Night Trains

The Rise and Fall of the Sleeper

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Author: Andrew Martin

Publisher: Profile Books(GB)

ISBN: 9781781255605

Category: Railroads

Page: 256

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In journeys to Istanbul, Lisbon, Venice and elsewhere, bestselling author Andrew Martin recaptures the glamour and intrigue of the night train

Night Trains

The Rise and Fall of the Sleeper

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Author: Andrew Martin

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781781255599

Category:

Page: 256

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Night trains have long fascinated us with the possibilities of their private sleeping compartments, gilded dining cars, champagne bars and wealthy travellers. Authors from Agatha Christie to Graham Greene have used night trains to tell tales of romance, intrigue and decadence against a rolling background of dramatic landscapes. The reality could often be as thrilling: early British travellers on the Orient Express were advised to carry a revolver (as well as a teapot).In Night Trains, Andrew Martin attempts to relive the golden age of the great European sleeper trains by using their modern-day equivalents. This is no simple matter. The night trains have fallen on hard times, and the services are disappearing one by one. But if the Orient Express experience can only be recreated by taking three separate sleepers, the intriguing characters and exotic atmospheres have survived. Whether the backdrop is 3am at a Turkish customs post, the sun rising over the Riviera, or the constant twilight of a Norwegian summer night, Martin rediscovers the pleasures of a continent connected by rail. By tracing the history of the sleeper trains, he reveals much of the recent history of Europe itself. The original sleepers helped break down national barriers and unify the continent. Martin uncovers modern instances of European unity - and otherwise - as he traverses the continent during 'interesting times', with Brexit looming. Against this tumultuous backdrop, he experiences his own smaller dramas, as he fails to find crucial connecting stations, ponders the mystery of the compartment dog, and becomes embroiled in his very own night train whodunit.

Underground, Overground

A Passenger's History of the Tube

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Author: Andrew Martin

Publisher: Profile Books

ISBN: 1847658075

Category: History

Page: 269

View: 7334

Why is the Victoria Line so hot? What is an Electrical Multiple Unit? Is it really possible to ride from King's Cross to King's Cross on the Circle line? The London Underground is the oldest, most sprawling and illogical metropolitan transport system in the world, the result of a series of botch-jobs and improvisations.Yet it transports over one billion passengers every year - and this figure is rising. It is iconic, recognised the world over, and loved and despised by Londoners in equal measure. Blending reportage, humour and personal encounters, Andrew Martin embarks on a wonderfully engaging social history of London's underground railway system (which despite its name, is in fact fifty-five per cent overground). Underground, Overground is a highly enjoyable, witty and informative history of everything you need to know about the Tube.

Belles and Whistles

Journeys Through Time on Britain's Trains

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Author: Andrew Martin

Publisher: Profile Books

ISBN: 1782830251

Category: History

Page: 331

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In the heroic days of rail travel, you could dine on kippers and champagne aboard the Brighton Belle; smoke a post-prandial cigar as the Golden Arrow closed in on Paris, or be shaved by the Flying Scotsman's on-board barber. Everyone from schoolboys to socialites knew of these glamorous 'named trains' and aspired to ride aboard them. In Belles and Whistles, Andrew Martin recreates these famous train journeys by travelling aboard their nearest modern day equivalents. Sometimes their names have survived, even if only as a footnote on a timetable leaflet, but what has usually - if not always - disappeared is the extravagance and luxury. As Martin explains how we got from there to here, evocations of the Golden Age contrast with the starker modern reality: from monogrammed cutlery to stirring sticks, from silence on trains to tannoy announcements, from compartments to airline seating. For those who wonder whatever happened to porters, dining cars, mellow lighting, timetables, luggage in advance, trunk murders, the answers are all here. Martin's five journeys add up to an idiosyncratic history of Britain's railways, combining humour, historical anecdote and reportage from the present and romantic evocations of the past.

Anglo-Scottish Sleepers

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Author: David Meara

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781445672328

Category:

Page: 96

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In this book, illustrated throughout, David Meara tells the fascinating story of hundred years of Scottish sleeper services.

The Sleeper: Two strangers meet on a train. Only one gets off.

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Author: Emily Barr

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0755388011

Category: Fiction

Page: 301

View: 524

A tense, gripping psychological thriller, with Hitchcockian overtones, perfect for fans of Gillian Flynn's GONE GIRL and THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN. Lara Finch is living a lie. Everyone thinks she has a happy life in Cornwall, married to the devoted Sam, but in fact she is desperately bored. When she is offered a new job that involves commuting to London by sleeper train, she meets Guy and starts an illicit affair. When Lara vanishes from the night train without leaving a trace, only her friend Iris disbelieves the official version of events, and sets out to find her. For Iris, it is the start of a voyage that will take her further than she's ever travelled and on to a trail of old crimes and dark secrets. For Lara, it is the end of a journey that started a long time ago. A journey she must finish, before it destroys her.. Readers are gripped by Emily Barr... 'The Sleeper makes for breathless, compulsive reading, with characters so real you almost feel like you know them well enough to ring them up and ask them what on earth is going on. Emily achieves what other writers cannot - her books are just getting better and better' Elizabeth Haynes 'Sleep-sabotagingly moreish' Cosmopolitan 'A tense and gritty read with echoes of Daphne du Maurier's Don't Look Now' Telegraph 'One brilliantly compelling page-turner' Closer 'A gripping piece of fiction spiked with an unnerving amount of psychological tension' Kirkus

Soot

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Author: Andrew Martin

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781785414732

Category: Artists

Page: 324

View: 4459

York, 1798: An artist is found murdered in his home, stabbed with the tools of his trade: a pair of scissors. The people depicted in the final six shades, or silhouettes, made by him become the key suspects - but who are they, and where are they to be found? Meanwhile, Fletcher Rigge, a clever but impoverished gentleman, languishes in debtors' prison - until a letter arrives containing a bizarre proposition from the son of the murdered man. Rigge is to be released for one month; but in that time, he must find the killer. If he fails, he will be incarcerated again, possibly for life. And so, equipped only with copies of the distinctive silhouettes, Rigge begins his search across the snow-covered city, and enters a world of shadows...

The Railways

Nation, Network and People

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Author: Simon Bradley

Publisher: Profile Books

ISBN: 1847653529

Category: Transportation

Page: 516

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Sunday Times History Book of the Year 2015 Currently filming for BBC programme Full Steam Ahead Britain's railways have been a vital part of national life for nearly 200 years. Transforming lives and landscapes, they have left their mark on everything from timekeeping to tourism. As a self-contained world governed by distinctive rules and traditions, the network also exerts a fascination all its own. From the classical grandeur of Newcastle station to the ceaseless traffic of Clapham Junction, from the mysteries of Brunel's atmospheric railway to the lost routines of the great marshalling yards, Simon Bradley explores the world of Britain's railways, the evolution of the trains, and the changing experiences of passengers and workers. The Victorians' private compartments, railway rugs and footwarmers have made way for air-conditioned carriages with airline-type seating, but the railways remain a giant and diverse anthology of structures from every period, and parts of the system are the oldest in the world. Using fresh research, keen observation and a wealth of cultural references, Bradley weaves from this network a remarkable story of technological achievement, of architecture and engineering, of shifting social classes and gender relations, of safety and crime, of tourism and the changing world of work. The Railways shows us that to travel through Britain by train is to journey through time as well as space.

I Tried to Run a Railway

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Author: Gerard Fiennes

Publisher: Head of Zeus

ISBN: 9781786691286

Category: Transportation

Page: 224

View: 4875

'BR rebel chairman resigns' THE GUARDIAN. 'Rebel rail chief in row' DAILY MAIL. 'I don't take it back says sacked rail chief' DAILY EXPRESS. This is the notorious book that got Gerard Fiennes sacked from British Railways while he was Chairman and General Manager of the Eastern Region in 1968. Fiennes became a railwayman by accident, joining the L.N.E.R as a Traffic Apprentice in 1928. Over the next four decades he worked himself up to the top of the management tree, experiencing all facets of railway life – steam through diesel to electrification – on his way to the top. When he got there, he knew the service was ripe for a revolution... and he believed he was the man to lead it. But of course, it was the wrong time for a manager who thought that railways could be a success – Dr. Beeching was sharpening his axe and unprofitable lines were closed rather than turned round. After being resisted, circumvented, delayed and blocked, G. F. Fiennes ran out of patience and put pen to paper and ran his career into the buffers as he told the story of what happens when non-railwaymen tried to run the railway.

Railways & the Raj

How the Age of Steam Transformed India

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Author: Christian Wolmar

Publisher: Atlantic Books (UK)

ISBN: 9781782397670

Category: Railroads

Page: 384

View: 5643

"India was the jewel in the crown of the British Empire. There were vast riches to be exploited and vast numbers of people to be subjugated. How better to achieve these aims than by building a rail network that facilitated the export of raw material and made it easier for troops to travel around the country to tackle uprisings? India joined the railway age late: the first line was not completed until 1853 but, by 1929, 41,000 miles of track served the country. However, the creation of this vast network was not intended to modernize India for the sake of its people but rather was a means for the colonial power to govern the huge country under its control, serving its British economic and military interests. By building India's railways, Britain radically changed the nation but also unwittingly created the preconditions of independence. While the railways benefitted India and were its first modern development, their construction ultimately contributed to a stirring of nationalist opinion, as resentment grew among the Indian population over the conditions they endured when travelling by train and the barring of Indians from the better paid railway jobs. Despite the dubious intentions behind the construction of the network, the Indian people quickly took to the railways, as the trains allowed them to travel easily for the first time. The Indian Railways network remains one of the largest in the world, serving over 25 million passengers each day. In this expertly told history, Christian Wolmar reveals the full story of India's railways, from its very beginnings to the present day, and examines the chequered role they have played in Indian history and the creation of today's modern state." --Publisher description.

The Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep

Simple Solutions for Kids from Birth to 5 Years

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Author: Harvey Karp

Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks

ISBN: 9780062113320

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 288

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Finally, kids do come with instructions! Surprisingly simple steps to boost your little child's sleep fast! Dr. Harvey Karp made doctors applaud and parents cheer with his brilliant solutions to centuries-old problems such as colic and tantrums. Now, in The Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep, he works his magic once again on the #1 parent complaint: exhaustion! Dr. Karp's surprising insights include: Why parents should always wake their sleeping babies when they ease them into bed! How a new type of white noise can boost your baby's or toddler's sleep by 1 to 2 hours! Easy "no-cry" tips that end infant and toddler bedtime struggles in just days! Plus dozens more foolproof tips that have helped thousands of families turn nighttime shrieks into nightlong slumber.

The Glass Castle

A Memoir

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Author: Jeannette Walls

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439156964

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

View: 6001

The child of an alcoholic father and an eccentric artist mother discusses her family's nomadic upbringing, during which she and her siblings fended for themselves while their parents outmaneuvered bill collectors and the authorities.

Tube Life

London's Underground in Photographs

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Author: Mirrorpix

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780750985970

Category:

Page: 144

View: 448

December 2018 sees the opening of the new Elizabeth Line that will link Reading and Heathrow in the west with Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east, stretching right across central London and clarifying how vital the arteries of the underground and overground rail network continue to be to so many millions of people. The London Underground has always been of great importance in the lives of Londoners, from when its stations and stairwells offered refuge from the barrage of the Blitz that battered London through its unique ability across the years to enable people to commute safely all around the capital, remaining strong in the face of such tragedies as the Moorgate crash and the 7.7 bombings. The Tube handles up to 4.8 million passenger journeys every day, a great British icon famous all around the world. These stunning photographs from the Mirrorpix archives present its changing face through time.

Small Island by Little Train

A Narrow-Gauge Adventure

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Author: Chris Arnot

Publisher: AA Publishing

ISBN: 9780749579265

Category:

Page: 320

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An exploration of the joys and idiosyncrasies of Britain's one-off narrow-gauge railway lines. Features: * A unique journey around Britain's narrow-gauge steam railway networks * Informative guide to lesser-known and eccentric railways across the country * An alternative railway history for lovers of steam heritage. Content: From stalwart little locomotives of topographic necessity, to the maverick engines of one man's whimsy, Britain's narrow-gauge steam trains run on tracks a world apart from its regimented mainlines. In Small Island by Little Train, eccentricity enthusiast Chris Arnot sets out to discover their stories. * The miniature railway on the Kent coast, used for Home Guard military trains during World War II, and later the school commute for dozens of local school children * The UK's only Alpine-style rack-and-pinion railway, scaling one of Britain's highest mountains * The five different gauges of railway circling one man's landscaped garden, and the team building their own trains to run on it * The legendary Peak District railway closed and never reopened - what, if anything remains of it? Far more than mere relics of the nation's industrial past, or battered veterans of wartime Britain, these are also stories of epic feats of preservation, volunteerism, tourism, and local history. They are an exploration of idiosyncrasy, enthusiasm and eccentricity. Or, to put it another way, a tale of Britishness.

Night Train to Jamalpur

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Author: Andrew Martin

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 0571284116

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 6685

North East India, 1923. On the broiling Night Mail from Calcutta to Jamalpur, a man is shot dead in a first class compartment. Detective Inspector Jim Stringer was sleeping in the next compartment along. Was he the intended target? Jim should have known that his secondment to the East Indian Railway, with a roving brief to inspect security arrangements, would not be the working holiday he had hoped for. The country seethes with political and racial tension. Aside from the Jamalpur shooting, someone is placing venomous snakes - including giant king cobras - in the first class compartments of the railway. Jim also has worries on the home front: his daughter has formed a connection with a Maharajah's son, who may in turn have a connection to Jim's incredibly rude colleague, the bristling Major Fisher. Jim must do everything he can to keep his family safe from harm, as he unravels the intrigues that surround him...

The Yellow Diamond

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Author: Andrew Martin

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780571288205

Category:

Page: 320

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The author of the beloved Jim Stringer series turns from Edwardian railways to contemporary London: Mayfair - home of the super-rich.

Bears in the Streets

Three Journeys across a Changing Russia

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Author: Lisa Dickey

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1250092302

Category: Travel

Page: 336

View: 9946

**One of Bustle's 17 of the Best Nonfiction Books Coming in January 2017 and Men's Journal's 7 Best Books of January** "Brilliant, real and readable." —former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright **A USA Today "New and Noteworthy" Book** Lisa Dickey traveled across the whole of Russia three times—in 1995, 2005 and 2015—making friends in eleven different cities, then coming back again and again to see how their lives had changed. Like the acclaimed British documentary series Seven Up!, she traces the ups and downs of ordinary people’s lives, in the process painting a deeply nuanced portrait of modern Russia. From the caretakers of a lighthouse in Vladivostok, to the Jewish community of Birobidzhan, to a farmer in Buryatia, to a group of gay friends in Novosibirsk, to a wealthy family in Chelyabinsk, to a rap star in Moscow, Dickey profiles a wide cross-section of people in one of the most fascinating, dynamic and important countries on Earth. Along the way, she explores dramatic changes in everything from technology to social norms, drinks copious amounts of vodka, and learns firsthand how the Russians really feel about Vladimir Putin. Including powerful photographs of people and places over time, and filled with wacky travel stories, unexpected twists, and keen insights, Bears in the Streets offers an unprecedented on-the-ground view of Russia today.

Railways and the Raj

How the Age of Steam Transformed India

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Author: Christian Wolmar

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780857890641

Category: Railroads

Page: 384

View: 8354

During the second half of the nineteenth century, the plans for British Empire expansion knew no bounds and landscapes around the world were forever changed by colonial infrastructure. In 1842 not a single mile of railway line existed in India: by 1929 41,000 miles of track served the country. Yet this was not intended to modernise India for the sake of its people but was a means for those in power to govern the huge country under their control. Despite the dubious intentions for the construction of the network, the Indian people quickly took to the railways, expanding their horizons and making migration to the cities of India easier than ever before. The Indian Railways network remains one of the largest in the world, serving over 25 million passengers each day. By building the railways in India, Britain radically changed the nation but also unwittingly created the preconditions of independence. While the railways greatly benefitted India and were the nation's first modern development, their construction ultimately contributed to a stirring of nationalist opinion. In this expertly told history, Christian Wolmar traces the evolution of India's rail network, revealing how it was largely subverted for British economic and military purposes. He also examines the chequered role of the railways in Indian history and the part they played in the creation of today's modern state.