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A Century of Railway Travel

A Century of Railway Travel

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A Century of Railway Travel

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110 página
42 minutos
Lançado em:
Apr 10, 2014
ISBN:
9780747814917
Formato:
Livro

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From the Edwardian golden age of steam to the present, the railway has captured the hearts and imaginations of the British people like no other mode of travel. In wartime and peace, along major routes and minor, steam, diesel and electric trains have carried commuters to work, families to holiday destinations and provided the means to myriad other adventures – the train a constant presence in an ever-changing way of life. A Century of Railway Travel presents one hundred years of the British passenger's story, using striking full-page imagery with commentary from bestselling author Paul Atterbury. From the open platforms of provincial stations before the First World War to the modern throngs at Waterloo on Derby Day, and from compartments that separated rich from poor and male from female, to the rise to dominance of modern standard class, this book depicts the rich tapestry of progress and heritage that has been the last century of British train travel. The coloured card ticket in your hand, the rough feel of the upholstered seats, and the call of the whistle, the scenery begins to move across the carriage windows of one of Britain's great steam-trains: with full-page illustrations and text alive with insight and nostalgia, this is a passenger's history of train travel in the last century.
Lançado em:
Apr 10, 2014
ISBN:
9780747814917
Formato:
Livro

Sobre o autor

Paul Atterbury is the author of numerous books on railway topics including Branch Line Britain and Along Lost Lines and has appeared regularly as an expert on the BBC's Antiques Roadshow.

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A Couple at the Window

circa 1912

This handsome couple posing in the window of a first-class compartment seem to capture the confident aura of Britain’s Edwardian era. They are well-dressed, relaxed and confident as they wait for the train to depart and the photographer seems to have captured a universally familiar event. In fact, the image, taken for publicity purposes, shows Walter Passmore, a famous actor and singer associated with the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company, and his wife, the Scottish actress Agnes Fraser. The couple are representatives of a time when trains were for most people an essential part of daily life. The world of theatre and entertainment was especially indebted to railways. Actors and performers regularly travelled the length and breadth of Britain by train. The railways also transported sets and costumes, for which special goods wagons were available, and famously carried whole circuses around the country, including the animals. A theatre company could finish their last performance on a Saturday night and by the Monday morning everything could be set up in another theatre, sometimes hundreds of miles away. The railways also catered for theatregoers, running late trains from city and town stations to the suburbs and the country. Another reflection of the place of the train in Edwardian life was the large number of books, comic songs, plays and early films that featured railway settings or

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