Railway's Strangest Tales

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A quirky collection of true stories from the stranger side of the world's railways, featuring weird weather conditions, audacious robberies, hair-raising accidents, vanishing passengers, an infestation of maggots and a mysterious missing mummy.
A fascinating collection of bizarre but true stories from nearly 200 years of railway history.

Right from the very start, when George Stephenson's famous Rocket knocked over and killed a government minister at the opening of the Liverpool to Manchester line in 1830, the world's railways have given rise to plenty of intriguing stories. In this fascinating book, revised and updated with a new selection of tales, railway buff Tom Quinn explores the more bizarre side of train travel, featuring weird weather conditions, audacious robberies, hair-raising accidents, vanishing passengers, an infestation of maggots and a mysterious missing mummy.

From the dawn of rail travel, when speeds of 15mph were considered dangerous to health and people mistook engines for fire-breathing demons, through the Victorian heyday of royal trains and seaside specials to today's more prosaic leaves on the line, this whistlestop tour through railways' long and storied history is the perfect gift for armchair travellers, history fans and trainspotters.

Word count: 60,000
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Weight 0.260000
Author TOM QUINN
Availability IP
Department Transport
Format Paperback
ISBN 9781911042808
Pages 256
Published 07/09/2017
Publisher Portico
Section Transport
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