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Trainland : how railways made New Zealand

Author: Neill Atkinson
Publisher: Auckland, N.Z. : Random House, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Railways have played a central role in New Zealand politics, economics, trade union history, tourism and popular culture. Yet rail history has been largely neglected by professional historians. While the field has long been popular with enthusiasts, they have tended to focus on locomotive and rolling stock minutiae, engineering feats and so on, and have paid little attention to social and cultural aspects. This book  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Neill Atkinson
ISBN: 9781869419059 1869419057 9781869419370 1869419375
OCLC Number: 174060648
Description: 251 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
1. The railmaking State --
2. Business and pleasure --
3. Exploring New Zealand --
4. Citizens of Trainland --
5. The long train journey.
Responsibility: Neill Atkinson.
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Railways have played a central role in New Zealand politics, economics, trade union history, tourism and popular culture. Yet rail history has been largely neglected by professional historians. While the field has long been popular with enthusiasts, they have tended to focus on locomotive and rolling stock minutiae, engineering feats and so on, and have paid little attention to social and cultural aspects. This book includes a brief outline of the development of rail in NZ; and looks at who uses the trains and why; daily life on and off the rails; the train in popular culture and the collective memory.

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