Saturday, 20 August 2011

TNA podcast: Time travel: a journey through the timetables of the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway 1860-1901

Dr Tony Wakeford, a historical geographer, Open University lecturer and magazine editor for the Friends of The National Archives speaks on the influences of train transportation on social development. With the rapidity of train travel came the imperative of time and other standardizations necessary for operation of a geographically large-scale enterprise. It facilitated the development of commuting and trade.

Focus is on the line along the Sussex coast where public timetables developed from informational, to promotional to encourage holiday and recreational travel, and on service timetables for the use of employees which included information on goods trains as well as passenger trains.

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