From the Edwardian golden age of steam to the present, no mode of travel has captured the hearts of the British people like the railways. In wartime and peace, along major routes and minor, steam, diesel and electric trains, have moved goods, taken commuters to work or families on holidays – a constant presence in an always changing way of life.
A Century of Railway Travel tells the story of one hundred years of Britain’s railway heritage using striking full-page imagery with commentary from author Paul Atterbury who explains the controversial history and unique appeal of the railways. His expert eye steers the reader through the last hundred years, from the heyday of steam to the tragedy that was Beeching and rail's recent revival. The book stops to consider the great steam engines, the drivers, luggage, passengers, postcards, tickets, station scenes and carriage interiors we all like to remember.
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Festiniog Railway c. 1910; A Couple at the Window c. 1912; Fashionable Folkestone c. 1912; Platform Scene 1912; Railway Women 1917;
Bude Station 1923; Blackpool North 1925; Clearing Snow circa 1925; Crossing the Forth Bridge c. 1925; Holiday Crowds, Liverpool Street 1925; Platform No. 1, Paddington Station 1927; Lady Traveller 1929
Inside the Carriage c. 1932; Promoting Holidays by Train c. 1932; Aberdeen, the Silver City by the Sea 1935; An Excursion to the Biscuit Factory c. 1936; The Last Pasenger 1936; Young Enthusiasts and Silver Fox 1937; The Age of Steam 1938
Waiting for the Evacuation Train 1940; London St. Pancras Station after a Bombing Raid c. 1942; Sleeping Car Compartment 1946; Station Advertising 1946; Tavern Car 1949
Classic Steam Scene, Shawford 1954; Waiting for the Train at Horncastle c. 1954; Weymouth, the Harbour Tramway c. 1955; Classic Steam Scene, Twerton 1956; British Railways Carriage Interior 1958; The End of the Line, Lauder 1958; Observation Car, Fort William 1958; Diesel Multiple Unit, Birmingham 1959
Classic Steam and Diesel Scene 1961; New Station at Barking 1961; Ticket Office, Southend Victoria Station 1961; Going to Work, 09.15 c. 1963; The Golden Arrow, London Victoria Station 1963; Langston Station, Hayling Island Branch c. 1963; Classic Diesel Scene, Approaching Bristol Temple Meads 1964
Filey Holiday Camp Station 1973; Trainspotting, Doncaster c. 1975; Going to Work, Kirkby Station 1978
HST (High Speed Train), Selby 1980; Georgemas Junction 1987
Class 90 Electric Locomotive with InterCity train c. 1990
London Waterloo Station, Derby Day 2010; Station Scene, Norwich 2011; Eurostars at London St. Pancras 2011