Alfred Raworth's Electric Southern Railway (Pen & Sword)

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An illustrated biography of Alfred Raworth, once described as an 'electrification genius'. He was the engineer behind the electrification of the Southern network between 1923 and 1939. Raworth worked closely with the Southern Railway general managed, Sir Herbert Walker, who was the driving force behind the electrification.

The book examines the business case for the electrification of the railways and at the innovative engineering that led to the electrification being completed, despite occurring during a period of economic depression.

There are two main parts to the book; the first looking at how the electrification came to happen and at the challenges faced by the railway. The second is an illustrated survey of the Southern electric network, include a look at the history of the electrified lines since they were converted from steam power.

Illustrated throughout with archive black & white photographs, maps and diagrams. Hardback. 344 pages.

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