Broad Gauge Railways (Shire Library) (UK Edition)

October 30, 2020
Broad Gauge Railways (Shire Library) (UK Edition)

Isambard Kingdom Brunel considered the Great Western Railway the'finest work in England' and he contributed many groundbreakingfeatures, none so unorthodox as the decision not to adopt the'standard' track gauge of 4ft 8½in and instead introduce the new'broad gauge' of 7ft ¼in. Describing the rationale behind thechoice of broad gauge, and also the unique track and locomotivesused, this beautifully illustrated introduction to broad gaugerailways chronicles the building of the original GWR betweenBristol and London, and the expansion of that original 112-milemain line into a network stretching across the West of England,Wales and the Midlands. It describes how the clash between broadand narrow led to the 'Battle of the Gauges' and also provides alist of places to visit where broad gauge artefacts stillsurvive.