Britains Lost Railways: The Twentieth Century Destruction of Our Finest Railway Architecture John Minnis

ISBN: 9781845134501

Published: November 1st 2011

Hardcover

192 pages


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Britains Lost Railways: The Twentieth Century Destruction of Our Finest Railway Architecture  by  John Minnis

Britains Lost Railways: The Twentieth Century Destruction of Our Finest Railway Architecture by John Minnis
November 1st 2011 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 192 pages | ISBN: 9781845134501 | 4.45 Mb

A striking photographic record of how industry cuts and modernization saw Britains grand terminal stations, soaring viaducts, and cavernous locomotive works wiped from the landscapeFilled with fascinating and often rare imagse, this collection documents the remarkably rich architectural heritage of British railways, from quaint country halts to distinguished railway hotels—all of which exists now only in photographs.

Who would know that the ugly, low concrete bunker of Birmingham New Street station replaced a handsome glass-roofed train shed, that until the 1960s the stupendously high Belah viaduct swept across a remote Cumbrian valley, that the outlet mall in Swindon selling cheap designer clothing used to be the great GWR locomotive works, or that on little bucolic branch lines in the West Country or Essex an old bus body was the waiting-room? The current restoration of St Pancras Station and its Midland Hotel is a glorious exception to a melancholy rule—that the finer the railway architecture, the more likely it was to be demolished in the name of progress.



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