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Dangerous days on the Victorian railways : feuds, frauds, robberies and riots / Terry Deary.

By: Deary, Terry, 1946- [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London : Phoenix, 2015Description: 224 pages ; 20 cm.ISBN: 9781780226361 (pbk.) :; 1780226365 (pbk.) :.Subject(s): Railroads -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century | Railroads -- Great Britain -- Safety measures -- History -- 19th centuryDDC classification: 385.094109034 Summary: Often recognised as having revolutionised travel and industrial Britain, Victorian railways were perilous. Few other histories honour the lives of the people killed or injured by the diseases and disasters which accounted for thousands of deaths. The victims of the Victorian railways had names, lives and families, and they deserve to be remembered.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

<p>The Victorians risked more than just delays when boarding a steam train . . .</p> <p>Victorian inventors certainly didn't lack steam, but while they squabbled over who deserved the title of 'The Father of the Locomotive' and enjoyed their fame and fortune, safety on the rails was not their priority. Brakes were seen as a needless luxury and boilers had an inconvenient tendency to overheat and explode, and in turn, blow up anyone in reach.</p> <p>Often recognised as having revolutionised travel and industrial Britain, Victorian railways were perilous. Disease, accidents and disasters accounted for thousands of deaths and many more injuries. While history has focused on the triumph of engineers, the victims of the Victorian railways had names, lives and families and they deserve to be remembered . . .</p>

Originally published: London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2014.

Includes index.

Often recognised as having revolutionised travel and industrial Britain, Victorian railways were perilous. Few other histories honour the lives of the people killed or injured by the diseases and disasters which accounted for thousands of deaths. The victims of the Victorian railways had names, lives and families, and they deserve to be remembered.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Introduction (p. 1)
  • Steam and struggle (p. 4)
  • Engineers and explosions (p. 29)
  • Carnival and catastrophe (p. 58)
  • Riots and rocks (p. 97)
  • Tunnels and terror (p. 122)
  • Epidemics and errors (p. 139)
  • Cons and crime (p. 162)
  • Failure and fire (p. 193)
  • Poverty and plague (p. 216)
  • Derailing and drowning (p. 227)
  • Epilogue (p. 260)
  • Index (p. 267)

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