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Early Railways 1569-1830 by Andy Guy, Jim Rees

Early Railways 1569-1830


Part of the Shire Library Series


Early Railways 1569-1830 by Andy Guy, Jim Rees

In the popular mind, the history of the railway begins in 1830 with the opening of the Liverpool & Manchester Railway. In fact, by that time the concept of the railway in Britain was already more than 250 years old. The interim is a fascinating but little-known period of experimentation, improvement and invention which included such remarkable oddities as an Elizabethan version of the 'Scalextric', an early 'JCB', and an engine fitted with steam-powered legs. Innovations such as iron rails, inclines and the pioneering locomotives were gradually introduced, so that by 1830 the basic principles of the modern railway were already in place. Never again would the industry see such fundamental development, and it is this heady and industrious period that Early Railways examines, in fascinating detail and with lavish illustrations.

About the Author

Andy Guy is a former researcher at Beamish museum and an expert of the early railways of North-East England. He is the author of `Steam and Speed: Railways of Tyne and Wear from the Earliest Days'. Jim Rees is a former Curator of Rail Vehicles at the National Railway Museum, York, and is now Special Projects Manager at Beamish, The North of England Open-Air Museum. He is an expert on early railways and is co-editor (with Andy Guy) of `Early Railways'.

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Publication date

18th April 2011


Andy Guy, Jim Rees

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Shire Publications an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


56 pages


Trains & railways: general interest



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