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The Great Eastern Railway, The Early History, 1811–1862 (Hardback)

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By Charles Phillips
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9781399024709
Published: 2nd November 2023

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Covers the Great Eastern Railway from its beginnings to its absorption into the London and North Eastern Railway under the 1923 grouping of the railways. This volume covers the period from the first proposal for a railway in the East of England in 1811 up to the formation of the Company in 1862.

Shows how the Great Eastern Railway emerged from a series of separate companies, of which the most dominant was the Eastern Counties Railway, into one unified company.

Uses as its sources both existing published books, magazine articles, newspaper reports and extracts from contemporary diaries relating to the railways covered.

As well as describing the promotion and the building of the different railways also included are details of the methods of working them including both signalling and the electric telegraph. Closures are also mentioned. The human aspects are also not forgotten, both industrial relations including a strike, but also corruption at management level.

Contains illustrations showing the various aspects of the railways covered including an opening ceremony, stations, bridges, a tunnel locomotives and timetables.

"An interesting book featuring the history of the various companies that went on to form the Great Eastern Railway."

The Railway Correspondence and Travel Society - The Railway Observer, June 2024, Volume 94, Number 1144

"This well-researched and detailed book should be of interest to readers whose interests extend well beyond the Great Eastern Railway and its environs.

Altogether a most informative book from which the reviewer who, while already familiar with the Great Eastern and its forebears, has still learned much."

National Railway Museum Review – The Journal of the Friends of the National Railway Museum – No186, Winter 2023/24

Article: New book tracks the compelling history of Norfolk's railway

Norwich Evening News

Article: New book tracks the compelling history of Norfolk's railway

Read the full article here.

Eastern Daily Press, December 2023
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