Railways of the Raj By Satow & Desmond Dust Jacket 1980 118 Pages
Railways of the Raj By Satow & Desmond Dust Jacket 1980 118 Pages
Railways of the Raj By Satow & Desmond Dust Jacket 1980 118 Pages

Railways of the Raj By Satow & Desmond Dust Jacket 1980 118 Pages

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Railways of the Raj By Satow & Desmond Dust Jacket 1980 118 Pages
 
Railways of the Raj By Satow & Desmond Dust Jacket 1980  118 Pages
Plates start on Page 51.  Lots of full page black & white photos.
Schemes for railways in India were germinating in the early 1840s, but years of argument delayed the first train until r 853, four years before the Mutiny. They began experimentally and developed erratically, with imported locomotives and materials. Building the system involved remarkable feats of track-laying, tunnelling and bridge-building as well as the no less remarkable exercise of improvisation and perseverance. Railways were the key to the development of the hinterland and the sole means of travel within the subcontinent. They facilitated political control and were, therefore, of great strategic importance. For many people, named or nameless, they were a source of work and a way of life. As Paul Theroux says in his foreword the railway was the bloodstream of India .
Railways of the Raj brings together early photographs of the rolling stock, scenery, people, architecture, triumphs, comedy and disasters of Indian railways before the First World War.

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