Early Japanese Railways, 1853–1914
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Illustrated with a remarkable collection of maps, old photographs, paintings and woodblock prints, this history of the early railways in Japan also illuminates the country's social and cultural history during the 19th and early 20th centuries. After describing Japan in its isolation from the West before 1853, Dan Free traces in detail the introduction of railway technology and the growth of the network up to nationalization in 1912–14. Finally the appendices list railway companies, their locomotives, liveries and crests (shamon).