Isambard's Kingdom : Travels in Brunel's England, Paperback

Isambard's Kingdom : Travels in Brunel's England Paperback


Not known for his modesty, Isambard Kingdom Brunel described 'his' Great Western Railway as 'England's finest work'.

Despite Dr Beeching's axe, much of the original line and branches, the magnificent bridges and tunnels, stations and viaducts remain intact and in use more than a century later.

But has Brunel's boast stood the test of time? Narrowly pipped (by Winston Churchill) to the title of 'Greatest Briton' in a BBC TV poll in 2002, the great engineer clearly still occupies a special place in people's hearts and minds.

Dozens, possibly hundreds, of streets and shopping malls, pubs and car parks, open spaces and public buildings - a university, a major new hospital, and even an entire forest - bear the name of Brunel or the Great Western.

To mark the bicentenary of Brunel's birth, writer, Judy Jones has walked more than 500 miles from Paddington to Penzance to explore the legacy of the Victorian railway revolution, and the wider achievements of one of the world's greatest engineers.




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