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Dangerous Days on the Victorian Railways Terry Deary

Dangerous Days on the Victorian Railways By Terry Deary

Dangerous Days on the Victorian Railways by Terry Deary


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Terry Deary's second instalment of history's terrors and torments, diseases and deaths - this time a little closer to home.

Dangerous Days on the Victorian Railways Summary

Dangerous Days on the Victorian Railways: Feuds, Frauds, Robberies and Riots by Terry Deary

Terry Deary's second instalment of history's terrors and torments, diseases and deaths - this time a little closer to home. Facing feuds and frauds, robberies and riots and the disasters of dangerous drivers, deadly designers and sleepy signalmen, Victorians risked more than just delays when stepping on a steam train. Victorian inventors certainly didn't lack steam, but squabbling over who deserved the title of 'The Father of the Locomotive' and busy enjoying their fame and fortune, safety on the rails was not their priority. Brakes were seen as a needless luxury (until a steamer started to slide downhill towards disaster) and boilers had an inconvenient tendency to overheat and explode, and in turn, blow up anyone in reach. Four years after a mysterious murderer left only his victim's crushed hat and walking stick on board a first class carriage, the nation trembled at the trains once more. Poorly timed repairs caused a locomotive to derail and crash into the shallow River Beult, killing ten passengers and injuring 40 more. The infamous Staplehurst disaster is said to have traumatised passenger Charles Dickens, threatening to expose his affair with the young Nell Ternan, and altering his health and writing for the rest of his life. Often recognised as having revolutionised travel and industrial Britain, Victorian railways were perilous. Few other histories honour the lives of the people killed or injured by the diseases and disasters which accounted for thousands of deaths. The victims of the Victorian railways had names, lives and families, and they deserve to be remembered...

Dangerous Days on the Victorian Railways Reviews

Original, informative and quirky, the stories in this book linger in the memory. GOOD BOOK GUIDE 'an intriguing alternative history' -- B Lesle McDowell SUNDAY HERALD

About Terry Deary

Terry Deary was born in Sunderland in 1946 and now lives in County Durham, where the Marsden family of the Tudor Chronicles live. Once an actor and a teacher of English and drama, he is one of Britain's bestselling children's authors, with over 140 books to his credit, including the phenomenally successful Horrible Histories.

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GOR005706464
9780297870586
0297870580
Dangerous Days on the Victorian Railways: Feuds, Frauds, Robberies and Riots by Terry Deary
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Orion Publishing Co
2014-05-22
288
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This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us

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