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The perfect gift for every railway lover. Why is Pen-y-Darren so significant? What is the longest railway line in the world? When was the Beeching closure? And what exactly is The Titfield Thunderbolt? Find the answer to all these questions and more inside The Railway Pocket Bible, a compendium of railway trivia and titbits perfect for any railway enthusiast. Uncover profiles about famous locomotives including the TGV, Bullet Train and Flying Scotsman as well as the history and infamy behind many famous railway stations from Paddington to Grand Central Station. Inside The Railway Pocket Bible you'll discover the enduring popularity of railways, get a pocket-sized history of trains from steam railways to the present day as well as how to indulge your railway hobby with information on railway societies, railway museums and preserved heritage railways. Dip in to great ideas for model railways, learn how to get started with a trainspotters’ guide and enjoy the best trains on film, books and television.

On the eve of the railway age, London was the world s largest and most populous city and one of the most congested. Traffic-clogged roads and tightly packed buildings meant that travel across the city was tortuous, time-consuming and unpleasant. Then came the railways. They transformed the city and set it on a course of extraordinary development that created the metropolis of the present day. This is story that David Wragg explores in his fascinating new book. He considers the impact of the railways on London and the Home Counties and analyses the decisions taken by the railway companies, Parliament and local government. He also describes the disruptive effect of the railways which could not be built without massive upheaval. His study of the railway phenomenon will be thought-provoking reading for anyone who is keen to understand the city s expansion and the layout of the capital today.

The railway was the creation in some ways the archetypal creation of the Victorian age. It transformed the whole social and intellectual fabric of Britain, affected Victorian thought and language, figured in the literature of the age, inspired artists, transformed communications and expanded the horizons of ordinary folk. This absorbing book looks at every aspect of the railway in Victorian times from the origins and initial construction to the spreading impact on the nation; from engineers and financiers to the effect on leisure and the environment. This is a story that is not only enthralling in its own right but also fundamental to an understanding of British history and the nature of Britain today.

Launched in 2006, "The Modern Railway" is the indispensable guide to the UK Railway Industry. It guides its readers through the sometimes complex structure of today's railway, and is therefore popular with rail managers and staff, investors, regular travellers and the informed observer. This innovative annual publication details all parties involved in the operation, maintenance, manufacture, supply and management of the UK rail industry and gives an overview of developments in Europe. Edited by Modern Railways' Ken Cordner with contributions from Roger Ford, Howard Johnston, John Gough and other members of the team, "The Modern Railway Directory 2008" examines all aspects of: policy and finance; infrastructure maintenance and renewal; train operation (passenger and freight); Civil Engineering; Rolling Stock manufacture and maintenance; signal & telecommunications; rail innovations & exhibitions; and light rail & metro systems.

The opening of the pioneering Liverpool & Manchester Railway in 1830 marked the beginning of the railway network's vital role in changing the face of Britain. "Fire and Steam" celebrates the vision and determination of the ambitious Victorian pioneers who developed this revolutionary transport system and the navvies who cut through the land to enable a country-wide railway to emerge. As Christian Wolmar's wide-ranging history shows, the rise of the steam train allowed Britain as never before, stimulating the growth of towns and industrialisation, as well as many of the facets of modern life, from fish and chips to professional football.

The name John Muir has come to stand for the protection of wild land and wilderness in both America and Britain. Born in Dunbar in 1838, Muir is famed as a pioneer of American conservation and his passion, discipline and vision still inspire. Combining acute observation with a sense of inner discovery, Muir's writings of his summer in what would become the great national park of Yosemite in California's Sierra valley raise a close awareness of nature to a spiritual dimension. His journal provides a unique marriage of natural history, lyrical prose and amusing anecdote, retaining a freshness, intensity and brutal honesty which will amaze the modern reader.

Each volume in this new series will include 40 maps updated and revised from Colonel Cobb's originals. The maps show the railway network in terms of those lines still open, those open for freight traffic only, lines which have been preserved and those closed completely. Alongisde the railway lines, the book also includes an outline of the road network in simplified form to allow the inter-relationship between railways and roads to be clearly identified. In addition to mapping, each volume will also include a detailed historical sketch outlining the development of the area's railway network, a representative selection of photographs as well as a detailed index and a gazetteer of stations with opening and, where appropriate closure dates. As such, each volume in the series becomes a detailed reference book on the area featured.

The author recounts how the London Passenger Transport Board was established in 1933 and how it evolved during these years. The changing nature of the LPTB's vehicle fleet is also discussed. Alongside the author's entertaining and pertinent text, the book includes some 175 mono illustrations that portray the great variety of scenes visible on London's roads and rails during this fascinating period.

Between 1800 and 1850 Britain underwent a revolution, not in the political sense, but a social and economic one. The Industrial Revolution when, for a few short decades, Britain became the 'Workshop of the World' was one of the defining eras of modern history. The country's economy moved from one based upon agriculture to one where trade and industry dominated. Many factors played their part in bringing about this radical change in the national condition but one of the most significant was the revolution in transport without which the other elements which made up by the Industrial Revolution would not have been possible or would have occurred much more slowly. It was the coming of the railway that, for the first time, truly knitted the country together, bringing as it did uniform time across the country for the first time in history. Detailed in its analysis and comprehensive in its coverage "The Grand Experiment: The Birth of the Railway Age 1820-1845" will become the definitive account of this vital period in Britain's transport and economic history. It will be required reading for all historians of the period as well as the growing number fascinated with the history of the Industrial Revolution.

Drawing upon the records of the GWR held by such bodies as the National Archives and the National Railway Museum and in various county record offices, the book shows how prevalent the use of wooden bridges and viaducts was across the entire Great Western Railway and its satellite companies. Traditionally associated with Cornwall, wooden structures designed by Brunel could be found almost anywhere on the broad gauge, from the Home Counties through to the Cotswolds. Illustrated throughout, with both contemporary engineering drawings and photographs of the structures in use this title represents a detailed study into this important and often overlooked facet of Brunel's work.

Railway disasters are almost always the result of human fallibility - a single mistake by an engine-driver, guard or signalman, or some lack of communication between them - and it is in the short distance between the trivial error and its terrible consequence that the drama of the railway accident lies. First published in 1955, and the result of Rolt's careful investigation and study of the verbatim reports and findings by HM Inspectorate of Railways, this book was the first work to record the history of railway disasters, and it remains the classic account. It covers every major accident on British railways between 1840 and 1957 which resulted in a change in railway working practice, and reveals the evolution of safety devices and methods which came to make the British railway carriage one of the safest modes of transport in the world. This edition uses the last text produced by Rolt himself in 1966 and includes a new introduction by his friend and fellow railway historian Professor Jack Simmons.

Many still recall when the train was their principal means of travel, whether to school or work, to visit friends and relatives, or to go on holiday. And it wasn't just people that went by rail: so did the coal that heated homes, the food that filled them and the bricks that built them. They also served the great ports, conveying everything from thousand-ton loads of iron to baskets of racing pigeons. It was a time when a train journey remained an adventure, and when the steam locomotives that made that journey possible were a source of awe and fascination. This era is recalled in Yesterday's Railways, which includes a comprehensive history of Britain's railways from the ground-breaking years of the 1900s to the day in August 1968 that the fires were put out for the last time.

Fire and Steam : A New History of the Railways in Britain

The opening of the pioneering Liverpool and Manchester Railway in 1830 marked the beginning of the railways' vital role in changing the face of Britain. Fire and Steam celebrates the vision and determination of the ambitious Victorian pioneers who developed this revolutionary transport system and the navvies who cut through the land to enable a country-wide network to emerge.

From the early days of steam to electrification, via the railways' magnificent contribution in two world wars, the chequered history of British Rail, and the buoyant future of the train, Fire and Steam examines the social and economical importance of the railway and how it helped to form the Britain of today.

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Christian Wolmar has branched out from journalism with a transport specialisation into producing topical books about the British railway system. His excellent and well received Subterranean Railway . Читать весь отзыв

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Britain’s railway network has a proud and complex history, encompassing an array of disparate companies and lines operating across dramatically different terrains. Our railway books reflect this variety. The Big Four railway companies – LMS, LNER, Southern Railway and GWR with its iconic Swindon works – and the beginnings of British Rail are all explored.

From the early days of steam engines, to the development of steam and diesel locomotives and the heyday of rail travel, both the technical developments and the social impact of the railways are equally celebrated. We reveal the changes wrought by Beeching’s axe when it fell in the 1960s, and what remains of the lost lines for walkers, cyclists, enthusiasts and collectors of memorabilia and ‘railwayana’ to enjoy today.

Delve into histories of the London Underground, frighten yourself with ghostly tales and stories from the murky world of railway crime, or simply enjoy looking back over the memories of men on the footplate or workers in the engine sheds – voices from a bygone age of rail travel.

Transport Treasury Publishing was founded by transport enthusiasts to provide unique railway books, compiled and captioned by railway experts.

Transport Treasury is a leading privately owned British transport archive, founded in 1993. Our immense catalogue of over 500,000 negatives and transparencies allows us to publish unique railway books with never-before-seen photographs.

Our bookshop delivers a piece of railway history right to your doorstep – whether you’re looking to relieve the nostalgia or get more insight into classic locomotives, routes and locations, right down to the technical level.

“Saving the nation’s pictorial heritage”

The Railway Magazine, September 2008

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6 Holman Train

Although it was built in 1887 and 1897, the Holman train was not created to improve rail travel. Instead, it was built to defraud people of their hard-earned money. In fact, the only difference between the Holman train and other steam trains of the day was that the Holman train had several wheels placed on top of each other.

The wheels served no practical purpose, but its inventors claimed that they made the train run faster. The fraudulent scheme was so sophisticated that the train had its own patent and ran experimental trips. The Holman Locomotive Speed Truck Company, also a fraud, was formed to oversee the train&rsquos development.

The company attempted to raise $10 million by selling fake shares of stock at $25 per share. Many people fell for the swindle and lost their hard-earned money when the inventors disappeared.

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About Barrai Books

Barrai Books takes its name from one of the farms on the tip of the Furness peninsula where later was built the town and port of Barrow in Furness. It is an identity taken by a group of friends who believed it was important to see published the wealth of material on the history of the Furness Railway that had resulted from almost 50 years of research by the late Dr Michael Andrews. It now undertakes to help authors of material relating to the history and operations of the Furness Railway Co get their work into print.

In 1745 Barrai and Barraihead were all that marked the land on the western tip of the Furness that became the shipping point for the locally mined rich haematite ores. This was the destination of the first railway line in the district. From these beginnings grew the town and port of Barrow and a world-renowned centre for steelmaking, shipbuilding and nuclear submarines.

Main Picture - A painting by Alan Gunston of &lsquoJubilee&rsquo class Mars arriving at Carnforth Station,
as used on the front cover of &lsquoThe Railways of Carnforth&rsquo © [email protected]

Pic left an impression of FR No 20 by the late John Robb-Webb (with family permission).

Baron Montez of Panama and Paris: a novel
by Archibald Clavering Gunter.

London : George Routledge and Sons, 1893
(Routledge's Railway Library, no. 1181).
Hardback. 266 pages.

Series Note:
This was a a popular cheap reprint series designed to be sold to train travellers on the fast growing British railway network in the Victorian period. These were sold through W. H. Smith's bookstalls on railway platforms. Over a period of 50 years 1,277 books were published in this series. Most books were published as pictorial hardbacks in the "yellowback" format (with bestsellers being later released as even cheaper paperbacks).

The first hundred books in Routledge's Railway Library

Year of Publication / Title / Author

2. Jane Sinclair and the Dark Day - William Carleton.
4. The Pioneers - James F. Cooper.
5. The Prairie - James F. Cooper.
6. The Dutchman's Fireside - James K. Paulding.
7. The Spy - James F. Cooper.
8. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen.
9. The Water Witch - James F. Cooper.
10. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen.

11. Charms and Counter Charms - Maria J. M'Intosh.
12. Lionel Lincoln - James F. Cooper.
13. The Puritan and his Daughter - James K. Paulding.

14. The Clarionet, The Dead Boxer, and Barney Branagan - William Carleton.
15. Blanche Montaigne - Peter H. Myers.
16. The Light Dragoon - George R. Gleig.
18. Hope Leslie - Catherine M. Sedgwick.
19. The Story of Lilly Dawson - Catherine Crowe.
20. Dark Scenes of History - G. P. R. James.

21. The Romance of War - James Grant.
24. The Little Wife - Elizabeth C. Grey.

25. The Conspirator - A. E. Dupuy.
26. Adventures of an Aide-de-Camp. Vol. 1. - James Grant.
27. Adventures of an Aide-de-Camp. Vol. 2. - James Grant.
28. Whitefriars. Vol. 1. - [Emma Robinson].
29. Whitefriars. Vol. 2. - [Emma Robinson].
30. The Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne.

31. The House of Seven Gables - Nathaniel Hawthorne.
32. The Knight of St. John - Anna M. Porter.
33. Jasper Lyle. Vol. 1. - Harriet Ward.
34. Jasper Lyle. Vol. 2. - Harriet Ward.
35. Adelaide Lindsay - [Anne Marsh, ed.] [Anne Marsh, later Marsh-Caldwell].
36. The Scottish Cavalier. Vol. 1. - James Grant.
37. The Scottish Cavalier. Vol. 2. - James Grant.
38. Grace and Isabel - Maria J. M'Intosh.
39. The Recluse of Norway - Anna M. Porter.
40. Lilias Davenant - Elizabeth M. Stewart.

41. The Jew of Denmark - Meir Goldschmidt.
42. Discipline - Mary Brunton.
43. Self-Control - Mary Brunton.
44. The Night Side of Nature. Vol. 1. - Catherine Crowe.
45. The Night Side of Nature. Vol. 2. - Catherine Crowe.
46. Zingra the Gypsy - Annette M. Maillard.
47. Valerie - Frederick Marryat.
48. Martin Beck - Alexander Harris.
49. The Soldier of Fortune - Henry Curling.
50. Susan Hopley - Catherine Crowe.

51. Viola - Isabel Goldsmid.
52. Helen Charteris - Harriet Ward.
53. Whitehall. Vol. 1. - [Emma Robinson].
54. Whitehall. Vol. 2. - [Emma Robinson].
55. The Polish Lancer - Heinrich F. L. Rellstab.
56. Passion and Principle - Maria Grey and Emily Shirreff.

57. The Compulsory Marriage and Its Consequences - Annette M. Maillard.
58. Woodreve Manor - Anna H. Dorsey.
59. The Hen-Pecked Husband - Lady Harriet Anne Scott.
60. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas.

61. The Albatross - William H. G. Kingston.
62. Windsor Castle - William H. Ainsworth.
63. Clan Albyn - Mrs. Christian I. Johnstone.
64. Rookwood - William H. Ainsworth.
65. Caleb Williams - William Godwin, the Elder.
66. St. James's - William H. Ainsworth.
67. Caesar Borgia - [Emma Robinson].
68. The Scottish Chiefs - Jane Porter.
69. Rockingham - [P. F. A. de Rohan-Chabot].
70. Thaddeus of Warsaw - Jane Porter.

71. Pelham - Edward Bulwer Lytton.
72. Crichton - William H. Ainsworth.
73. Paul Clifford - Edward Bulwer Lytton.
74. The Money-Lender - Catherine Gore.
75. Eugene Aram - Edward Bulwer Lytton.
76. Singleton Fontenoy, R. N. - James Hannay.
76 [sic]. The Last Days of Pompeii - Edward Bulwer Lytton.
78. The Lancashire Witches - William H. Ainsworth.
79. Rienzi - Edward Bulwer Lytton.
80. The Young Prima Donna - Elizabeth C. Grey [Mrs. Colonel Grey].

81. The Pilgrims on the Rhine - Edward Bulwer Lytton.
82. Pin-Money - Catherine G. F. Gore.
83. The Last of the Barons - Edward Bulwer Lytton.
84. The Dowager - Catherine Gore.
85. Ernest Maltravers - Edward Bulwer Lytton.
86. James the Second - William H. Ainsworth.
87. Alice or the Mysteries - Edward Bulwer Lytton.
88. Night and Morning - Edward Bulwer Lytton.
89. The Fortunes of Colonel Torlogh O'Brien - [Joseph S. Le Fanu].
90. Godolphin - Edward Bulwer Lytton.

91. The Heir of Selwood - Catherine Gore.

92. The Tower of London - William H. Ainsworth.
93. The Disowned - Edward Bulwer Lytton.
94. Electra - [P. F. A. de Rohan-Chabot].
95. Devereux - Edward Bulwer Lytton.
96. The Hour and the Man - Harriet Martineau.
97. Leila and Calderon, the Courtier - Edward Bulwer Lytton.
98. The Caxtons - Edward Bulwer Lytton.
99. The Flitch of Bacon - William H. Ainsworth.
100. My Novel. Vol. 1. - Edward Bulwer Lytton.

101. My Novel. Vol. 2. - Edward Bulwer Lytton.

Some more notable books in this series

James Fenimore Cooper - The Pilot

Jane Austen - Sense and Sensibility

William Harrison Ainsworth - Ovingdean Grange: A Tale of the South Downs

William Harrison Ainsworth - Crichton

William Harrison Ainsworth - Windsor Castle: An Historical Romance

Edward Bulwer Lytton - My Novel

Henry Fielding - The History of Tom Jones, A Foundling

Frances Trollope - The Ward

James Grant - Did She Love Him? A Novel

James Grant - Harry Ogilvie, or The Black Dragoons

Richard Henry Savage - In the Old Chateau: A Story of Russian Poland

Richard Henry Savage - In the Shadow of the Pyramids: The Last Days of Ismail Khedive, 1879: A Novel

Richard Henry Savage - The Princess of Alaska

Archibald Clavering Gunther - Baron Montez of Panama and Paris: A Novel

Archibald Clavering Gunther - That Frenchman!

Archibald Clavering Gunther - Mr. Potter of Texas: A Novel

Archibald Clavering Gunther - Miss Dividends: A Novel

Alexandre Dumas - The Page of the Duke of Savoy: An Historical Romance

Victor Hugo - Notre Dame

Further Reading

Chester W. Topp, Victorian Yellowbacks and Paperbacks, Vol. 1: George Routledge
Denver, Colorado, Heritage Antiquarian Bookshop, 1993.

Charles Wilson, First with the News: The History of W. H. Smith, 1792-1972 (1985)

Ian Marchant's top 10 railway books

Ian Marchant is a comedian, bookseller and novelist and the author of Parallel Lines Or Journeys on the Railway of Dreams in which he examines the history of the British railway and meets those who still hold it close to their hearts.

"Sadly, given the importance of the railway to the history of Britain, lots of books about trains are frankly dull. They have titles like Branch Lines To East Grinstead, which, with the best will in the world, do not make riveting reading on the beach. Here are 10 which do."

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British luxury rail travel was not just the domain of the Pullman Company. In fact, they were far from the only providers as railway companies in Britain were extremely active from late Victorian times competing for leisure business. Various railway operators were at the forefront of deluxe rail travel services across pre-grouping, Big Four and BR eras when first-class travel was increasingly adapted for the needs of the business community. Recently Britain&rsquos railway heritage has been responsible for kick-starting a modern tourist spectacle as specialist operators run luxury day excursion, sleeping-car and fine-dining trains.

Martyn Pring has carried out considerable research tracing the evolution of British luxury train travel weaving railway, social and travel history threads around a number of Britain&rsquos mainline routes traditionally associated with glamorous trains. Drawing on contemporary coverage, he chronicles the luxury products and services shaped by railway companies and hospitality businesses for Britain&rsquos burgeoning upper and middle-classes and wealthy overseas visitors, particularly Americans, who demanded more civilised and comfortable rail travel.

By Edwardian times, a pleasure-palace industry emerged as entrepreneurs, hotel proprietors, local authorities and railway companies all collaborated developing upscale destinations, building civic amenities, creating sightseeing and leisure pursuits and in place-making initiatives to attract prosperous patrons. Luxury named trains delivered sophisticated and fashionable settings encouraging a golden age of civilised business and leisure travel. Harkening back to the inter-war years, modern luxury train operators now redefine and capture the allure and excitement of dining and train travel experiences.

Article: Brighton possessed one of the country's most in demand sea visits

Review by Mr Richard Abbey

The sub title (a social and business history) is what I feel helps lift the book above the usual historical treatise, the author intellectually challenging the reader with a number of statements.

An excellent addition to any one’s bookshelf.

6024 Preservation Society

I really enjoyed reading this book. The author has done a lot of lot of research on luxury train travel in England from Victorian times to the present. Historical illustrations are also included. Enjoy the armchair railway journey.

NetGalley, Kari Cook

A comprehensive account of luxury 'hotel trains', dining trains and the presentations of heritage railways brings the story to its unexpected conclusion. The book includes appendices covering the chronological development of passenger amenities on the Anglo-Scottish routes, lines to the West Country and to the South Coast. Generously sized reproductions of coloured railway posters of different generations perfectly complement the text. There is an extended bibliography and the book is well presented, as we have come to expect from this publisher.

. this is a lively take on a neglected topic.

BackTrack magazine, June 2020

The book is the result of extensive and painstaking research involving historical and contemporary sources, and it is a veritable treat for railway buffs and travel historians alike. A highly enjoyable read.

The Commonwealth Lawyer (Journal of the Commonwealth Lawyers Association)

An excellent book on a complex subject. Highly recommended.

Ffestiniog Railway Magazine, Autumn 2020

An interesting study on a topic that continues to burn in our day.

Read the full Spanish review here

Miniaturas JM

This survey of the luxury train deserves a place in the library. This remains a distinctive book.

Friends of the National Railway Museum

Descriptive and informative, Pring explores the meaning of luxury and how it’s uniquely viewed and transformed by different generations. What was considered luxurious during the Victorian era is vastly different now. Luxury Railway Travel reads like an extravagant time travel through Britain’s opulence era where train travel was just as stylish and fanciful as the elite class themselves. From the coaches to the food on board, Luxury Railway Travel also looks at how rail travel shifted over a century and was reshaped by advanced technology, recessions, tourism and a flourishing middle class.

For those who love to follow a journey visually, there are plenty of photographs, old newspaper clippings and advertisement posters throughout. With over 350 pages, the book is rather long, but quite engaging, especially for history and travel enthusiasts like myself.

Read the full review here

Manhattan with a Twist

Luxury Railway Travel is an elegant, beautifully illustrated and highly informative book, written by an enthusiast for fellow railway enthusiasts. They and many other readers will certainly enjoy it.

This book is about social, economic and business history and as such offers a new way of exploring the story of luxury train travel, while leaving plenty for the dedicated railway historian and enthusiast.

Rail Professional, February 2020 - reviewed by by Paul Atterbury

Backed up by iconic posters, this is a terrific account of a bygone era.

Devon Life, March 2020 - reviewed by Annette Shaw

A book full of fascinating facts regarding the rise, fall and, hopefully, rise again of luxury railway travel.

Read the full review here

For the Love of Books

Book on the history of luxury travel on the main routes of the British railways, from the beginning of the mid-19th century to the present-day era. Both the Pullman company and many other companies, especially in the Victorian era. Includes a section on luxury trains in the rest of the world including Renfe.

There are few books that deal with the issue of luxury trains, let alone treat it with this quality. A book that every fan of the history of the railway should have in his library. Essential to know the world of luxury trains, a topic not widely explored in railway literature.

Read the full Spanish review here

Unes Cuantos Trenes Blog, Jorge del Valle

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Luxury Train travel fascinates me this book was perfect for me.Traveling in the uk on these wonderful trains captures my imagination takes me on an exotic vacation in my mind,Really enjoyed this book.

NetGalley, Abby Siverman

Martyn's extraordinarily beautiful book is more than a collection of classic railway posters - it describes a way of life that's now lost in the mists of the twentieth century. When the Queen travels to Sandringham in Norfolk she travels by train, the same train that I used to get from Stevenage to Kings Lynn on my nightly commute home when I first moved to North Norfolk. I dare say her carriage is fitted out slightly differently to the one in which I used to sit, but the fact is that luxury railway travel in the way described in Martyn's book is no longer available, at least not in the UK. There is a lot of focus on Scotland, and some of the adverts inevitably pander to the "upper" classes with illustrations focusing on the "12th", with excursions from Kings Cross to all parts of Scotland. Martyn looks at the changing face of luxury, and it is fascinating to see the glorious artwork from the early years of the twentieth century. Things changed in the 1950s - I guess it was a time of austerity, but the posters from British Rail were matter-of-fact, harsh even, compared to the brilliant illustrations from previous decades, when no expense was spared in commissioning the top artists. As a piece of social history, this book is faultless, and a precious reminder of luxury and class distinction. It was John Major who famously said that there were no longer any social classes. There are, and the divide now is bigger than ever, bigger even than that described by Martyn in this fabulous book. Exceptional.

Books Monthly

This book will definitely please the train enthusiast but also the general reader as there are many photographs, newspaper articles and those exceptionally important advertising posters. If anything I love the advertising posters, so unique and brilliant of their age. I’ve always enjoyed train travel but not living close to a railway service, travelling by train was always a rarity but always a special. To me it was always the speed, whether stood on a lonely platform stuck in the middle of nowhere and the train thunders past or to me just being able to travel so far. Like this book, the book is about luxury travel and reading this excellent book really does make you want to travel on some of the luxury lines around the world.

The opulence and the journey of the classes through rail travel show how the railway really did become a form of luxuriousness and something you could aspire to and experience. Reading the book and looking at the various advertisements for destinations and rail travel sends you back as the reader back to that era when rail was the king, especially when it came to holiday travel. This is a very classy book with clearly a lot of effort from the author, Martyn Pring with regards to writing, research and pictures. It is a first-class book and most definitely an excellent present for a railway enthusiast.

Read the full review here

UK Historian

A look at luxury train travel mostly focusing on the UK from the 1860s to today.A few mentions of other train lines in the world. But most of the focus is on luxury travel across the UK. I reccommend for those who have an interest in rail history and English history.

NetGalley, Shelly Myers

For those of us who have a rather romanticised perhaps even fantasised view of railways, luxury rail travel is a notion that appears very near the heart of it. Therefore such a book which even though it devotes its later pages to the present day redefinition is a homage to the golden days of the late Victorian and Edwardian era which witnessed such luxury travel as an integral part of a normal timetable instead of being the preserve as like today of specialist tour operators.

Firstly the book defines what is meant by luxury then shows how with the assistance of the patronage of royalty and the development of tourism to previously little trod parts of the UK the competing private companies were ever eager to outdo each other by promoting and providing luxury and opulence. This coincided with a rapid change in the social structure caused by industrialisation and a new flourishing middle and upper middle class.

This book I'm sure will not only please the train buff but also the general reader as there are many photographs, newspaper articles and those all important advertising posters (an art form in itself) that bring an added resonance to the text. Coach development, food and associated features like the great Gothic station hotels are all covered and by the end of the book the reader I'm sure will be seeking the relevant tour operators to experience if only for a day what such a feeling of traveling on a railway in luxury is actually like.

Amazon UK Review

Luxury Railway Travel is a fantastic and interesting book. It is well written and really descriptive.

NetGalley, Heather Bennett

I am a rail enthusiast with a passion for history, so this book hit the mark perfectly for me. The author, Martyn Pring, did a masterful job covering the history of luxury rail travel in the United Kingdom from the 1860s to today. I like that he included information about the food served, as well as the magnificent station hotels. The book is well-researched, engrossing, and very thorough. The photographs, newspaper articles, and advertising posters that illustrate it make the book even more appealing. I found this a very enjoyable read.

NetGalley, Kathy DiDomizio

For those of us who have a rather romanticised perhaps even fantasised view of railways, luxury rail travel is a notion that appears very near the heart of it. Therefore such a book which even though it devotes its later pages to the present day redefinition is a homage to the golden days of the late Victorian and Edwardian era which witnessed such luxury travel as an integral part of a normal timetable instead of being the preserve as like today of specialist tour operators.

Firstly the book defines what is meant by luxury then shows how with the assistance of the patronage of royalty and the development of tourism to previously little trod parts of the UK the competing private companies were ever eager to outdo each other by promoting and providing luxury and opulence. This coincided with a rapid change in the social structure caused by industrialisation and a new flourishing middle and upper middle class.

This book I'm sure will not only please the train buff but also the general reader as there are many photographs, newspaper articles and those all important advertising posters (an art form in itself) that bring an added resonance to the text. Coach development, food and associated features like the great Gothic station hotels are all covered and by the end of the book the reader I'm sure will be seeking the relevant tour operators to experience if only for a day what such a feeling of traveling on a railway in luxury is actually like.

NetGalley, G Heard

I'm fascinated by trains and this was an excellent and well researched history book.
i found it engrossing and informative, a very good read.

NetGalley, Anna Maria Giacomasso

For people I know who like their trains history, this would go down very well. They get all the ins and outs of different services, and extended appendices covering even more detail. So this is a clear and solid everyday purchase for those spotters thus inclined, and by no means a one-off luxury. this is very well put together. Four and a half stars.

NetGalley, John Lloyd

A look at train trail - a focus in the UK from the 1860s to today. Some mentions of other rails in the world. But is a look at luxury travel across the UK. Good for those who have an interest in rail history and English history.

NetGalley, Alexandra Roth

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Intriguing and well written.

Long fascinated by the glamour and luxury of early railway travel, I was excited to see a book fully dedicated to the subject. Pring is clearly a fellow enthusiast, and that love for the subject matter comes through in the text, making for an infinitely readable piece of nonfiction.

Pring does an admirable job of presenting his information in a thorough and complete manner that befits narrative nonfiction: Dense and informative but never dry.

This book focuses solely on British railway travel, and I’d love to see Pring take on the same topic for either continental Europe or America in this future.

NetGalley, Samantha Edelman

Martyn Pring has a background in marketing, tourism and academia. He is currently an author and independent researcher with interests in culinary tourism, destination marketing, luxury branded sectors, travel histories as well as travel writing, A self-confessed railway, maritime and aviation enthusiast from a young age, he wrote the successful story of Luxury Railway Travel: A Social and Business History. Martyn lives and works in Dorset.


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