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

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

byTerry Deary

Kobo ebook | May 22, 2014

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The Victorians risked more than just delays when boarding a steam train . . .

Victorian inventors certainly didn't lack steam, but while they squabbled over who deserved the title of 'The Father of the Locomotive' and enjoyed their fame and fortune, safety on the rails was not their priority. Brakes were seen as a needless luxury and boilers had an inconvenient tendency to overheat and explode, and in turn, blow up anyone in reach.

Often recognised as having revolutionised travel and industrial Britain, Victorian railways were perilous. Disease, accidents and disasters accounted for thousands of deaths and many more injuries. While history has focused on the triumph of engineers, the victims of the Victorian railways had names, lives and families and they deserve to be remembered . . .

Title:Dangerous Days on the Victorian Railways: Feuds, Frauds, Robberies and RiotsFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:May 22, 2014Publisher:ORION PUBLISHING GROUPLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0297870599

ISBN - 13:9780297870593

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Perils of Victorian Railways I bought this book in order to get a humorous twist on Victorian England, i.e., I was looking for laughs more than information. Well, I did get a few. This book, as per its title, covers the development of railroads in Victorian England. As in the case of his earlier book, Dangerous Days in the Roman Empire, the author has presented his topic mainly through brief historical/biographical snippets, various details listed in bullet form, brief timelines and various other odd bits of information as well as quotations by various individuals throughout history. But since there are many popular as well as scholarly works on this topic, I believe that the key factor here is humour. And there may be much of it, depending on a reader’s preference. I found some of the humour to be funny, some of it rather corny and some of it even childish. But perception here is based on individual taste – some may find themselves in tears of one sort or another throughout the book. I must admit that a few of the situation descriptions did make me laugh heartily. Finally, and annoyingly, there are a great many footnotes at the bottom of a great many pages; most of these contain much of the book’s humour. I found these many footnotes to be rather distracting. I suspect that the readers who would enjoy the book the most are those simply seeking light humour as well as those who know very little about Victorian railways and would like to learn more about them but in a most painless way (unless, of course, they really dislike the author’s humour).
Date published: 2015-05-02