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  • Bradshaw’s Continental Railway Guide (full edition)

    by Bloomsbury Publishing

    A facsimile edition of Bradshaw's fascinating guide to Europe's rail network.Bradshaw's descriptive railway handbook of Europe was originally published in 1913 and was the inspiration behind Michael Portillo's BBC television series 'Great Continental Railway Journeys'. It is divided into three sections: timetables for services covering the continent; short guides to the best places to see and to ... Read more

    $29.80 AUD

  • Mr Briggs' Hat

    A Sensational Account of Britain's First Railway Murder

    by Kate Colquhoun

    THE THRILLING TRUE STORY OF BRITAIN'S FIRST EVER RAILWAY MURDER'A fascinatingly quirky portrait of the underside of Victorian London . . . unputdownable' Daily Telegraph'A cunning and suspenseful tale' Independent'Meticulously researched . . . the final revelation is a showstopper' New York TimesOn 9 July 1864, businessman Thomas Briggs walked into carriage 69 on t... ... Read more

    $12.99 AUD

  • To the Edge of the World

    The Story of the Trans-Siberian Railway

    by Christian Wolmar

    Christian Wolmar expertly tells the story of the Trans-Siberian railway from its conception and construction under Tsar Alexander III, to the northern extension ordered by Brezhnev and its current success as a vital artery. He also explores the crucial role the line played in both the Russian Civil War -Trotsky famously used an armoured carriage as his command post - and the Second World War, ... Read more

    $12.64 AUD

  • Engines of War

    How Wars Were Won and Lost on the Railways

    by Christian Wolmar

    Engines of War tells the dramatic story of how the railways revolutionized the nature of warfare, ushering in an age of industrialized conflict in which wars were fought on a previously unimaginable scale. From the moment of its first appearance, the 'iron road' not only rendered armies more mobile, but also massively increased the power and the deadliness of the weaponry available to them ... Read more

    $12.64 AUD

  • Blood, Iron and Gold

    How the Railways Transformed the World

    by Christian Wolmar

    The birth of the railways and their rapid spread across the world triggered economic growth and social change on an unprecedented scale.From Panama to the Punjab, Tasmania to Turin, Blood, Iron and Gold describes the vision and determination of the pioneers who developed railways that would link cities that had hitherto been isolated, and would one day span continents. Christian Wolmar reveals how ... Read more

    $12.64 AUD

  • The Subterranean Railway

    How the London Underground was Built and How it Changed the City Forever

    by Christian Wolmar

    Since the Victorian era, London's Underground has had played a vital role in the daily life of generations of Londoners. In The Subterranean Railway, Christian Wolmar celebrates the vision and determination of the nineteenth-century pioneers who made the world's first, and still the largest, underground passenger railway: one of the most impressive engineering achievements in history.From the ... Read more

    $12.64 AUD

  • Billy Connolly's Tracks Across America

    by Billy Connolly

    Billy Connolly - raconteur, comedian, and irrepressible wanderer - has spent much of his life in the United States. It's a country he knows and loves a great deal, but even someone as well-travelled as Billy can always discover knew things about such a vast nation. So he's off on the move again, this time via the tracks of the great railroads that helped to build the country.Billy's latest ... Read more

    $19.99 AUD

  • Lambourn: Stations of the Great Western Railway

    by Charles Darvelle

    series Stations of the Great Western Railway #5
    A fascinating history of one of the long vanished stations on the Great Western Railway.Lambourn Station is no more. There is nothing left on the ground to show that this was once the thriving terminus of an independent railway line, later taken over by the Great Western Railway. The station had a coal yard, engine shed, cattle pens, racehorse loading bays and all the necesseties of a line ... Read more

    $1.25 AUD

  • East Garston: Stations of the Great Western Railway GWR

    by Charles Darvelle

    series Stations of the Great Western Railway #7
    An enjoyable history of one of the long vanished branch line stations on the Great Western Railway.East Garston is no more. The site remains, but there is little to show where this once bustling village railway station and its level crossing once stood. East Garston handled a wide variety of agricultural freight, as well as passengers and parcels.In this book we learn when East Garston was built ... Read more

    $1.25 AUD

  • Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America

    by Richard White

    A new, incisive history of the transcontinental railroads and how they transformed America in the decades after the Civil War.The transcontinental railroads of the late nineteenth century were the first corporate behemoths. Their attempts to generate profits from proliferating debt sparked devastating panics in the U.S. economy. Their dependence on public largess drew them into the corridors of ... Read more

    $37.83 AUD

  • Rails Across the Rockies

    Surveying and Constructing the Great Railways of the Canadian West

    by Graeme Pole

    The construction of the Canadian Pacific, the Grand Trunk Pacific, and the Canadian Northern railways rank among the greatest political and financial gambles in Canada’s history. Politicians, engineers, and surveyors bickered and scrapped for years over why, how, and where to locate the rails. Each of the enterprises helped to stitch the country together physically while threatening to tear it ... Read more

    $6.13 AUD

  • British Diesel Locomotives of the 1950s and ‘60s

    by Greg Morse

    series Shire Library
    After the Second World War, the drive for the modernisation of Britain's railways ushered in a new breed of locomotive: the Diesel. Diesel-powered trains had been around for some time, but faced with a coal crisis and the Clean Air Act in the 1950s, it was seen as a part of the solution for British Rail. This beautifully illustrated book, written by an expert on rail history, charts the rise and ... Read more

    $11.98 AUD

  • Electro-Motive E-Units and F-Units

    The Illustrated History of North America's Favorite Locomotives

    by Brian Solomon

    Blending automotive manufacturing and styling techniques with state-of-the-art diesel-electric technologies, General Motors’ Electro-Motive Division conceived and marketed America’s first commercially successful road diesels: the fabulous E-Units and F-Units. This illustrated companion to Voyageur Press’ Alco Locomotives (2009) and Baldwin Locomotives (2010) is the most comprehensive history of ... Read more

    $55.32 AUD

  • Welford Park: Stations of the Great Western Railway GWR

    by Charles Darvelle

    series Stations of the Great Western Railway #9
    A well researched history of one of closed branch line stations on the Great Western Railway.Welford Park Station is no more. This was once the busiest of all the stations on the Lambourn Valley Line serving as it did the huge RAF base nearby as well as the village of Welford. But now there is little left on the ground to show where this railway station once stood. Some of the older residents can ... Read more

    $1.25 AUD

  • Great Shefford: Stations of the Great Western Railway GWR

    by Charles Darvelle

    series Stations of the Great Western Railway #8
    An engaging history of one of the lost branch line stations on the Great Western Railway.Great Shefford Station is no more. Although it was once a bustling village station with a thriving trade in timber felled in nearby woods, there is little left on the ground to show where this railway station once stood. Some of the older residents can still remember the trains rattling through the station and ... Read more

    $1.25 AUD

  • Contemporary Perspective on GWR Signalling

    Semaphore Swansong

    by Allen Jackson

    For over 150 years Britain's railways have relied on a system of semaphore signalling, but by 2020, all semaphore signals and lineside signal boxes will be gone. A Contemporary Perspective on GWR Signalling provides a unique record of the last operational mechanical signalling and infrastructure on Britain's railway network, as it applied to the former Great Western Railway (and lines owned ... Read more

    $27.16 AUD

  • George M. Pullman: Palace Car Magnate

    by Daniel Alef

    Executive jets and yachts are the quintessential tableau of today's tycoons. A century or more ago it was Pullman Palace Cars and yachts. The Palace Cars were ornate, featured extravagant pomp, from crystal chandeliers and marble baths to sumptuous bedrooms, libraries and living rooms walled in mahogany, with servant quarters nearby. The man who made this possible, George Pullman, catered to the ... Read more

    $3.82 AUD

  • Death, Dynamite & Disaster

    A Grisly British Railway History

    by Rosa Matheson

    A safe mode of transport today, the railways were far from vehicles of sleepy commute when they first came into service; indeed, accidents were commonplace and sometimes were a result of something far more sinister. In this fresh approach to railway history, Rosa Matheson explores the grim and grisly railway past. These horrible happenings include memorable disasters and accidents, the lack of ... Read more

    $8.46 AUD

  • The Great Railway Revolution

    The Epic Story of the American Railroad

    by Christian Wolmar

    In the 1830s, The United States underwent a second revolution. The opening of the Baltimore & Ohio line, the first American railroad, set in motion a process which, by the end of the century, would enmesh the vast country in a latticework of railroad lines, small-town stations and magisterial termini, built and controlled the biggest corporations in America.By the middle of the twentieth century, ... Read more

    $12.64 AUD

  • Fire and Steam

    A New History of the Railways in Britain

    by Christian Wolmar

    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 ... Read more

    $12.64 AUD

  • The Tunnel Through Time

    A New Route for an Old London Journey

    by Gillian Tindall

    Crossrail, the ‘Elizabeth’ line, is simply the latest way of traversing a very old east–west route through what was once countryside to the city and out again. Visiting Stepney, Liverpool Street, Tottenham Court Road and Oxford Street, Gillian Tindall traces the course of many of these historical journeys across time as well as space.The Tunnel Through Time uncovers the lives of those who walked ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • The Train Book

    The Definitive Visual History

    by DK

    This glorious visual celebration of train travel keeps you on the right track with stop-offs at the most important and incredible rail routes from all over the world.Your first stop in The Train Book is the groundbreaking steam locomotives of the 19th century and your final destination is the high-speed bullet trains of today. From the Union-Pacific Railroad to the Trans-Siberian Railway, you'll ... Read more

    $15.99 AUD

  • Australian Steam Locomotives 1855-1895

    by Jim Turner

    This book uses Watercolour paintings to illustrate all 157 types of steam locomotives used on State Government Railways around Australia during the years 1855 to 1895 including details of all goods, passenger and shunting locomotives in service. The name of their builder and where they were built, their length of time in service as well which lines they were used on and then if they were sold for ... Read more

    $15.34 AUD

  • The Lunatic Express

    by Charles Miller

    In 1895, George Whitehouse arrived at the east African post of Mombasa to perform an engineering miracle: the building of the Mombasa-Nairobi-Lake Victoria Railway – a 600-mile route that was largely unmapped and barely explored. Behind Mombasa lay a scorched, waterless desert. Beyond, a horizonless scrub country climbed toward a jagged volcanic region bisected by the Great Rift Valley. A hundred ... Read more

    $13.19 AUD