The Race to the North by David Wragg

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In the late nineteenth century, a few of Britain’s main main-line railway firms threw warning to the winds in an try to present the quickest passenger categorical providers between London and Scotland. These turned often known as the ‘races to the north’. There have been two phases, in 1888 and 1895, and so they spurred the constructing of latest bridges throughout the Firth of Forth and Firth of Tay.David Wragg’s gripping, detailed narrative tells the story of this epic engineering and industrial competitors. He concentrates on the willpower of the railway firms to see who may present the quickest schedule between London and the foremost Scottish cities of Edinburgh, Glasgow, Perth, Dundee and Aberdeen.Casting apart their early coverage of co-existence on these prestigious and profitable routes, the West Coast and East Coast firms have been drawn right into a interval of intense, extremely publicized rivalry as they sought to dominate the market. David Wragg offers an perception into the conduct of the well-publicized highs and tragic lows of this dramatic story – the extension of the strains to the far north, the constructing of the Tay and Forth bridges – together with the collapse of the first Tay bridge with 72 fatalities – and the repeated bids by the firms to reduce the journey times.While he describes the public aspect of this fascinating story, David Wragg fills in the background, which isn’t any much less attention-grabbing – the pioneering engineering of the steam age, the large development initiatives, the cut-throat battle for passengers and freight and the deep inter-company rivalries that drove the speedy improvement of the railways throughout the Victorian interval

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  • Title: The Race to the North
  • Author: David Wragg
  • Category: Transportation
  • Date: January 2013
  • Lenguage: English
  • Pages: unknown
  • ISBN: 1473821401

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