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Brian Rosa

Relics Railway – Brian Rosa Castlefield – the meeting point of some of the oldest industrial canals and railways in the world – is undoubtedly one of the most important sites in Manchester to help us understand the relationship between the Industrial Revolution and urban infrastructure. During the 1970s, a grass-roots campaign to save the abandoned Liverpool Road Station – built in 1830, it’s the oldest railway station in the world – led to Castlefield becoming a showcase for industrial heritage and, in turn, driving Manchester’s regeneration strategies from the

in Manchester
Gothicised Place and Globalised Space in Victorian Cornwall
Paul Young

This paper examines an account of Cornwall published by Wilkie Collins in 1851, focusing specifically upon Collins‘s claim that the region lay ‘beyond’ the railway. In so doing it explores the way in which mid-nineteenth-century Gothic discourse can be understood to inform a scalar opposition between localised place – conceived of as static, isolated, anachronistic and particular – and globalised space - conceived of as kinetic, networked, modern and homogenous.

Gothic Studies
Edward M. Spiers

If the American Civil War demonstrated the military value of railways, Prussian usage – first in a sudden defeat of Austria (1866) and then in the spectacular and unexpected rout of France (1870–71) – confirmed expectations in Europe. The surrender at Sedan of the Chälons army under Marshal Patrice MacMahon, accompanied by Napoleon III, a mere six weeks after the declaration of war, constituted

in Engines for empire

Far from a trivial topic, the post-war train spotting craze swept most boys and some girls into a passion for railways, and for many, ignited a lifetime's interest. This book traces this post-war cohort, and those which followed, as they invigorated different sectors in the world of railway enthusiasm. Today Britain's now-huge preserved railway industry finds itself driven by tensions between preserving a loved past which ever fewer people can remember and earning money from tourist visitors. It was Hamilton Ellis and Philip Unwin who were the joint pioneers of the 'Railway Book Mania' which ran from 1947 to the dwindling of popular and mid-depth railway history writing in the 1970s. British railway enthusiasts suffer from an image problem. Standing forlorn on station platforms, train spotters are butts for every stand-up comic's jokes. Like some other collectors, train spotters collect ephemera: locomotive numbers are signs unconnected to any marketable commodity. Train spotting had its own rich culture. As British railways declined from their Edwardian peak, enthusiasts' structure of feeling shifted steadily from celebrating novelty to mourning loss. Always a good hater as well as a skilled engineer, more than seventy years ago Curly Lawrence identified issues which still bounce around modelling sections of the British railway fancy. The book discusses toy trains, model engineering and railway modelling. British railway enthusiasm remains a remarkably varied activity today, articulated through attachment (of whatever kind) to prototype railways' life-world.

The South African War, 1899–1902
Edward M. Spiers

Just as the South African War (1899–1902) tested many facets of the late Victorian army – its command, staff, tactics and means of expansion, and its operational and supply capacity – so it proved the ultimate test of the army’s ability to use, manage and exploit railways in wartime. Prior to the outbreak of war, there were 8,083 km of railroad in southern Africa (see Map 1 at the front of this book), most of it narrow

in Engines for empire
Edward M. Spiers

Using railways for operational support was the primary mission envisaged by the late Victorian army. Only a couple of the railways had been built completely in theatre during a conflict; both of these (in the Crimea and Abyssinia) were relatively short, and the latter was relatively far to the rear. None of the Victorian works of construction emulated the length and significance of the Sudan Military Railway, a

in Engines for empire
Edward M. Spiers

If the early Victorian army had struggled initially to discharge its duties in aid of the civil power, and welcomed railways as an ancillary means of responding to domestic emergencies, it encountered similar challenges in fulfilling its role in home defence. As in aiding the civil power, the army’s role in home defence was strictly a subordinate one. Prime responsibility for this task rested with

in Engines for empire
Edward M. Spiers

The abrupt termination of military operations and railway building in the Eastern Sudan followed the rapid deterioration of Anglo-Russian relations after the Penjdeh Incident (23 March 1885), in which the Russians killed some 600 Afghans. 1 Arguably the ensuing rift was the closest that Britain and Russia came to war during the late nineteenth century as attention refocused upon the north-west frontier and the primacy of

in Engines for empire
From Ottoman railway lines to contemporary migrant transportation
Rozita Dimova

Vug is a term used in geology referring to an elongated cavity formed by cracks and fissures opened by tectonic activity. Vugs can be filled by different materials such as minerals or they can remain empty cavities that allow water or other liquid to permeate through the rock. This vuggy character of porosity created by tectonic, environmental, or chemical processes bears similarity with the protractive, elongated porosity triggered by the first central railway built in the early 1870s between Thessaloniki and Mitrovica

in Border porosities
Ian Carter

9780719065668_4_002.qxd 29/01/2008 12:38PM Page 24 2 The railway book (and magazine) mania Mania, what mania? ot in Ottley’ is the proudest claim any British railway bibliophile can slide among his text’s footnotes, for George Ottley’s work is a major peak in British railway scholarship’s eccentric range. As a staffer working in the British Museum Reading Room, this man was obliged to undertake bibliographic research. Though no prior enthusiasm drew him to this task, in 1952 he began ‘Ottley’s Folly’, trekking through British railway literature’s trackless

in British railway enthusiasm