Ideas of steam men War RY art

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Locomotion Railway Revolution TV series Hard Cover Ideas of steam men War RY art
Locomotion, The Railway Revolution, The Book of the Major TV Series By Nicholas Faith, 1993 BBC Books,

240 pages including index, approximately 8x10 inches.

Table of Contents: The Ideas of Steam, Men of Steam,
Capitalists and Workers, The War Machines, Imperial Power, Regions and Industries, Steam and Society, Temples of Steam, Railway Art, Return Train.

Today, after a generation of neglect in favour of the all-conquering motor car, the railways of the world are undergoing a revolution and re set for a triumphal return to favour. Their rebirth, like their original conquests, is global. It includes some of the most ambitious engineering projects ever undertaken, such as the Channel Tunnel between Britain and France and the combined bridge and tunnel link between Scandinavia and the European mainland. This regeneration has meant overcoming huge logistical problems, like laying tracks over the Gobi Desert in Mongolia. By 1994 this line will provide a
continuous rail link between London and Shanghai or Saigon, proving that railways can no longer be seen as merely a historical phenomenon.

As well as looking into the future, Locomotion looks to the past. It illustrates the infinite number of ways in which railways have changed the face of the world, democratizing travel and providing exciting opportunities for human ingenuity and endeavour. Politicians, financiers and imperialists may have exploited the railways' power for their own ends, but in so doing they opened up the world. Over time the railways tamed the wilderness, creating whole new regions from Siberia to the Canadian Prairies, conjuring up new industries, providing more and more fresher foodstuffs for the inhabitants of the cities they had spawned. They also created the modern tourist, whether bound for the
seaside or the mountains, and they became a universal means of transport, just as useful for pilgrims on their way to Lourdes as for gamblers on their way to Monte Carlo.

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