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Description - Signal Failure by David Wragg

The relationship between politicians and Britain's railways got off to a bad start, with the death of an MP, William Huskisson, at the opening of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway in 1830, yet the relationship has always been close, out of necessity because new railways required an act of Parliament for their construction. Not content with this, politics also intervened to ensure that the railways ran 'Parliamentary Trains' for commuting workers, and imposed the 'common carrier' freight obligation, making it impossible to refuse traffic, no matter how uneconomic! Signal Failure is a history of the relationship between railways and government in the United Kingdom. It is intended for both railway enthusiasts and professionals. Setting the relationship against the growth of the railways, the book looks at the way in which it developed. State control in two world wars left the Treasury as the war profiteer, with amalgamation between the wars and nationalisation afterwards. Signal Failure looks at the effect of political intervention, and its impact on the service (or lack of it) given to the long-suffering customer. It includes the attempts to protect the railways from competition

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780750932936
ISBN-10: 0750932937
Format: Paperback
(250mm x 170mm x 10mm)
Pages: 208
Imprint: The History Press Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 3-Feb-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - David Wragg

David Wragg is the author of more than twenty books, including four for Sutton Publishing and one for Haynes. A former journalist, he has written on transport and defence for a number of national newspapers and magazines. he lives in Scotland.

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