Description : The opening of the pioneering Liverpool and Manchester Railway in 1830 marked the beginning of the railways' vital role in changing the face of Britain. Fire and Steam celebrates the vision and determination of the ambitious Victorian pioneers who developed this revolutionary transport system and the navvies who cut through the land to enable a country-wide network to emerge. From the early days of steam to electrification, via the railways' magnificent contribution in two world wars, the chequered history of British Rail, and the buoyant future of the train, Fire and Steam examines the social and economical importance of the railway and how it helped to form the Britain of today.
Description : Over 100 rare illustrations depict more than 70 antique fire engines with steam-powered pumps - from the very first one, built in 1829, to the end of the 19th century. Include the Braithwaite's 'Comet'; the Manhattan No. 8 of New York City; the Hurricane No. 13 of Philadelpia; the Northern Liberty, No. 8, of Bosto; more.
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