Britain's Railways in Wartime
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        Hardback

        Publication Date

        15 Oct 2018
        10798103
        10798103

        Main Summary

          In the long and absorbing history of Britain’s railways and the men and women who have worked on them, the most challenging years were those of the two world wars. Neither of these wars could have been won without the railways. Transportation of everything that was grown, made or mined, as well as soldiers, sailors, airmen and civilians was largely the task of the railways. Yet the contribution of railways, and railway men and women in wartime has often been overlooked. This book pays tribute to the way the railways and their staff responded to the demand that they do more with fewer resources. They were called upon to cope with the extraordinary change in the character and volume of passenger and goods traffic, to endure dangerously long hours, and to overcome fear. Small wayside stations could be transformed into a frenzy of activity by the location of a camp or supply depot on its doorstep. Disruption through bomb damage could turn the shift of locomotive crew or guard into an indefinite wait for relief. The railway companies built many and various memorials to honour their fallen workers – these monuments, created and designed by high-calibre sculptors and architects, are included within the book’s gazetteer. The book inevitably includes many statistics as well as dates, but it is impossible to comprehend the magnitude of the railway’s contribution to the wars without them. The focus is on the railways of Britain, but sketches of the overseas theatres give some idea of the work of railway construction and operating companies, which were largely made up of railwaymen.

          Additional Information

          Author

          Anthony Lambert

          Author Information

          Anthony Lambert has written or contributed to many books on railway history and travel. He is a trustee of two railway museums, a judge for the National Railway Heritage Awards and lectures on railway history.

          Publishing Status

          Forthcoming

          Size

          240mm

          Number of Illustrations

          75

          Number of Pages

          196

          ISBN

          9781848024823

          Contents

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