Rail Freight in the 21st Century (Amberley)

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Freight operations on Britain’s rail network have changed enormously in the last two decades. In Rail Freight in the 21st Century author and photographer Paul D. Shannon surveys the changes in the rail freight scene in Britain since the year 2000.

An array of colour photographs show the different freight operating companies in this period, illustrating the wide range of traction used and the assortment of wagons to be seen. Views include the terminals, both sea ports and inland. A variety of goods have been carried throughout this period, from aggregates and cement for the construction industry, including china clay, gypsum, potash, minerals and waste, to metals and energy materials such as coal, nuclear and biomass. Intermodal freight carrying containers are also important, and other logistical freight operations include mail and parcels. Although the wagonload network has declined during this period, loads such as timber continue and also niche markets such as bottled water. 177 colour photographs. 96 pages.

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