Fire and Steam

A New History of the Railways in Britain

Christian Wolmar

RRP: £14.99

1 May 2008

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781843546306

RRP: £7.99

1 October 2009

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781848872615

The opening of the pioneering Liverpool and Manchester Railway in 1830 marked the beginning of the railways’ vital role in changing the face of Britain. Fire and Steam celebrates the vision and determination of the ambitious Victorian pioneers who developed this revolutionary transport system and the navvies who cut through the land to enable a country-wide network to emerge.

From the early days of steam to electrification, via the railways’ magnificent contribution in two world wars, the chequered history of British Rail, and the buoyant future of the train, Fire and Steam examines the social and economical importance of the railway and how it helped to form the Britain of today.