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It could be argued that the great Western or 'Gods' Wonderful Railway' was for many years the most famous railway in England. Much of the railway that we see today was the work of one of the greatest engineers of his time, Isambard Kingdom Brunel. The company was also served by locomotive engineers such as Gooch, Armstrong, Churchward, Collett and Hawksworth, who produced a series of locomotives that were well designed, elegant and powerful.Serving many holiday resorts of the south west, with trains such as 'The Cornish Riviera Express,' the publicity department exploited to great effect that the 'Great Western' was the 'Holiday Line.' It is probably true to say that in the years before the Second World War the company was producing some of the most effective publicity material in England.Using previously unpublished material from the extensive 'Great Western Trust' collection at Didcot Railway Centre, the book illustrates in both black and white and color many facets that made the Great Western 'Great"
Author : Robin Jones
ISBN : 9781783461035
Genre : Transportation
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Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Three names. Three people in one. Born in Portsmouth on 9 April 1806, there was Brunel the great engineer, who would habitually throw out the rule book of tradition and established practice, and start again with a blank sheet of paper, taking the technology of the day to its limits and then going another mile.Then there was Brunel the visionary, who knew that transport technology had the power to change the world, and that he had the ability to deliver those changes. Finally, there was Brunel the artist who rarely saw technology as just functional, and strove to entwine the fruits of the Industrial Revolution with the elegance and grace of the neo-classical painter. His bridges, tunnels and railway infrastructure have entered a third century of regular use, and the beauty of their design and structure has rarely been equalled. The three decades, from the 1830s to the 1850s, saw an explosion of technical excellence, and it was Brunel who in so many cases lit the blue touch paper. He did not always get it right first time, and it was left to others to reap the fruits of his many labours. Nevertheless, his actions fast-forwarded the march of progress by several decades.
You have probably heard, either as an expression or as a title, of 'The Big Society' Although ideas of what this means range from 'don't know' to the better informed who might say 'it depends on who you are speaking to.' Here the author sets down his memories of being involved in a project during the years of the Thatcher Administration. Reportedly the Prime Minister was quite pleased that this piece of the Big Society did achieve much that was desirable. The Thatcher Era had seen the demise of much of manufacturing industry, and this is when people seconded from industry and businesses alighted on local communities to help in the difficult economic and social circumstances. This was indeed part of The Big Society in action. So "e;WITH or Without PERMISSION"e; is about what it meant to be such a secondee at this time, and also provides some historic detail for this period of national upheaval. Seconded Managers and Executives found themselves in situations which they could not have possibly foreseen. As for example, if the author had been told that he would have to write a proposal covering the theatrical side of a major historical re-enactment, he would probably have said, 'Don't be daft.' The secondees had the nominal, but detached, support of the Prime Minister, and later HRH The Prince of Wales, but how they were to succeed, or fail, would be down to the individual. Whatever the impediments, or the opportunities to improve a situation, they would live with the consequences of their own decision making.