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5,809.  The railways – they were made possible by Richard Trevithick. (Evolution & Railways & Humanity & Industrial Revolution & Great Britain & England)  Jacob Bronowski, The Ascent of Man 1973: The Drive for Power 8/13    

 

 

10,516.  Rain, Steam, Speed – The Great Western Railway completed by Turner somewhere around 1843, 1844(Art & Railway)  Great Artists with Tim Marlow: J M W Turner

 

 

10,892.  You’ve got to be concerned with electric rails ’cause that’ll liven you up.  (Art & Railways)  King Robbo

 

 

26,148.  The First World War had begun – imposed on the statesmen of Europe by railway timetables.  It was an unexpected climax to the railway age.  (World War I & Railways)  A J P Taylor, The First World War 1963

 

 

28,906.  They would build a railroad: it’s completion would be one of the greatest technological achievements of the age.  (United States & West & Railway & Engineering)  Ken Burns: The West V, The Grandest Enterprise Under God

 

 

28,909.  By 1874 railroads had brought millions of settlers to the West opening up new lands for homesteads.  (United States & West & Railway & Engineering)  Ken Burns: The West VI, Fight No More Forever

 

 

30,438.  The railways transform British life.  (Great Britain & England & Railways)  The British V: Superpower

 

 

31,144.  He began work on what was to become the Great Western Railway.  (England & Great Britain & Engineering & Railways)  Jeremy Clarkson, Great Britons: Brunel BBC

 

31,145.  Brunel wanted his tracks seven feet apart ... The larger the wheel the less the friction ... Fit the big wheels and then put the carriage between them ... A lower centre of gravity, you’ve got better dynamics ... and something that changed the world – more speed.  (England & Great Britain & Engineering & Railways)  ibid.

 

31,147.  He proposed a tunnel: two miles long ... He built this exquisite, elaborate and very expensive facade but inside it was unlined ... The opening of the Box Tunnel meant a straight and level run from London to Bristol in four hours, thirteen hours faster than the mail coach.  (England & Great Britain & Engineering & Railways & Tunnel)  ibid.

 

31,148.  Brunel’s Temple Meads Terminus.  It is impossible to over-stress the importance of the Great Western Railway ... Brunel’s railway changed our expectations, it changed our aspirations, it changed everything.  (England & Great Britain & Engineering & Railways)  ibid.

 

31,154.  1843 ... He was still only thirty-seven.  The crowning glory of the Great Western Railway: Paddington Station.  (England & Great Britain & Engineering & Railway)  ibid.

 

 

47,799.  I endeavour to comprehend the present extraordinary state of railway matters when everyone around seems mad, stark staring wildly mad.  The only sane course for a sane man is to get out and keep quiet.  Isambard Kingdom Brunel    

 

 

47,800.  My policy is to be able to take a ticket at Victoria Station and go anywhere I damn well please.  Ernest Bevin 1881-1951, British Labour politician and trade unionist, Spectator 20th April 1951

 

 

47,801.  It will encourage the working classes to move about.  (Railways & Working Class)  Duke of Wellington

 

 

47,802.  That life-quickening atmosphere of a big railway station where everything is something trembling on the brink of something else.  Vladimir Nabokov

 

 

47,985.  Once Britain was proud of its trains.  The country had the first and greatest rail network in the world ... Then something changed.  In 1961 a certain Doctor [Richard] Beeching was hired by the government to write a report on the future of Britain's railways.  He recommended closing a third of the network, shutting down thousands of stations and tearing up miles and miles of track.  Beeching became one of the most reviled men in the country.  Ian Hislop Goes off the Rails, BBC 2013

 

47,986.  Railways though rooted in the world of money and commerce were fast becoming works of art in their own right.  ibid.

 

47,987.  1948: the Labour government nationalised the railways.  ibid.

 

47,988.  When the railway went, it was the workers on the local lines who were hit first.  ibid.

 

47,989.  The damage inflicted by Beeching is still felt today.  ibid.

 

47,990.  Their dismissal of the social and cultural cost of cutting the railways was a real failure.  ibid.

 

 

75,145.  The art critic John Ruskin – for Ruskin the railway epitomised a brutalising age.  (Great Britain & Railways)  Ian Hislop's Olden Days III

 

 

47,834.  It was the railroad that carried the great tide of Americans to areas of new opportunity and hope.  It was the railroads that linked the diverse segments of this vast land so that together they could create the greatest economy the world has ever known.  John F Kennedy

 

 

47,803.  They should be made to pay.  I think there can be no satisfactory future for the railways unless they are made to pay.  Richard Beeching

 

 

47,804.  We do not ride on the railroad, it rides upon us.  Henry David Thoreau

 

 

47,805.  I’m proud to be a railway modeller.  It means more to me to be on the cover of Model Railroader than to be on the cover of a music magazine.  (Railways & Models)  Rod Stewart

 

 

47,806.  I am glad to learn that the Parliament Bill has been passed for the Darlington Railway.  George Stephenson

 

 

47,807.  Last night Dr Beeching sat in his spacious office at ICI headquarters in London and admitted with a bland smile: ‘No, I have no experience of railways, except as a passenger.’  Daily Mirror article

 

 

47,808.  8.30 p.m.  Weekdays and Sundays: the Down Postal Special leaves Euston for Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen.  (Railways & Train)  Night Mail 1936, GPO Film Unit

 

47,809.  500,000,000 letters every year.  (Railways & Train)  ibid.

 

47,810.  When the bag is full it is tied, labelled and sealed ready for dispatch by apparatus or at the next stop.  (Railways & Train)  ibid.

 

 

112,085.  National Railway Museum in York: the world’s greatest collection of locomotives … Stephenson’s Rocket: that’s the original inside the museum.  (Engineering & Industrial Revolution & Steam & Railways)  Fred Dibnah’s Industrial Age s5: Railways, BBC 1999

  

112,086.  It was Robert Stephenson’s father George who is credited as being the father of the railways.  (Engineering & Industrial Revolution & Steam & Railways)  ibid.  

 

 

112,365.  The Victorian age was an age when Britain led the world in making and inventing things; an age when engineering achievement was seen as a symbol of national greatness.  Everything was getting bigger and faster.  Everthing was on a grand scale.  (Engineering & Victoria & Railways & Industrial Revolution)  Fred Dibnah’s Victorian Heroes s1e1, BBC 2001

 

112,366.  These were the men who transformed the face of the country and the world, and turned the Victorian age into the great age of the engineer.  (Engineering & Victoria & Railways & Industrial Revolution)  ibid.

 

112,367.  George Stephenson had a great interest in mechanics and he was involved in the early development of the railways.  He is known as the Father of the Railways.  (Engineering & Victoria & Railways & Industrial Revolution)  ibid.

 

112,368.  Robert Stephenson was in the forefront of creating a railway network which was to transform the lives of millions.  It was the age of iron.  (Engineering & Victoria & Railways & Industrial Revolution & Iron)  ibid.

 

112,369.  Railways, bridges, ships, the lot: Isambard Kingdom Brunel. (Engineering & Victoria & Railways & Industrial Revolution)  ibid.

 

 

47,812.  Steam power brought about a revolution in transport.  It was one of Britain’s greatest contributions to the industrial world.  In the age of steam the railways moved everything and everybody.  (Railway & Steam & Train & Engine & England & Great Britain & Industrial Revolution)  Fred Dibnahs Age of Steam: The Transport Revolution, BBC 2003

 

47,813.  The very last steam loco was withdrawn from British Rail service in 1968.  (Railway & Steam & Train & Engine & England & Great Britain & Industrial Revolution)  ibid.

 

47,814.  Locomotive engineering reached its peak between the 1930s and the 1950s.  It was the time when the great passenger express locos were built.  (Railway & Steam & Train & Engine & England & Great Britain & Industrial Revolution)  ibid.

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