Early Railways


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Early Railways

Rodney Dale


Railways are a great deal more than trains and tracks. From the early 19th century onwards the growth of railway systems revolutionized travel and communications across countries and continents and affected almost every aspect of urban and industrial development.

In this detailed survey, Rodney Dale tells the story of the invention and development of this new means of transport and looks at the associated activities on which the running of the first railway systems relied: advances In surveying and the construction of tracks; the intricacies of timetabling; the first tickets and ticket booking systems; how the railway companies promoted their businesses; how speculators influenced the development of new routes; and railway architecture and Its Impact on the landscape. The story is clearly and entertainingly illustrated from patents, blueprints, newspapers,

advertisements and cartoons from contemporary sources,

Discoveries and Inventions is a series focusing on areas of everyday life that have been radically changed by technological innovation, drawing on source material from the British Library's wide-ranging collections.

Rodney Dale has spent a lifetime writing books at all levels on engineering and technology topics.