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Join railway and history nerds Simon & Ela as they delve into the social, political and technical history of the railways of Britain

Bonus Episode 1: Eric Geddes

August 26, 2021

Welcome to the first bonus episode of Rails to Nowhere where Simon and Ela are discusing the man behind the Railway Act 1921. Ordinarly a Patreon only feature this months bonus episode is coming to the public feed as well to give you a taste of what you can get as a thank you for joining our patreon.


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Research for this episode was carried out using a number of sources including parts of the National Railway Museum library collection. Below are the principle texts used to research this episode.



Acworth, W. M. 1920. Historical Sketch of State Railway Ownership. London: John Murry.

Bagwell, Philip, and Peter Lyth. 2002. Transport in Britain 1750-2000: From Canal Lock to Gridlock. London: Hambledon & London.

Barker, Theo, and Dorian Gerhold. 1993. The Rise and Rise of Road Transport, 1700-1990. London: Studies in Economic and Social History.

Bonavia, M. R., and T. C. Barker. 1978. Railway Policy Between the Wars. London: City of London Polytechnic.

Cline, Peter K. 1974. “Eric Geddes and the 'Experiment' with Businessmen in Government, 1915-1922.” In Essays in Anti-Labour History: Responses to the Rise of Labour in Britain, edited by Kenneth D. Brown, 74-104. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Emil Davies, A. 1908. The Nationalization of Railways. London: Adam and Charles Black.

Grieves, Keith. 1989. Sir Eric Geddes: Business and Government in War and Peace. Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Hylton, Stuart. 2016. What the Railways did for us. Stroud: Amberley.

Phillips, Christopher. Civilian Specialists at War: Britain's Transport Experts and the First World War. London, University of London Press, 2020.

Robbins, Michael. 1998. The Railway Age. Manchester: Manchester University Press.

Webb, Simon. 2016. Commutters: The History of a British Way of Life. Barnsley: Pen & Sword.