Isambard Kingdom Brunel was the greatest
Victorian engineer, some might say one of the
world’s greatest of all time.
Today Isambard Kingdom Brunel is perhaps
best known for the creation of the Great
Western Railway, nicknamed ‘God’s Wonderful
Railway’, which in 2010 celebrates its
175th anniversary, but he also pioneered the
SS Great Britain, the first propeller-driven
transatlantic steamship, as well as numerous
important bridges and tunnels. His designs
revolutionised transport engineering, but
without the utilitarianism of many of his
Much of Brunel’s work combined the
grace and elegance of classical art with
modern technological thinking, which he
pushed to the boundaries of what was
possible in his day and then often went a
further mile – mostly, but not always, with
startling and resounding success.
In Halsgrove’s pocket-sized hardback
series of great lives, renowned railway
specialist Robin Jones re-tells the inspiring
story of Brunel, engineer extraordinaire.
A graduate of the University of Central
England, Robin Jones, founding editor of
Heritage Railway magazine, was a news
editor and chief investigative reporter
at the Birmingham Evening Mail, and
over the years has produced several
books and special publications, along
with historical features for numerous
other newspapers and periodicals.
He has been interested in railways
from a very early age, when his elder
brother Stewart took him trainspotting
at Widney Manor station in Solihull at
the age of four, at the end of the
British Railways steam age.
Imprin PiXZ Books. ISBN 978 1 906887 75 9, hardback, 110x155mm, 64 pages. Published May 2010. Reprinted June 2015.