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Steamed up Locomotives of the LNWR Southern Division Harry Jack 300pp RCTS The Railway King A Biography of George Hudson Railway Pioneer and Fraudster Robert Beaumont 274pp Review Brunel The Life and Times of Isambard Kingdom Brunel Angus Buchanan 294pp Hambledon London Harry Jacks brother Ian the editor of Granta is a railway enthusiast who has wondered if his passion for railways and steam locomotives is a healthy one Ian Jack hides copies of railway magazines inside important literary reviews he says when travelling by train in case he is taken for a nutter or pervert I know exactly how he feels Admit to a love of railways in knowing ironic privatise-or-bust celebrity-obsessed Britain and you might as well strap yourself into a straitjacket and wait for the arrival of the men in white coats And yet for all the medias condescension there are millions of railway enthusiasts a few believe it or not still work for the railways themselves and any number of people for whom a steam locomotive simple or compound Single or Consolidation superheated or condensing Stirling or Churchward dont ask me to explain is a thing of sulphurous beauty a mechanical joy for ever Harry Jacks meticulously researched book - at least 30 years in the making - goes some way to demonstrate that an understanding of railway history is one perfectly useful and often enthralling way of interpreting and making sense of our past There was of course never anything dry or dusty in the sight or sound of a Bloomer or a Crampton thundering along the worlds first trunk line from London to Birmingham with coachloads of crinolined ladies and top-hatted gentlemen taking part in an adventure that would encompass the globe and change it for ever Jacks story is that of the creation naming and running of the worlds first long-distance mainline engines It is a story of professional rivalries of engineering
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