The Arrival of the Railways in Reading

Richard Marks

South East
Notice Period:
Short (maybe less than one month's notice)
Paid: £60 plus travel @45p per mile up to 30 miles from Reading
22nd June 2022
Railway History | Victorian History | Brunel

The Great Western Railway reached Reading in 1840 as it created its line between Bristol and London. In this talk we look at how Brunel’s original station worked and how the Railway company expanded westwards. Learn how the railway impacted local businesses and the experiences of the owners and occupiers of property compared to another town on the Great Western Line – Bath. We will also look at how competition between the Great Western, South Eastern and London and South Western Railways at Reading benefited the town.

This talk appeals to all audiences and is about more than just the trains! I can add a section on other towns in Berkshire, please contact me to discuss.

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About Richard Marks

I am a published historian based in Berkshire who specialises in industrial and railway history and the history of science. My current areas of research are the aircraft and systems of the RAF, industrial development in the Victorian period, and the development of the railway and canal systems in Britain in the mid to late 19th Century. I am currently researching a PhD in economic history and am a tutor with the WEA.

My talks appeal to a broad range of audiences and sizes of groups. I’m happy to adapt the length and format for your requirements. My aim is to educate and entertain, leaving the audience with a new perspective and wanting to learn more.

A 20 year career in technology, working with British and international manufacturing companies has given me a unique perspective as an historian.

Feedback from previous talks: "Richard had clearly done a massive amount of research and preparation. He is an excellent presenter very knowledgeable and engaging speaker. It was informative and thought provoking."

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