Author(s): Wheatley, Nicolas,
Date of Publication: 02/10/2020,
Pagination: 304 pages, 8 Plates, color; 17 Illustrations, color; 90 Illustrations, black and white,
Imprint: The History Press Ltd,
Published By: The History Press Ltd,
Book Classification: Trains & railways: general interest
This new history reveals the previously untold story of why and how trains have been used to transport the dead, enabling their burial in a place of significance to the bereaved.
Profusely illustrated with many images, some never previously published, Nicolas Wheatley's work details how the mainline railways carried out this important yet often hidden work from the Victorian age to the 1980s, as well as how ceremonial funeral transport continues on heritage railways today.
From royalty, aristocrats and other VIPs (including Sir Winston Churchill and the Unknown Warrior) to victims of accidents and ordinary people, Final Journey explores the way in which these people travelled for the last time by train before being laid to rest.