The Golden Age of European Railways

Date Published :
January 2014
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Contributor(s) :
Christian Wolmar
Illustration :
400 full-color illustrations
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Binding : Hardback
ISBN : 9781783462841

Dimensions : 11.75 X 9.75 inches
Stock Status : In stockPages : 256


One of the most important developments in European history, the railways helped create the social and economic fabric of the continent. In the ‘Golden Age’ of the railways, from the late nineteenth century to the early twentieth, there was no more exciting, exotic or desirable way to travel.

As the major railway companies quickly became huge industrial powers in their own right, they began to influence the infrastructure of trade, industry, agriculture and settlement. In some countries the bulk of the railway network was centralized under state control, while in others corporate and personal fortunes were won and lost as railway fever spread far and wide.

Crossing stunning landscapes, linking the continent’s great cities, and bringing natural wonders within the
reach of ordinary people, the railways encouraged the growth of tourism industry, which in turn spurred the
development of dramatic poster art.


these aspects of the early decades of European railway history are explored in this elegant, lavishly
illustrated volume. The social, economic, environmental and technological challenges and achievements are all
covered, together with highlights of the routes and the experiences of eager train passengers.

The Golden Age of European Railways contains more than three hundred contemporary illustrations as well as
route maps, schedules, technical appendices, and the fascinating perspectives of a team of award-winning
writers and acknowledged railway experts.

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