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Rise and Fall of British Railways

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Over 350 quality images of goods and freight trains nationwide recorded during the past 100 years, covering both the steam age and the modern traction era. Extended captions to photographs, featuring a plethora of facts and figures about British rail freight. Comprehensive and detailed text describing the many changes that have occurred in the goods and freight scene on Britain's railways over the past century. Contrasting illustrations comparing ancient loose-coupled goods trains hauled by wheezing steam engines with high-powered diesels hauling 2,000-tonne freights comprising 100-tonne air-braked bogie wagons. Featuring both colour and monochrome photographs, most previously unpublished, from many leading UK railway photographers and collections. Detailed analysis of the 'Beeching' years, the 'Reshaping Report' of 1963 and the recognition that wagonload freight was inevitably a loss maker for British Railways. Commentary on the future of freight by rail, including intermodal traffic, the point-to-point block load and the implications of Channel Tunnel freight traffic.

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John Vaughan is a respected author and photographer who has written more than 40 railway books in the past four decades, including some under the Haynes OPC imprint. He lives in West Sussex.

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