Title: How The Railway Works
Author: Dan Harvey
Publisher: Ian Allan
Size: 192 pages, 23.4cm x 15.8cm
A clear and accessible guide to all the interconnecting facets of today's railway industry, showing how they all fit and work together to keep the railway in Britain operating smoothly
Aimed at the enthusiast rather than the professional, this accessible and readable guide provides an introduction to all the different components of today's railways and how they work together to keep the railway in Britain operating smoothly.
It covers a wide range of topics such as the franchising system, the role of the different TOCs, passenger and freight, other operators on the network, who owns the railway infrastructure and how that is managed, the role of the government, Network Rail and statutory organisations, regional bodies involved in the railways, the rolling stock leasing companies, how ticketing and timetabling is managed, what happens in the event of an accident, together with details of how the workforce is run and managed.
All those interested in Britain's railways today will find this book is an invaluable single volume to the what the various components of the railway system do and how they are integrated to make the system work as a whole.