Author(s): Philip Marsh
The great story of the age of the train is told through a wealth of photographs and memorabilia from the collections of the UK's National Railway Museum in York. Covering the development of railway networks in America, Europe, Africa and Asia, epic rail journeys across continents and technological leaps, it is an enthralling ride through the history of the train from the Rocket to the Bullet. Over 200 photographs are complemented by 20 documents that are printed on the pages. Documents printed on the page include: South Eastern Railway's Illustrated Tourist Guide, 1887, including timetable and tourist information for those travelling between London and Paris; Orient Express poster and SNCF marketing material for the launch of the TGV in 1981 and its record-breaking run in 1990.
Philip Marsh joined Britain's railways in 1973 as a booking clerk and has worked on them continuously ever since. His many diverse roles range from planning at senior levels on the Channel Tunnel Rail link, the Royal Train and driving and firing steam locomotives on today's main line and preserved railways. He is the Chief Correspondent for the market leading Railway Magazine and can often be heard on the broadcast media commenting as a rail expert on railway matters.