Mile by Mile

An Illustrated Journey On Britain's Railways as they were in 1947

Mile by Mile
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Format: Hardcover Book , 176 Pages
ISBN: 9781781316412
Publisher: Aurum Press
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Travel back in time on a journey across Britain’s main-line railways on the eve of nationalisation. The views from the carriage windows are conveyed through finely detailed, hand-drawn maps, each a rich reminder of the linesides bursting with activity in an era of technical progress, glamour and prestige.
Speed along the LNER’s racing track from King’s Cross to Newcastle upon Tyne and Edinburgh; from next-door St Pancras through the Peak District to Manchester; from Waterloo to Plymouth (with some pleasant seaside diversions on the way); from Euston through the industrial heartlands of the West Midlands and the north-west to the seaport of Liverpool; and from Paddington along Brunel’s ‘bowling green’ railway to Bristol, Exeter and Penzance.
Mile by Mile faithfully reproduces the three original route maps drafted in 1947 by S.N. Pike, and adds a new one for the Great Western Railway to complete its coverage of the so-called ‘Big Four’ railway firms formed in the aftermath of the First World War. New introductions describe how the ‘Big Four’ came about, the passengers and goods they conveyed, the key personalities that shaped them – engineers, managers, even publicists – and the trains and locomotives that gave each its unique character.

Climb aboard, sit back and take a ride to a special period in the history of Britain’s railways.

The author

Little is known about S. N. Pike. He first published his three Mile by Mile guides in 1947. A facsimile edition of the guides was published by Aurum in 2011.

Peter's lifelong interest in railways and love of steam locomotives was rewarded in 1990 with the editorship of Steam Classic magazine. This led to a number of book commissions including Yesterday’s RailwaysUltimate TrainClassic British Steam Locomotives and Fifty Famous British Locomotives. Peter contributed to every edition of the part-work British Steam Railways and, most recently, co-authored The Train Book for Dorling Kindersley. A member of several railway societies, he is also a shareholder in the 35025 Brocklebank Line Association which aims – one day! – to return the eponymous Southern Railway ‘Merchant Navy’ class Pacific to steam.

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Format: Hardcover Book , 176 Pages
ISBN: 9781781316412
Size: 7.362 in x 10 in / 187 mm x 254 mm
Edition: Content includes extensive illustrations which are not part of o

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