By Graham Goodchild
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The British railway community used to be a monument to Victorian deepest company. Its masterpieces of civil engineering have been emulated world wide. yet its functionality was once debatable: praised for selling a excessive density of traces, it was once additionally criticised for wasteful duplication of routes. this is often the 1st historical past of the British railway approach written from a contemporary financial point of view.
To arrive the Port of Houston's Turning Basin, a boat needs to trip 50 miles alongside a slim and twisting channel that passes via Galveston Bay, the San Jacinto River, and Buffalo Bayou. regardless of this unbelievable position, Houston has the world's biggest landlocked port. Measured by way of annual tonnage shipped, the Port of Houston is the second-largest port within the usa.
Railway enlargement used to be symbolic of modernization within the past due nineteenth century, and Britain, Germany and France equipped railways at huge, immense velocity and reaped nice advertisement merits. within the heart East, railways have been no less significant and the Ottoman Empire’s Hejaz Railway used to be the 1st nice business undertaking of the twentieth century.
This richly accomplished background through a self-proclaimed "low-brow" historian positive aspects greater than a hundred pictures and modern prints of America's railway procedure. Stewart H. Holbrook provides a dramatic, hugely readable chronicle of the advance of the spine of the country's trade and undefined.
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