Description : Central to the prompt delivery of the nation's mail is its efficient transit throughout the country. From 1830, the Post Office relied increasingly on the overland rail network to achieve this, with Railway Post Offices, Sunday Sorting Tenders and District Sorting Carriages among the services introduced. More important lines carried the famous 'Night Mail' carriages, rarely seen by the public, other than those seeking out the late-night facility of posting directly into the side of a mail train. All these were supplemented by additional services enabling even rural locations to enjoy a 'next day' service only dreamed of in the age of the mail coach. This book provides a history of the overland carriage of mail by rail, from draughty and poorly lit sorting carriages in 1838 through to the purposeful late-twentieth-century 'Ladies in Red'.
Description : Mail Order Bride: Maggie Falls Off A Train: A woman goes from England to America to get a business degree in NYC so she can help her father, then westward to try for the healing powers in the California sunshine; and when she arrives her mail order bride status is thrust upon her suddenly. Mail Order Bride: Salisa On The Stagecoach, is all about a young cowboy who passes by a stagecoach on its way into town and sees a group of ragamuffin kids, plus a young woman with a pair of the most startling blue eyes he’s ever seen. When he gets back into town he cannot find her anywhere, gives up, and decides to place an ad for a mail order bride. After receiving a letter from a woman through his ad, he still cannot give up on those blue eyes, but he continues with arranging for the mail order bride. Soon brought into the story is a corrupt mayor who likes to sell attractive young women to boost his campaign funds, the same group of orphans that the young man saw on the stagecoach, and one father’s last wish.
Description : Shout and we'll kill you! Threats and violence were part of the Great Train Robbery of 1963. Its loot was, at that time, the largest amount of cash ever stolen in Britain. The Crime of the Century seemed to be perfectly planned and executed, but police aimed to show that they'd find those involved and bring them to justice. Would they succeed or would the daring criminals involved in the crime escape with the cash?
Description : In the 1830s, The United States underwent a second revolution. The opening of the Baltimore & Ohio line, the first American railroad, set in motion a process which, by the end of the century, would enmesh the vast country in a latticework of railroad lines, small-town stations and magisterial termini, built and controlled the biggest corporations in America. By the middle of the twentieth century, however, as the automobile and the aeroplane came to dominate American journey-making, the historic importance of the railroads began to be erased from America's hearts and minds. In The Great Railway Revolution, Christian Wolmar tells us the extraordinary one-hundred-and-eighty-year story of the rise, fall and ultimate shattering of the greatest of all American endeavours, of technological triumph and human tragedy, of visionary pioneers and venal and rapacious railway barons. He also argues that while America has largely disowned this heritage, now is the time to celebrate, reclaim and reinstate it. The growth of the US railroads was much more than just a revolution in mode, speed and convenience. They united the far-flung components of a vast and disparate country and supercharged the economic development that fuelled its rise to world-power status. America was created by its railroads and the massive expansion of trade, industry and freedom of communication that they engendered came to be an integral part of the American dream itself.
Description : Traces the development of trains from steam engines to diesel locomotives and recreates an overnight trip on a Pullman sleeper during the 1930's.