The Unusual and the Unexpected on British Railways

A Chronology of Unlikely Events, 1948-1968


Author: Dave Peel

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781781552346

Category: Transportation

Page: 352

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Who would have thought that GWR 'Grange' would reach Huddersfield on a service train, or that a Cardiff-based 'Britannia' would appear at Boston, or an LMS 'Duchess' worked the 'Royal Scot' into Newcastle? Or that Richard Dimbleby presented a live BBC TV broadcast of Down Your Way from the footplate of an A1 at King's Cross depot! These and a host of other improbable events did indeed happen in this fascinating period on British Railways. They are brought together in this single compilation, including many contemporary photographs illustrating a sample of the roughly 7,000 references recording 'rare' events on BR. These events themselves are in chronological sequence within each month and form an amazing picture of some of the things that went wrong/only happened once/shouldn't have happened at all . . . the surprises are many and varied! This collection is of course a personal choice of the most interesting items contained on countless pages of notes and news published in the enthusiast press at the time. The content is therefore national rather than regional and all types of traction and train formation feature (including Royal, State and private funeral trains!) that place the then BR scene

Starlight Specials

The Overnight Anglo-Scottish Express


Author: Dave Peel

Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited

ISBN: 1445641747

Category: Transportation

Page: 128

View: 3875

A fascinating look at the special Starlight Express overnight train service between London and Glasgow/Edinburgh

Producing India

From Colonial Economy to National Space


Author: Manu Goswami

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226305103

Category: History

Page: 400

View: 5264

When did categories such as a national space and economy acquire self-evident meaning and a global reach? Why do nationalist movements demand a territorial fix between a particular space, economy, culture, and people? Producing India mounts a formidable challenge to the entrenched practice of methodological nationalism that has accorded an exaggerated privilege to the nation-state as a dominant unit of historical and political analysis. Manu Goswami locates the origins and contradictions of Indian nationalism in the convergence of the lived experience of colonial space, the expansive logic of capital, and interstate dynamics. Building on and critically extending subaltern and postcolonial perspectives, her study shows how nineteenth-century conceptions of India as a bounded national space and economy bequeathed an enduring tension between a universalistic political economy of nationhood and a nativist project that continues to haunt the present moment. Elegantly conceived and judiciously argued, Producing India will be invaluable to students of history, political economy, geography, and Asian studies.

Six Stories and an Essay


Author: Andrea Levy

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1472222679

Category: Fiction

Page: 128

View: 8389

Andrea Levy, author of the Man Booker shortlisted novel THE LONG SONG and the prize-winning, million-copy bestseller SMALL ISLAND, draws together a remarkable collection of short stories from across her writing career, which began twenty years ago with the publication of her first novel, the semi-autobiographical EVERY LIGHT IN THE HOUSE BURNIN'. 'None of my books is just about race,' Levy has said.'They're about people and history.' Her novels have triumphantly given voice to the people and stories that might have slipped through the cracks in history. From Jamaican slave society in the nineteenth century, through post-war immigration into Britain, to the children of migrants growing up in '60s London, her books are acclaimed for skilful storytelling and vivid characters. And her unique voice, unflinching but filled with humour, compassion and wisdom, has made her one of the most significant and exciting contemporary authors. This collection opens with an essay about how writing has helped Andrea Levy to explore and understand her heritage. She explains the context of each piece within the chronology of her career and finishes with a new story, written to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War in 1914. As with her novels, these stories are at once moving and honest, deft and humane, filled with insight, anger at injustice and her trademark lightness of touch.

Bridge Management

Inspection, Maintenance, Assessment and Repair


Author: M. J. Ryall,J. E. Harding, G. A. R. Parke

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1489972323

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 797

View: 5767

This volume consists of papers presented at the First International Conference on Bridge Management, held at The University of Surrey, Guildford, UK, from 28-30 March 1990.

The Penguin History of the Twentieth Century

The History of the World, 1901 to the Present


Author: J M Roberts

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141928492

Category: History

Page: 928

View: 2619

This dazzling overview of a turbulent century explores both dramatic events and underlying trends. Despite a terrible two-stage 'European civil war' and the traumatic rise and fall of communism, wealth has increased dramatically alongside a four-fold leap in population, women's lives have been transformed, America has assumed undisputed political and cultural leadership. The Penguin History of the Twentieth Century is powerful, international and definitive.