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Railway Empire (Hardback)

How the British Gave Railways to the World

British History Transport History Trains and Railways

By Anthony Burton
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
Pages: 264
ISBN: 9781473843691
Published: 15th February 2018

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The British were at the forefront of railway development for the first fifty years of the nineteenth century.

Railway Empire tells the story of how the British gave railways to the world, not only in the empire, but also in other countries outside areas of direct influence.

It is often forgotten today that the British were responsible for the construction and management of a large proportion of the railways constructed in Africa, South America and Australasia not to mention many thousands of miles of mileage in Asia, India, Malaya, Burma, China and Japan.

This book looks at the political, economic and technical aspects of this development, which made Britain a country at the forefront of this form of transport.

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 Anthony Burton

About Anthony Burton

Anthony Burton has been a professional writer and broadcaster for over forty years, during which time he has largely concentrated on the history of industry and transport. His books include The Canal Builders, recently reprinted in its fifth edition, and The Railway Builders. He has written a biography of the great steam pioneer Richard Trevithick and is currently writing the story of railway engineer Joseph Locke. He has worked as writer and presenter on a number of TV programmes for all main channels, including documentaries on the National Railway Museum, the Great Western Railway, the locomotive trials at Rainhill and the Great Dorset Steam Fair.

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