EP028 BROTHER CAN YOU SPARE A DIME? RAILWAY MANIA AND SOCIAL CHANGES

EP028 BROTHER CAN YOU SPARE A DIME? RAILWAY MANIA AND SOCIAL CHANGES is here to count the cost of progress. As railways make men staggeringly rich, people start to fly too close to the sun and get their wings singed. Or fall prey to predators, like George Hudson, the Railway King. This episode covers

  • Reviews, thank you’s and some podcast recommendations

  • Railways; bringing a potential bonanza.

  • The profits of the first line, and tragedy.

  • The cost of doing business; political bribery.

  • A growing mania.

  • Boom time turns bust.

  • George Hudson – rise and fall of the first Great Railway Baron.

  • The end of the mania, and a new normal.

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2 comments on “EP028 BROTHER CAN YOU SPARE A DIME? RAILWAY MANIA AND SOCIAL CHANGES

  1. Teun says:

    Hello Chris,

    Greetings from the Netherlands (Yes, not Holland ;)) An absolutely lovely episode again. I loved the fitting background music when you were talking about the ‘Railway King’. I had no idea that I was interested in the victorian age before starting you podcast! I am getting close to being caught up to the latest episode and I am dreading the day it happens. Who else will entertain me during my morning cup of coffee. I do want to mention that you made a slight mistake in this episode (ep28) that I cannot get past as biologist. You said that in most journals you will find that it was P. Infestans that caused the potato blight but that it actually was HERB-1. However, HERB-1 is a P. Infestans but just a specific strain. Just like all coronavirus variants are still just SARS-CoV-2. It sounds nitpicky, i know, but I also know you strive for providing the best information possible. Now I am going to continue with episode 28 and finish my coffee so i can get to work. Keep up the good work and stay healthy.

    1. Hi Teun

      Thanks for the comment. I am so glad I brighten up a morning coffee, and I really appreciate the comment. It is always great to introduce new people to the Victorian era; understanding it is essential to understanding the modern world. I’ll happily pop your correction into my Christmas special too.

      Have a great day and a great coffee.

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