It is the location of all our hopeful beginnings and intended ends; an institution with its own rituals and priests; and a long-neglected aspect of Britain's architecture: the railway station. Historian Simon Jenkins has traveled the length and breadth of Britain to select this joyous celebration of social history. With his usual insight and authority, he describes the history, geography, design, and significance of each of these glories; explores their role in the national imagination; champions the engineers, architects, and rival companies that made them possible; and tells the story behind the development, triumphs, and follies of these very British creations. From Waterloo to Whitby, St Pancras to Stirling, these are the marvelous, often undersung places that link the nation. All aboard!