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Review: Dangerous Days on the Victorian Railways

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I love the Victorian Era. It’s so incredibly fascinating to me! But a book about the history of TRAINS? I never thought I would read a book like this, but my love for Terry Deary is big enough for me to read it.

The Victorians risked more than just delays when boarding a steam train …Victorian inventors certainly didn’t lack steam, but while they squabbled over who deserved the title of ‘The Father of the Locomotive’ and enjoyed their fame and fortune, safety on the rails was not their priority. Brakes were seen as a needless luxury and boilers had an inconvenient tendency to overheat and explode, and in turn, blow up anyone in reach. Often recognised as having revolutionised travel and industrial Britain, Victorian railways were perilous. Disease, accidents and disasters accounted for thousands of deaths and many more injuries. While history has focused on the triumph of engineers, the victims of the Victorian railways had names, lives and families and they deserve to be remembered …

This was the last one I still had to read from the Dangerous Days series, because trains weren’t really a big interest for me. And that’s the problem with this book.
It was a great Terry Deary book, funny, I learned lots but because the subject matter wasn’t interesting. Honestly, I learned a lot, but I’m not sure I want to remember everything. So I don’t really know how to review it. I guess, all I can say is that if you like trains, or are way more into the Victorian era than me, this would be a great book for you! If you aren’t that interested in it, I think you can skip it. I am glad I read it, because I want to read all history books written by Terry Deary, but still…  It isn’t bad, but it’s just a really boring subject!

If you are interested in reading this, you can buy it here.

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