Isambard Kingdom Brunel gave Reading an inconvenient station with but a single platform; after four major rebuilds it now has 15. This book documents 175 years of growth; the proliferation of branches and connections; the ‘railway mania’ of the 1840s; the ‘battle of the gauges’; competition between the Great Western, South Western and South Eastern lines; increasing speeds; and the current transformation to a safe, flexible and efficient interchange. It looks forward to electrification and the possibility of through trains to Heathrow, the City, Essex, North Kent, and even mainland Europe.
About the author: For much of his 35 years in Reading Adam Sowan has been part of an informal network of people who seek to demonstrate that the town is not just Anywhere: it has its own identity, history, life and culture. This, along with a lifelong interest in words and places, has led him to write a series of books on aspects of the town. He is an activist in Reading Civic Society.
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