Railway Ribaldry

Being 96 pages of railway humour

Author: W. Heath Robinson

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1783660236

Category: Transportation

Page: 96

View: 5780


First published for the centenary of the Great Western Railway in 1935, 'Railway Ribaldry' is an affectionate and humorous look at life on board the company's famous trains, incorporating some of William Heath Robinson's own trademark madcap contraptions. Featuring almost 100 cartoons – including amusing takes on the varied duties of railway police, the first 'ladies only' carriage and countless 'ingenious plans' and inventions – it is the perfect gift for any railway enthusiast.

Sicher auf den Schienen

Fragen zur Sicherheitsstrategie der Eisenbahn von 1825 bis heute


Publisher: Springer-Verlag

ISBN: 3034852568

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 261

View: 3912


Railways and Culture in Britain

The Epitome of Modernity

Author: Ian Carter

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719059667

Category: History

Page: 338

View: 1343


The 19th-century steam railway epitomized modernity's relentlessly onrushing advance. Ian Carter delves into the cultural impact of the train. Why, for example, did Britain possess no great railway novel? He compares fiction and images by canonical British figures (Turner, Dickens, Arnold Bennett) with selected French and Russian competitors: Tolstoy, Zola, Monet, Manet. He argues that while high cultural work on the British steam railway is thin, British popular culture did not ignore it. Detailed discussions of comic fiction, crime fiction, and cartoons reveal a popular fascination with railways tumbling from vast (and hitherto unexplored) stores of critically overlooked genres.

The Trains Now Departed

Sixteen Excursions into the Lost Delights of Britain's Railways

Author: Michael Williams

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1409052346

Category: Transportation

Page: 336

View: 4075


SOMETIMES you come across a lofty railway viaduct, marooned in the middle of a remote country landscape. Or a crumbling platform from some once-bustling junction buried under the buddleia. If you are lucky you might be able to follow some rusting tracks, or explore an old tunnel leading to...well, who knows where? Listen hard. Is that the wind in the undergrowth? Or the spectre of a train from a golden era of the past panting up the embankment? These are the ghosts of The Trains Now Departed. They are the railway lines, and services that ran on them that have disappeared and gone forever. Our lost legacy includes lines prematurely axed, often with a gripping and colourful tale of their own, as well as marvels of locomotive engineering sent to the scrapyard, and grand termini felled by the wrecker's ball. Then there are the lost delights of train travel, such as haute cuisine in the dining car, the grand expresses with their evocative names, and continental boat trains to romantic far-off places. The Trains Now Departed tells the stories of some of the most fascinating lost trains of Britain, vividly evoking the glories of a bygone age. In his personal odyssey around Britain Michael Williams tells the tales of the pioneers who built the tracks, the yarns of the men and women who operated them and the colourful trains that ran on them. It is a journey into the soul of our railways, summoning up a magic which, although mired in time, is fortunately not lost for ever. THIS EDITION REVISED AND UPDATED TO INCLUDE MAPS.

Fire and Steam

A New History of the Railways in Britain

Author: Christian Wolmar

Publisher: Atlantic Books Ltd

ISBN: 1848872615

Category: History

Page: 300

View: 7737


The opening of the pioneering Liverpool and Manchester Railway in 1830 marked the beginning of the railways' vital role in changing the face of Britain. Fire and Steam celebrates the vision and determination of the ambitious Victorian pioneers who developed this revolutionary transport system and the navvies who cut through the land to enable a country-wide network to emerge. From the early days of steam to electrification, via the railways' magnificent contribution in two world wars, the chequered history of British Rail, and the buoyant future of the train, Fire and Steam examines the social and economical importance of the railway and how it helped to form the Britain of today.

Railway Printed Ephemera

Being a Tragi-comic Picture of the Rise and Fall of the Railways in Great Britain Deduced from Some of the Bits and Pieces of Paper They Left Behind

Author: William Fenton

Publisher: Antique Collectors Club Limited


Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 200

View: 8709


The Oxford Companion to British Railway History from 1603 to the 1990s

Author: Jack Simmons,Gordon Biddle

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand


Category: Transportation

Page: 591

View: 6275


Of all the products of the Industrial Revolution, none left its mark on the landscape of Britain, or changed the lives of the British people, more than the railway. The encyclopedic Oxford Companion to British Railway History reveals, for the first time, the full story of this remarkable achievement: the inspired pioneers, the unprecedented feats of engineering, the romance, and the reality. From the primitive wagonways of the seventeenth century, through the eras of horse, steam, diesel,and electric traction, it explores the railway's unique place in our history, and the reasons for its extraordinary and enduring hold on our collective imagination. Unrivalled authority Over 600 entries by 88 distinguished contributors chart the progress of rail travel from 1603 to the late twentieth century. Comprehensive coverage Covers not only the technical and historical development of the railway, but its social, economic, political, and artistic aspects. Illustrated throughout Maps, diagrams, tables, and illustrations bring the text to life and demystify technical concepts. People, places, and politics Covers the key figures who influenced the development of the railways, the towns that were changed forever, and the policies that brought about the network's rise and fall.

System 4 Part II


Author: Henri van de Waal,L. D. Couprie,Rudi Fuchs

Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology

ISBN: 9780720484205

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 108

View: 317


Steel Wheels

The Evolution of the Railways and how They Stimulated and Excited Engineers, Architects, Artists, Writers, Musicians and Travellers

Author: A. F. Garnett

Publisher: Cannwood Press


Category: Transportation

Page: 266

View: 7100


Steel Wheels is an encyclopedic book travelling from the first optimistic days of James Watt and Stephenson's Rocket through the glory of the races across Britain by rival train operators, to the TGVs of the French railways and the promise of trains running at over 300 mph.


Author: Institute of Transport (London, England)

Publisher: N.A


Category: English periodicals

Page: N.A

View: 6516


Night Mail

Author: Scott Anthony

Publisher: British Film Institute

ISBN: 9781844572298

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 96

View: 6405


Night Mail (1936) is one of the best-loved and best-known films in the canon of British documentary cinema. Bringing together the creative talents of Harry Watt, Basil Wright, WH Auden and Benjamin Britten, the film gave John Griersona's documentary school its first popular success. Its collectivist politics and its peculiarly modest brand of modernism is as redolent of the inter-war age as Agatha Christie, Penguin Books or The Shell Guides. But it was also a corporate promo, part of a publicity campaign initiated by Clement Attlee to stave off Post Office part-privatisation and to improve the morale of postal workers. Scott Anthonya's study provides a lively appreciation of this vivid, witty and often just plain eccentric masterpiece. In doing so he uncovers the remarkable stories of civic-minded idealism, creative intrigue and political trickery that underpin this classic documentary.