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Christian Wolmar

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Christian Wolmar, "British Rail: A New History" (Michael Joseph, 2022)

New Books in Science, Technology, and Society

You think you know British Rail. But you don't know the whole story. Now, award-winning writer Christian Wolmar provides a new perspective on national loss in a time of privatisation in British Rail: A New History (Michael Joseph, 2022).From its creation after the Second World War, through its fifty-year lifetime, British Rail was an innovative powerhouse that transformed our transport system. Uniting disparate lines into a highly competent organisation - heralding 'The Age of the Train' - and, for a time, providing one of the fastest regular rail services in the world.Born into post-war austerity, traumatised, impoverished and exploited by a hostile press, the state-owned railway was dismissed as a dinosaur unable to evolve, and swept away by a government hellbent on selling it off.This interview was conducted by Dr. Miranda Melcher whose doctoral work focused on post-conflict military integration, understanding treaty negotiation and implementation in civil war contexts, with qualitative analysis of the Angolan and Mozambican civil wars. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/science-technology-and-society

49mins

11 Aug 2022

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Christian Wolmar, "British Rail: A New History" (Michael Joseph, 2022)

New Books in Technology

You think you know British Rail. But you don't know the whole story. Now, award-winning writer Christian Wolmar provides a new perspective on national loss in a time of privatisation in British Rail: A New History (Michael Joseph, 2022).From its creation after the Second World War, through its fifty-year lifetime, British Rail was an innovative powerhouse that transformed our transport system. Uniting disparate lines into a highly competent organisation - heralding 'The Age of the Train' - and, for a time, providing one of the fastest regular rail services in the world.Born into post-war austerity, traumatised, impoverished and exploited by a hostile press, the state-owned railway was dismissed as a dinosaur unable to evolve, and swept away by a government hellbent on selling it off.This interview was conducted by Dr. Miranda Melcher whose doctoral work focused on post-conflict military integration, understanding treaty negotiation and implementation in civil war contexts, with qualitative analysis of the Angolan and Mozambican civil wars. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/technology

49mins

11 Aug 2022

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Christian Wolmar, "British Rail: A New History" (Michael Joseph, 2022)

New Books in History

You think you know British Rail. But you don't know the whole story. Now, award-winning writer Christian Wolmar provides a new perspective on national loss in a time of privatisation in British Rail: A New History (Michael Joseph, 2022).From its creation after the Second World War, through its fifty-year lifetime, British Rail was an innovative powerhouse that transformed our transport system. Uniting disparate lines into a highly competent organisation - heralding 'The Age of the Train' - and, for a time, providing one of the fastest regular rail services in the world.Born into post-war austerity, traumatised, impoverished and exploited by a hostile press, the state-owned railway was dismissed as a dinosaur unable to evolve, and swept away by a government hellbent on selling it off.This interview was conducted by Dr. Miranda Melcher whose doctoral work focused on post-conflict military integration, understanding treaty negotiation and implementation in civil war contexts, with qualitative analysis of the Angolan and Mozambican civil wars. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/history

49mins

11 Aug 2022

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Chapter 183 : Christian Wolmar

Iain Dale’s Book Club

Iain Dale talks to transport expert Christian Wolmar about his new book BRITISH RAIL: A NEW HISTORY.

42mins

22 Jul 2022

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Life Goals with Theo Delaney - Christian Wolmar (Part 2)

Life Goals with Theo Delaney

The concluding part of Theo Delaney’s conversation with the journalist, author and QPR fan Christian Wolmar a leading authority on transport and, in particular, railways. As well as goals from the likes of Bobby Zamora and Adel Taarabt, we get his expert views on HS2, Crossrail and driverless cars. @christianwolmar@LifeGoalsTD @theodelaneyhttps://www.christianwolmar.co.ukhttps://www.theodelaney.com/life-goalshttps://www.11-29media.com/life-goals

49mins

22 Mar 2022

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Life Goals with Theo Delaney - Christian Wolmar (Part 1)

Life Goals with Theo Delaney

Theo Delaney is joined by journalist and author Christian Wolmar whose specialism is railways about which he has written numerous books and articles for a range of revered publications. He has also been a politician and a football reporter and he is a huge QPR fan. Among the scorers in this, part one of two, are Rodney Marsh and Trevor Sinclair.@christianwolmar@LifeGoalsTD @theodelaneyhttps://www.christianwolmar.co.ukhttps://www.theodelaney.com/life-goalshttps://www.11-29media.com/life-goals

41mins

21 Mar 2022

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55: Lunch with Leon episode 55 - Christian Wolmar

Lunch with Leon

This week sees Leon sitting down for lunch with Christian Wolmar - a noted railway historian who has appeared on TV, Radio, and is a celebrated author to name just a handful of his accolades and achievements. In this episode, Leon talks to Christian about his latest book release on Crossrail and its inner operational workings - introducing the motivation behind the book and just some of the projects and releases which are explored in the pages. If you've ever wondered about the £19 billion project to revolutionise the railway in the United Kingdom, this is a great listen for you.

39mins

24 Feb 2022

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Kick Over The Statues? Steve Gribbin with Christian Wolmar: From Metroland to Uzbekistan Via The Trans-Siberian Railway

Kick Over The Statues?

Lover of statues Steve Gribbin talks to author, politician, cycling activist, journalist, broadcaster and Britain's foremost writer on Railways, the wonderful Christian Wolmar. As you would expect from such an erudite and engaging guest, this is a wide-ranging episode full of wit and passion and informed by Christian Wolmar's love for, and inexhaustible knowledge of, the Railways. This is an extra bumper edition taking in everything from the 1907 Brown Dog Riots in Trafalgar Square, the lost Arch of Euston Station, Victorian Gothic Architecture, St Pancras, Sir John Betjeman, Metroland, the origins of suburbia, the glorious pastime of trainspotting and "copping some numbers", and the glory of the modern London Bridge station. We also discuss the Kindertransport statue by Frank Meisler at Liverpool Street Station, Nicholas Winton, Phillip Larkin, Pacer 141s and the undermining of the Iranian Government and the statue called The Plumber's Apprentice by Martin Jennings at Cannon Street Station, voiced by an actual apprentice plumber!   We also talk about Paul Day's controversial sculpture at St Pancras The Meeting Place, which everyone calls The Kiss, which leads us via Brief Encounter ion to a discussion of the Romance (or lack thereof) of Rail Travel, Uzbekistan, Islam Karimov and the flawed concept of Heroism. Oh, and a Giant Head of Lenin. We finally finish on Bridget Driscoll, the first person on the world to be killed by a  internal combustion engine car, Mary Ward, the first person in the world to be killed by a steam driven car, War Memorials, Peter Jackson's "They Shall Not Grow Old", the American Civil War, Confederate spies in Crosby and Robert Stephenson. This is a whirlwind tour full of insights and poignant moments and the absurdity of human existence. And Bus Replacement Services!

49mins

19 Feb 2021

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Iain Dale All Talk

Iain talks to transport journalist and activist Christian Wolmar about his journalism, influences and career, and his campaign to be Mayor of London in 2016, during which he and Christian had a falling out.

1hr 3mins

11 Nov 2020

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Self-Driving Cars Tempering the Hype, Evaluating the Problems—Christian Wolmar—Transport Policy Pundit and Author

Finding Genius Podcast

Media coverage on the prospect of self-driving cars leading the future of transportation has been almost entirely positive, highlighting the potential benefits and avoiding discussion of the numerous questions that remain. At first, Christian Wolmar, a pundit and author who’s been an authoritative source on transport matters for over 25 years, swallowed the hype surrounding this new form of technology. But he didn’t have to look too closely to realize that the hype was undue, with too many technical and social objections to ignore. On today’s episode, he delivers an overview of the many concerns with driverless cars, and the many challenges that would need to be overcome in order to realistically and safely consider a future in which they are the primary means of transportation. Tune in for an important and informative conversation on this emerging form of technology that’s generating excitement, fear, and uncertainty. Visit http://www.christianwolmar.co.uk/ to read all of Wolmar’s recent articles.

37mins

21 May 2019

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