Title: History of Russian Railways. First Edition hardcover in dustjacket.
Publisher:  George Allen and Unwin, London, 1964,
Seller ID: 113479
WESTWOOD, J.N. A History of Russian Railways. London : George Allen and Unwin Ltd, (1964). First Printing. Pp. (6),-326,(2), + 16 p. of black and white photo plates, including many line drawing illustrations to text. 8vo, green cloth with pressed decorations to front board, gilt lettered red title block to spine, top edge dyed green. Westwood was a lecturer at McGill University at the time of publication. "This is a history of the Russian railways from the first mine tramways to the early nineteen-sixties. Emphasis is on the economic and technical aspects, but the interaction between the railways and Russia's particular political, social, and geographical circumstances is also described. The most interesting technical problems of the Russian railways concerned the choice of gauge, the difficulties, experienced both by foreign and Russian engineers, of building and operating railways in unfavourable terrain and climate, and the design of locomotives and equipment to suit Russian conditions. Economic questions included the promotion and financing of railway construction; the relative merits of private and state railways; the traffic carried; tariff policies; the establishment of arailway equipment industry; and the co-ordination of different forms of tr ansport. In contrast to the American railways, about which numerous books have been written, neither in Russian nor in English has there been published a comprehensive history of Russian railway development. Yet the railways played as important a part in Russian history as they did in the U.S.A. Thelack of information on the subject may explain why the significance of rai lways in Russian history is frequently overlooked; the role of Russia's Warsaw-Vienna Railway in the 1848 rebellion; the sale of Alaska to finance therailways; the part of rail transport in developing Asiatic Russia; the rai lways' inability to sustain the army in the Great War, and Hitler's disappointed hopes of a similar failure in the Second World War." - from the dustjacket. Contents: I. The Railway Age Begins: Pre-railway transport in Russia-- The first railways -- The Tsarskoye Selo Railway -- The Warsaw-Vienna R ailway -- Proposals for a St. Peterseburg-Moscow Railway -- The Russian railway gauge -- Construction of the St. Petersburg-Moscow Railway -- The Nikolaev Railway in operation -- Other railway proposals -- The main company --Other railways -- The Moscow-Yaroslavl Railway -- The railways in the mid- sixties -- Westerners and Slavophils -- Security on the railways -- Locomotives and equipment -- Domestic equipment production -- Train services. II. The Boom Years, 1866-99: Railway construction -- Railway promotion and financing -- The railway kinds -- Prviate railways and state -- Traffic -- Profit and loss -- The Baranov Commission -- Tariffs -- Operation -- Passenger services -- Railway equipment production -- Locomotive and rolling stock policy -- The South Western Railway. III. Railways into Asia: The need for a Siberian railway -- Proposals for a Trans-Siberian railway -- The Ussuri Railway -- The Western Siberian Railway -- The Central Siberian Railway -- The Baikal ferry -- The Trans-Baikal Railway -- The Chinese Eastern Railway -- The Amur Railway -- The Tyumen-Omsk line -- Trans-Siberian Railway traffic -- Technical standards and equipment -- Trans-Siberian train service -- Passenger tariffs -- The significance of the Trans-Siberian -- The Trans-Caspian Railway -- Other railways in Central Asia. IV. The Early Twentieth Century: Railway operations -- Profit and loss -- Traffic -- Railway construction -- Ownership and control -- Tariff policy -- Passenger services -- The physical condition of the railways -- The cartelization of the railway supply industry -- Labour -- Corruption. V. Seven Years of War: Railway mobilization -- The railway battalions -- The railways in the Great War -- The Civil War -- Railway traffic during the Civil War -- Railway organization after 1917 -- Railway operations, 1917-21 -- The railways' physical condition -- The Trans-Siberian during the Civil War. VI. Restoration: The New Economic Policy -- Restoration -- Traffic -- Operations -- Passenger services -- The fuel crisis -- Wages and productivity -- Theft -- Organization and administration -- Tariff policy -- Planning -- New railway construction -- Locomotives and rolling stock -- Electric and diesel traction. VII. The Five-Year Plans, 1928-59: Traffic -- Railway operations after 1928 -- Predel'-shchiki and novatory -- The war -- New railway construction -- The technical condition of the railways -- Organization -- Planning -- Finance and 'khozraschet' -- Tariff policy -- Passenger services -- Labour -- Locomotive manning -- Electrification and dieselization -- Railway equipment industry -- Locomotive policy. VIII. Co-ordination of Transport: Competition and co-ordination -- Transport co-ordination in the USSR -- Soviet waterway policy -- Ocean shipping -- Road transport -- Pipelines and the co-ordination of fuel transport -- Co-ordination of passenger services -- Transport co-ordination in the Ukraine. With bibliography and index. Very good in lightly rubbed, nicked, unclipped dustjacket. 85.00