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|THE MOST IMPORTANT INVENTION OF THE SECOND MILLENIUM|
|Probably the most important invention of the Second Millenium was the railway. This was the first form of rapid mass communication and made possible all of the industrial and political changes of the 20th century which have brought the peoples of the world closer together.||For example, the then Argentine Ambassador to the UK, H.E. Mario Cámpora, at the launch of the book "British Railways in Argentina: 1860-1948" said that every child in Argentina is taught that the railways unified the country and that it was Britain which gave Argentina her railways.|
The railway as we know it today was invented in Britain in the early part of the nineteenth century and Britain exported railways and railway equipment to virtually every country in the World. Those railways brought economic growth and political stability to the countries in which they were built. Edwin Arnold in 1865 said, "Railways may do for India what dynasties have never done... they may make India a nation" and they did.
British engineers built many times more miles of railway and overcame
far greater civil engineering challenges abroad than here in Britain. Many
of the railways were owned and financed by British companies, not only
in the Empire, but elsewhere, especially in South America.
We lost most of this huge economic enterprise by the 1950's and have almost entirely forgotten it. A few firms continue to export equipment and our consulting engineers remain to the fore, but on nothing like the previous scale.
Since the 1960's, great efforts have been made to ensure the preservation of items of outstanding historical merit from our engineering and manufacturing industries. Although a great deal of energy has gone into preserving items built for home use, very little has been done to preserve some of our outstanding items for export and materials of a priceless nature are being lost.
The British Overseas Railways Historical Trust was formed in 1984 to bring this past aspect of Britain's greatness to the public attention as an example to present day engineers, industrialists and businessmen.
from a painting by Edwin Lambert
The Aims of the Trust
Argentine PS11 4-6-2 built by Armstrong Whitworth in 1930 (BORHT: H R Stones Collection)
All aspects of British overseas railways are covered, e.g. business history, engineering history, biography, equipment manufacturers and exporters, consultants, finance, politics. We also encourage modeling (primarily HO Scale).
The Trust's Achievements
|To date the Trust's achievements include:
Assistance with the recovery of the following major items:
Photo: © Mostyn Lewis
Some of the bigger archive collections include:
Photo © Dr Paul E Waters
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