The majestic architecture of nineteenth and early twentieth-century railway buildings reflected the pride of the railway companies who commissioned them. The structures themselves, from classically designed stations to mighty viaducts, tunnels and bridges, inspired awe in a traveling public receptive to the splendor of a new kind of transport that was changing their lives.
Today, helped along by the popularity of preserved steam railways, these wonderful examples of railway architecture are widely appreciated for their beauty and the role they played in our social and industrial past.
In this highly illustrated book, filled with his own photographs and detailed drawings, Trevor Yorke describes the huge range of buildings associated with the golden age of steam, including waiting rooms, booking halls, stations large and small, and hotels. He explains the dynamics of their construction, the materials used and the myriad of styles employed by leading architects and engineers of the day.
About the Author
Trevor Yorke is an experienced author and artist who specialises in period architecture. His many books include British Architectural Styles, Georgian & Regency Houses Explained, and The English Village Explained
Table of ContentsContents
SECTION 1 - ARCHITECTURE AND ENGINEERING
The Railway Age
Brick, Iron and Steel
SECTION 2 - THE STATION
Train Sheds and Awnings
The Booking Hall and Waiting Rooms
Hotels and Housing
Signal Boxes, Engine and Goods Sheds
SECTION 3 - ALONG THE LINE
Places to Visit