British railway enthusiasm

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Author: Ian Carter

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 1526129744

Category: History

Page: 316

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This is the first academic book to study railway enthusiasts in Britain. Far from a trivial topic, the postwar train spotting craze swept most boys and some girls into a passion for railways, and for many, ignited a lifetime's interest. British railway enthusiasm traces this postwar cohort, and those which followed, as they invigorated different sectors in the world of railway enthusiasm - train spotting, railway modelling, collecting railway relics - and then, in response to the demise of main line steam traction, Britain's now-huge preserved railway industry. Today this industry finds itself riven by tensions between preserving a loved past which ever fewer people can remember and earning money from tourist visitors. The widespread and enduring significance of railway enthusiasm will ensure that this ground-breaking text becomes a key work in transport studies, and will appeal to enthusiasts as much as to students and scholars of transport and cultural history.

Railway Discourse

Linguistic and Stylistic Representations of the Train in the Anglophone World

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Author: Esterino Adami

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 1527525554

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 161

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This volume examines the train trope in a variety of cultural, literary and linguistic contexts, from contemporary crime fiction and dystopian graphic narratives to postcolonial railway travelogues, by employing a range of methods and frameworks. Situated within the “Discourse, Pragmatics and Sociolinguistics” collection, the book critically engages with significant areas such as discourse and narrative structure. Interpreting the railway as a powerful cultural and imaginary site in the English-speaking world that traverses a range of creative domains, this study explores the ways in which the train and its structures, symbols and metaphors are textually rendered and the type of stylistic effects they generate in readers. It introduces, frames and discusses the idea of railway discourse and focuses on specific case studies (The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, the graphic novel Snowpiercer and Monisha Rajesh’s Around India in 80 Trains). In particular, it considers how a compartment window can constrain, and shape, the point of view of a narrator, the way in which science fiction trains are conceptually imagined, and the intercultural implications of rail travel writing in India today. To analyse the role and meaning of the railway in these texts, and compare them with others, this work adopts and adapts analytical tools and critical concepts from the integration of different fields, such as stylistics and linguistics, postcolonial criticism and literary studies.

Train Songs

Poetry of the Railway

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Author: Don Paterson,Sean O'Brien

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780571315789

Category: Railroad trains

Page: 192

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From Auden, Larkin, Hardy and MacNeice to the American Blues and the Industrial Revolution, this anthology takes us on a round journey trip through locomotive poetry.

An Historical Geography of Railways in Great Britain and Ireland

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Author: David Turnock

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351958933

Category: History

Page: 394

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Although a great deal has been published on the economic, social and engineering history of nineteenth-century railways, the work of historical geographers has been much less conspicuous. This overview by David Turnock goes a long way towards restoring the balance. It details every important aspect of the railway’s influence on spatial distribution of economic and social change, providing a full account of the nineteenth-century geography of the British Isles seen in the context of the railway. The book reviews and explains the shape of the developing railway network, beginning with the pre-steam railways and connections between existing road and water communications and the new rail lines. The author also discusses the impact of the railways on the patterns of industrial, urban and rural change throughout the century. Throughout, the historical geography of Ireland is treated in equal detail to that of Great Britain.

The Railway Book

An Anthology

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Author: Stuart Legg

Publisher: Trafalgar Square

ISBN: 9780947795085

Category: English literature

Page: 256

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Making Tracks

A Whistle-stop Tour of Railway History

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Author: Peter Saxton

Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books

ISBN: 1782433325

Category: Transportation

Page: 192

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Cherished, admired and frequently used as an excuse for lateness, the railways occupy a special place in our hearts. Trains are not just a practical mode of transport, but also a way of tracing our social history over the past 150 years, from technological progress and design to cultural change and the impact they have had on our landscape. Full of facts, trivia and anecdotes, this engaging miscellany looks at the heyday of the railways around the world, chronicling the shift from steam trains to diesel and electric and the challenge of running during two world wars. A broad range of aspects is covered, from the types of trains and services, key people and station architecture, to station pets, accidents and crime, and the depiction of the railways in literature and art. Chock-full of information, this miscellany is perfect for railway enthusiasts, history buffs or those who would like to learn more about this fascinating form of transport that is so often taken for granted.

The Trans-Siberian Railway

A Traveller's Anthology

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Author: Deborah Manley

Publisher: Andrews UK Limited

ISBN: 1908493305

Category: Travel

Page: 312

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No railway journey on Earth can equal the Trans-Siberian between Moscow and Vladivostock. It is not just its vast length and the great variety of the lands and climes through which it passes. It is not just its history as the line that linked the huge territories which are Russia together. It is a dream which calls countless travellers to the adventure of the longest railway in the world. From the birth aboard of Rudolf Nureyev to the childhood obsession with the railway of Lesley Blanch, to the weariness that eventually overcame Paul Theroux, to the excitement of the author’s own journey, this revised and updated collection of travellers’ accounts brings together emotions, descriptions and humour from a century of travel. This new edition of a classic anthology takes us through the tremendous achievement of the railway’s construction across harsh, unsettled lands through the earliest journeys of Western travellers and the trains on which they travelled, and their descriptions of fellow travellers, food, scenery, domestic arrangements, adventures on and off the train, convicts, revolution and war as the train carried them through a lonely, lovely landscape. The barrier of Lake Baikal was crossed by a British-built ice-breaker, put together on the lakeside until the link around the deep water and through the first tunnels of the route was completed. The railway played – and still plays – a huge part in holding this vast country together.

Marigolds Grow Wild on Platforms

An Anthology of Railway Poetry

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Author: Peggy Poole

Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson

ISBN: 9780304347766

Category: American poetry

Page: 192

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A collection of more than 160 railway poems that range from the simply lyrical to the mechanical. Features the work of Wordsworth, Walt Whitman, W.H. Auden, Hardy, Larkin, Betjeman, Louis MacNeice and many more.