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The Liverpool and Manchester Railway (Kindle)

An Operating History

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By Anthony Dawson
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
File Size: 77.5 MB (.mobi)
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Pages: 248
ISBN: 9781473899131
eBook Released: 12th May 2021


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Much has been written about the Liverpool & Manchester Railway, especially how it came into being and the Rainhill Trials, but very little has been said about what happened after the grand opening on 15 September 1830.

Drawing on years of research, and practical experience of working with the replica of Stephenson’s Planet, this book shows how the Liverpool & Manchester Railway worked in its day-to-day operations, including passenger and goods working, timetabling, signalling and when things went wrong.

Chapters will describe what it was like to work and travel on the railway, and will study the evolution of passenger accommodation, working and safety practices. Finally the book looks at how the Liverpool & Manchester fits into the wider picture, how its operational practices, rules and regulations, became the basis of national practices in 1841.

This is a welcome addition to the bibliography and is to be commended.

Journal of the Railway & Canal Historical Society

This is an excellent high quality book with lots detail, well researched and referenced.

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Michael's Model Railways

For those of you interested in railway history this description of pioneering railway operations almost two centuries ago provides a valuable insight into where we started from. The book is written in a style that makes it readable whilst still containing a plethora of facts and figures. Not all reference books achieve such a happy medium. Recommended if you are interested in early railway history.

Ffestiniog Railway Magazine

Review by Roger Backhouse

... well researched and a most welcome addition to the literature of railways.

The Journal of the Friends of the National Railway Museum, Winter 2020/2021

The author has clearly undertaken extensive research to present what is both an interesting and informative portrait of what life was actually like on the L&M, and certainly this reviewer learnt much that he was unaware of.

Engineering in Miniature, February 2021

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Platorm 5

For me the book is quite heavy going but must say it is researched thoroughly in much detail. One for the ‘specialist’ enthusiast methinks!

Review by Andy Thomson

About Anthony Dawson

Anthony Dawson is an historian and archaeologist with over ten years’ experience of working in museums and heritage, having worked for the Museum of the Manchester Regiment and the Science & Industry Museum in Manchester, home to the world’s oldest passenger railway station. He is a Railway Volunteer at S&IM and the NRM, working as a fireman on the unique replica of Robert Stephenson’s Planet. A graduate of the University of Bradford and a post-graduate research student at the University of Leeds, Anthony is also a member of the Railway & Canal Historical Society and the Newcomen Society. He has also written on the Crimean War, including the Charge of the Light Brigade (Letters from the Light Brigade, Pen & Sword, 2014).

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