The first underground railway in London was an instant success in 1863, providing a link between Paddington, Euston and King’s Cross stations, and carrying 9.5 million passengers in the first year. This illustrated account of the development of the system describes the evolution of the lines, the traction, rolling stock and stations as well as exploring how the complex modern system is managed, reporting recent developments and discussing the challenges of ever-growing passenger numbers.
A boom in leisure cruising has seen many new large passenger ships and smaller 'expedition' ships built in recent years, while in response to the drive for cheaper cargo shipping, container vessels have got bigger, some approaching 400m in length, and are designed for slower running with more efficient engines. The 17th edition of this standard reference work, now with over 200 colour photographs, provides comprehensive and authoritative information on all the world's ocean-going passenger and cargo ships.
Lost Voices of the London Trams
London’s tram network declined in the 1930s and 1940s and was phased out in the 1950s, with the last tram running in January 1953. Both the memoir of a transport buff and a detailed study of London trams, illustrated with over 200 vintage photographs, Baker’s book describes the system, the routes, the depots and the vehicles, and ends by welcoming the ‘new dawn’ of today’s Tramlink service in South London.
Echoes of the Goddess
A Quest for the Sacred Feminine in the British Landscape
In search of the goddesses of pre-Christian Britain, the authors explore prehistoric sites throughout Europe before examining evidence of British goddess worship ranging from cairns and standing stones to medieval labyrinths.
The Great Western Railway Between the Wars
Chaos in the aftermath of the First World War followed by economic unrest and the General Strike made the 1920s a difficult time for the Great Western Railway; but in the following decade its publicity and advertising department created an identity for the company that still resonates today. This well-illustrated history details the challenges that faced the GWR between the wars and relates how it set about restoring the position of pre-eminence that it held in 1914.
Piercing the Atlantic Wall
Drawing on both Allied and German sources and approaching the Normandy landings and the days that followed as a multitude of small-scale struggles, Robert Kershaw, himself a former soldier, is able to offer new insights into the successes and failures of both sides during the hard-fought battle for Normandy.
Seaspray and Whisky
Tale of a Turbulent Voyage
Described by the Marconi company staff clerk as 'Not a Cunarder', the Allenwell turned out to be a dirty, down-at-heel cargo ship with crew to match, and Norman Freeman had signed up as radio officer for a three-month trip from Liverpool to the USA. Some of the cargo – Scotch whisky – didn't make it that far. Freeman's memoir of this 1961/62 trip is an entertaining and sometimes poignant account of 'a very odd ship and an unusual voyage'.