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Goods Trains by Tim Bryan



ISBN: 9781784423995 Category: Tags: ,


Though trains are now used primarily to carry passengers, the earliest railways in Britain were created to move goods, and a teeming and efficient infrastructure made railway the dominant freight transport system until the road haulage revolution. Throughout the nineteenth century these trains were the lifeblood of the nation, transporting precious raw materials, construction and industrial items, and fresh produce from coastal areas and farms in to the centre of bustling cities. This informative illustrated history shows how cargoes were carried and how the system was organized, from the individual goods containers, through whole trains, to sidings, railway clearing houses, goods sheds, and the final destination, whether it was a town, city or harbour. Author Tim Bryan also examines the basic rolling stock of these trains, from the humble coal wagon to high-tech chemical containers.

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