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Posted 12 July 2023

British Rail (Christian Wolmar) 392 pages - Kindle Edition 99p Amazon

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Not for eveyone but this could pass the time whilst waiting of for a train!

Currently rated 4.5/5 on Amazon from 142 ratings.

"The authoritative and fascinating history of the rise and fall of the state-owned British Rail"

"From ancient rolling stock to patchy service, stale sandwiches to the wrong kind of snow, British Rail - our last great state-owned organisation to be privatised - has received a terrible press.
But after its controversial 1948 creation, British Rail was actually an innovative powerhouse that over five decades transformed the UK, creating one of the fastest regular rail services in the world.
Award-winning journalist Christian Wolmar takes us from promise to punchline, exploring British Rail's birth into post-war austerity, the many battles and struggles to evolve what many considered to be a dinosaur, and how, at the height of its success, the service was misunderstood and unfairly maligned, ruthlessly broken up and privatised"
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  1. Cartoonhead's avatar
    trying to add this to basket but its coming up with a 3 week delay however there is an option to get it delivered by bus
  2. LD2DVD's avatar
    Is this likely to be delayed or cancelled?
    freyabo's avatar
    Yes, since privatisation.
  3. Derek55's avatar
    Best company I ever worked for. 🚂🚃🚃🚃🚃🚃🚃
  4. Johnmcl7's avatar
    I've just finished this book and thought it was a good read, like many I know many of the big parts of British Rail like the Beeching report but there's a lot more detail here which I wasn't aware of.

    It's a nice hardcover as well with the striking yellow and the HSTs on it.
  5. thearch's avatar
    22 minutes late. Badger hit a junction box at New Malden.
    ketsunoanna's avatar
    Was it a Korean badger ( sorry New Malden in joke)
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