British Railways, including some Nineteenth-century Books

Acworth, W. M. (William Mitchell)>Railways of England: North Western, Midland ... 1850-1925. 4th ed. London: Murray, 1890.

Kalla-Bishop, Peter. The Golden Years of Trains, 1830-1920. London: Phoebus, 1977; New York: Crescent Books, 1977.

Kirby, Maurice W. The origins of railway enterprise: the Stockton and Darlington Railway, 1821-1863. Cambridge; New York, NY, USA: Cambridge University Press, 1993.

Lewin, Henry Grote. Early British railways: a short history of their origin and development, 1801-1844. London: The Locomotive Publishing Co.; New York: Spon and Chamberlain, 1925.

Monkswell, Robert Alfred Hardcastle Collier, 3d baron. The railways of Great Britain. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1913.

The Oxford companion to British railway history from 1603 to the 1990s. Eds. Jack Simmons and Gordon Biddle. Oxford [England]; New York: Oxford University Press, 1997.

Priestley, Joseph. Historical account of the navigable rivers, canals, and railways, throughout Great Britain. (1766) London, Cass, 1967.

Simmons, Jack. The Railways of Britain: An Historical Introduction. London, Routledge & Paul, 1961,

Snell, J. B. Early Railways. London: Octopus Books, 1972.

Snell's beautifully illustrated volume, which Weidenfeld and Nicholson first published in 1964, is a treasure trove of images of early railroading's history and pre-history and includes not only contemporary paintings and drawings but also photographs of restored equipment, recreations, and models [GPL].

Spence, Jeoffry. Victorian and Edwardian Railways from Old Photographs. London: B.T. Batsford, 1975.

Thomas, David St.John. The Country Railway. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1979.

Railway Technologies: Locomotives, Rolling Stock, Lineside Structures

Abdill, George B. This Was Railroading. New York: Bonanza Books, 1958.

Biddle, Gordon. Victorian Stations: Railway Stations in England & Wales, 1830-1923; drawings by Peter Fells. Newton Abbot [Eng.] David & Charles [1973]

Casserley, H. C. The Observer's Book of Railway Locomotives in Great Britain. rev. ed. London and New York: Frederick Warne & Co., 1957.

Meeks, Carol L. V. The Victorian Railroad Station: An Architectural History. New Haven: Yale UP, 1956.

The pioneering book in its field [GPL].

Nock, O. S. The Pocket Encylopaedia of British Steam Locomotives. Illustrations by Clifford and Wendy Meadway. Poole: Blandford Press, 1964.

Nock, O. S. Steam Railways of Britain in Colour. "The Pocket Encylopaedia of World Railways." Illustrations by Clifford and Wendy Meadway. London: Blandford Press, 1967.

Political, Economic, and Social Contexts

Arnold, A. J. and S. M. McCartney. George Hudson: The Rise and Fall of the Railway King. London and New York: Hambeldon and London, 2004

A new book about one of the most famous — and infamous — figures of the railway age who served as the basis of works by Carlyle, Dickens, Trollope, and others [GPL].

Carter, Ian. Railways and culture in Britain: the epitome of modernity. Manchester, UK; Manchester University Press, 2001.

Hobsbawm, Eric. Industry and Empire: The Birth of the Industrial Revolution. rev. ed. New York: New Press, 1999.

Kellett, John R. Railways and Victorian Cities. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1979; Toronto: U. of Toronto Press, 1979.

The essential book for anyone who wants to learn about the relations of Victorian railways to contemporary government, industry, finance, urban life, and so on, Kellett's volume is packed with quotations from primary sources, including parliamentary reports and contemporary periodicals; it also has valuable maps and illustrations [GPL].

Robbins, Michael. Law in The railway age. Manchester, UK ; Mandolin, Manchester University Press, 1998.

Schivelbusch, Wolfgang. The Railway Journey: The Industrialization of Time and Space. Berkeley: U. of California Press, 1986.

Railwaymen — the People who Designed, Built, and Ran the Railways

Coleman, T. The Railway Navvies: A History of the Men who Made the Railway. London: Hutchinson, 1995.

Conder, F. R. The Men who Built Railways (a reprint of Personal Recollections of English Engineers. Ed. Jack Simmons, 1868). Lonodn: Thomas Telford, 1983.

Kingsford, P. W. Victorian Railwaymen: The Emergence and Growth of Railway Labour, 1830-1870. London: Frank Cass, 1970.

Sullivan, Dick. Navvyman. Coracle, 1983. [The John Rylands Library of the University of Manchester has a copy.]

Sullivan, Dick. "Navvying Meant Freedom" Daily Telegraph (7 September 2002). [Sent in by Gerry Newby .]

Simmons, Ernest J. Memoirs of a Stationmaster. Ed. Jack Simmons. 1974.

Taylor, G. W. The Railway Contractors: The Story of John Stewart, His Enterprises, and Associates. Victoria, British Columbia: Morris Publishing, 1968.


Conserving the Railway Heritage. Eds. Peter Burman and Michael Stratton. London; New York: E & FN Spon, 1997.

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