By Jane Ann Turzillo
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The British railway community was once a monument to Victorian deepest firm. Its masterpieces of civil engineering have been emulated all over the world. yet its functionality used to be 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 process written from a latest monetary point of view.
To arrive the Port of Houston's Turning Basin, a boat needs to go back and forth 50 miles alongside a slim and twisting channel that passes via Galveston Bay, the San Jacinto River, and Buffalo Bayou. regardless of this unbelievable situation, Houston has the world's biggest landlocked port. Measured by means 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 advantages. within the center East, railways have been no less significant and the Ottoman Empire’s Hejaz Railway used to be the 1st nice commercial undertaking of the twentieth century.
This richly accomplished historical past by means of a self-proclaimed "low-brow" historian positive factors greater than a hundred pictures and modern prints of America's railway process. Stewart H. Holbrook offers a dramatic, hugely readable chronicle of the improvement of the spine of the country's trade and undefined.
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