Stations in the World
by Mikio Miura and Sugie Hiroshi
This photographic essay with Japanese text features images of the world's most famous stations, including Grand Central in New York, Amsterdam Centraal and London St Pancras. Reflecting the authors' wide-ranging travels, the book has pictures of Phnom Penh in Cambodia, Pyongyang in North Korea and Qom in Iran. Among curiosities featured is the Welsh station named Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, famous for its nameboard.
¥1700 plus postage and tax from
JTB Shuppan Hanbai Inc, JTB Building, 7F, 2-3-11, Higashi Shinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo, Japan.
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British Rail 1974-97 - From Integration to Privatisation
by Terry Gourvish
This scholarly work commissioned by the BR Board complements an earlier volume covering the nationalised railway's first 26 years. Based on official archives and interviews with key players, it charts BR's history in terms of organisational changes and statistics, and provides a keen insight into the impact of political pressures and external market forces. Particularly valuable is the record of success in the 1980s, when business sector management really took effect, even though the enforced break-up in the 1990s brought some unfortunate consequences. ISBN01992 50057
£50 from Oxford University Press, Great Clarendon Street, Oxford OX2 6DP, UK.
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Staying on Track
by Graham Zeitlin
During a career that was mainly in rail freight, the author was deeply involved in the privatisation of British Rail - which he calls 'a tale of dithering, incompetence and conniving.' Much of his experience has been with the development of the intermodal services now provided by Freightliner. His graphic description of the underlying problems that beset the fragmented international rail freight network in Europe are highly relevant today. He tells how the Railway Usage Contract for the Channel Tunnel burdened freight and passenger operators with impossibly high costs that have stunted growth ever since.
£14·95 from Scotforth Books, Caregie House, Chatsworth Road, Lancaster LA1 4SL, UK.
Fax: +44 1524 840222