Railways - Nation, Network And People

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012015113020151201 (R4)

A magnificent account of Britain's railways and how track and carriage united a nation.

This series of readings includes an exploration of many aspects of the railway revolution, such as the challenges of 'railway time', the nuances of first, second and third class, the dificulties of lighting and heating, passenger comfort, what to eat when travelling and the history of refreshment stops and the commercial opportunities they brought - including the establishment of W.H.Smith and Son, who became the nation's first high street bookstore. Architecture and engineering are also covered, alongside the impact on social classes and gender.

Passengers may have a love-hate relationship with our railways, but few of us know much about the journey taken to get to where we are now.

"Simon Bradley's The Railways is magisterial. It's both authoritative and absorbing. A first class journey." Michael Palin

Episode 1: The coming of the trains shunted our vocabulary onto new tracks, and also did some odd things to time.

Reader: Stephen Tompkinson

Abridged and produced by Jill Waters

A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.

0120151130

A magnificent account of Britain's railways and how track and carriage united a nation.

This series of readings includes an exploration of many aspects of the railway revolution, such as the challenges of 'railway time', the nuances of first, second and third class, the dificulties of lighting and heating, passenger comfort, what to eat when travelling and the history of refreshment stops and the commercial opportunities they brought - including the establishment of W.H.Smith and Son, who became the nation's first high street bookstore. Architecture and engineering are also covered, alongside the impact on social classes and gender.

Passengers may have a love-hate relationship with our railways, but few of us know much about the journey taken to get to where we are now.

Simon Bradley's The Railways is magisterial. It's both authoritative and absorbing. A first class journey. Michael Palin

Episode 1: The coming of the trains shunted our vocabulary onto new tracks, and also did some odd things to time.

Reader: Stephen Tompkinson

Abridged and produced by Jill Waters

A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.

012015113020151201 (R4)

A magnificent account of Britain's railways and how track and carriage united a nation.

0220151201

0220151201

A magnificent account of Britain's railways and how track and carriage united a nation.

This series of readings includes an exploration of many aspects of the railway revolution, such as the challenges of 'railway time', the nuances of first, second and third class, the dificulties of lighting and heating, passenger comfort, what to eat when travelling and the history of refreshment stops and the commercial opportunities they brought - including the establishment of W.H.Smith and Son, who became the nation's first high street bookstore. Architecture and engineering are also covered, alongside the impact on social classes and gender.

Passengers may have a love-hate relationship with our railways, but few of us know much about the journey taken to get to where we are now.

Simon Bradley's The Railways is magisterial. It's both authoritative and absorbing. A first class journey. Michael Palin

Episode 2. The nuances of the classes - the difference a seat makes.

Read by Stephen Tompkinson

Abridged and produced by Jill Waters

A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.

022015120120151202 (R4)

The sweep of change initiated by the railways also highlighted the nuances of the classes.

0320151202

0320151202

A magnificent account of Britain's railways and how track and carriage united a nation.

This series of readings includes an exploration of many aspects of the railway revolution, such as the challenges of 'railway time', the nuances of first, second and third class, the dificulties of lighting and heating, passenger comfort, what to eat when travelling and the history of refreshment stops and the commercial opportunities they brought - including the establishment of W.H.Smith and Son, who became the nation's first high street bookstore. Architecture and engineering are also covered, alongside the impact on social classes and gender.

Passengers may have a love-hate relationship with our railways, but few of us know much about the journey taken to get to where we are now.

Simon Bradley's The Railways is magisterial. It's both authoritative and absorbing. A first class journey. Michael Palin

Episode 3. The great sweep of social and economic change initiated by the railways meant that not only could we now move faster, but things were different when we stopped.

Read by Stephen Tompkinson

Abridged and produced by Jill Waters

A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.

032015120220151203 (R4)

The sweep of change meant that things were different off the trains too.

0420151203

0420151203

A magnificent account of Britain's railways and how track and carriage united a nation.

This series of readings includes an exploration of many aspects of the railway revolution, such as the challenges of 'railway time', the nuances of first, second and third class, the dificulties of lighting and heating, passenger comfort, what to eat when travelling and the history of refreshment stops and the commercial opportunities they brought - including the establishment of W.H.Smith and Son, who became the nation's first high street bookstore. Architecture and engineering are also covered, alongside the impact on social classes and gender.

Passengers may have a love-hate relationship with our railways, but few of us know much about the journey taken to get to where we are now.

Simon Bradley's The Railways is magisterial. It's both authoritative and absorbing. A first class journey. Michael Palin

Episode 4. The railways altered the shape and character of the landscape, as well as giving us access to all corners of the country. Feats of engineering created bridges that have stood the test of time.

Read by Stephen Tompkinson

Abridged and produced by Jill Waters

A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.

042015120320151204 (R4)

A magnificent account of Britain's railways and how track and carriage united a nation.

This series of readings includes an exploration of many aspects of the railway revolution, such as the challenges of 'railway time', the nuances of first, second and third class, the dificulties of lighting and heating, passenger comfort, what to eat when travelling and the history of refreshment stops and the commercial opportunities they brought - including the establishment of W.H.Smith and Son, who became the nation's first high street bookstore. Architecture and engineering are also covered, alongside the impact on social classes and gender.

Passengers may have a love-hate relationship with our railways, but few of us know much about the journey taken to get to where we are now.

Simon Bradley's The Railways is magisterial. It's both authoritative and absorbing. A first class journey. Michael Palin

Episode 4. The railways altered the shape and character of the landscape, as well as giving us access to all corners of the country. Feats of engineering created bridges that have stood the test of time.

Read by Stephen Tompkinson

Abridged and produced by Jill Waters

A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.

042015120320151204 (R4)

The great sweep of change also brought hitherto untold feats of engineering.

0520151204

052015120420151205 (R4)

A magnificent account of Britain's railways and how track and carriage united a nation.

This series of readings includes an exploration of many aspects of the railway revolution, such as the challenges of 'railway time', the nuances of first, second and third class, the dificulties of lighting and heating, passenger comfort, what to eat when travelling and the history of refreshment stops and the commercial opportunities they brought - including the establishment of W.H.Smith and Son, who became the nation's first high street bookstore. Architecture and engineering are also covered, alongside the impact on social classes and gender.

Passengers may have a love-hate relationship with our railways, but few of us know much about the journey taken to get to where we are now.

"Simon Bradley's The Railways is magisterial. It's both authoritative and absorbing. A first class journey." Michael Palin

Episode 5: The enduring appeal of the railways - enthusiasts are so much more than just trainspotters. And what do trainspotters do anyway?

Read by Stephen Tompkinson

Abridged and produced by Jill Waters

A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.

0520151204

A magnificent account of Britain's railways and how track and carriage united a nation.

This series of readings includes an exploration of many aspects of the railway revolution, such as the challenges of 'railway time', the nuances of first, second and third class, the dificulties of lighting and heating, passenger comfort, what to eat when travelling and the history of refreshment stops and the commercial opportunities they brought - including the establishment of W.H.Smith and Son, who became the nation's first high street bookstore. Architecture and engineering are also covered, alongside the impact on social classes and gender.

Passengers may have a love-hate relationship with our railways, but few of us know much about the journey taken to get to where we are now.

Simon Bradley's The Railways is magisterial. It's both authoritative and absorbing. A first class journey. Michael Palin

Episode 5: The enduring appeal of the railways - enthusiasts are so much more than just trainspotters. And what do trainspotters do anyway?

Read by Stephen Tompkinson

Abridged and produced by Jill Waters

A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.

052015120420151205 (R4)

A magnificent account of Britain's railways and how track and carriage united a nation.

This series of readings includes an exploration of many aspects of the railway revolution, such as the challenges of 'railway time', the nuances of first, second and third class, the dificulties of lighting and heating, passenger comfort, what to eat when travelling and the history of refreshment stops and the commercial opportunities they brought - including the establishment of W.H.Smith and Son, who became the nation's first high street bookstore. Architecture and engineering are also covered, alongside the impact on social classes and gender.

Passengers may have a love-hate relationship with our railways, but few of us know much about the journey taken to get to where we are now.

Simon Bradley's The Railways is magisterial. It's both authoritative and absorbing. A first class journey. Michael Palin

Episode 5: The enduring appeal of the railways - enthusiasts are so much more than just trainspotters. And what do trainspotters do anyway?

Read by Stephen Tompkinson

Abridged and produced by Jill Waters

A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.

0520151204

A magnificent account of Britain's railways and how track and carriage united a nation.

This series of readings includes an exploration of many aspects of the railway revolution, such as the challenges of 'railway time', the nuances of first, second and third class, the dificulties of lighting and heating, passenger comfort, what to eat when travelling and the history of refreshment stops and the commercial opportunities they brought - including the establishment of W.H.Smith and Son, who became the nation's first high street bookstore. Architecture and engineering are also covered, alongside the impact on social classes and gender.

Passengers may have a love-hate relationship with our railways, but few of us know much about the journey taken to get to where we are now.

"Simon Bradley's The Railways is magisterial. It's both authoritative and absorbing. A first class journey." Michael Palin

Episode 5: The enduring appeal of the railways - enthusiasts are so much more than just trainspotters. And what do trainspotters do anyway?

Read by Stephen Tompkinson

Abridged and produced by Jill Waters

A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.

052015120420151205 (R4)

The revolution of track and engine gave birth to a new species - the railway enthusiast.