Continental Main Lines
- Continental Main Lines
- Today and Yesterday
- This title brings to mind some of the world's famous trains; the Mistral, the Orient Express, the Rheingold, the Blue Train. In this book O.S.Nock, writing from an experience of continental travel extending back nearly 30 years, tells of some of the routes most frequently used by British travellers through France, Holland, Switzerland, Germany, Italy and Austria. He discusses the trains of today (1963), their locomotives, carriages and working in comparison with those of former years, with many a vivid flashback to the turn of the century; to steam days on the alpine routes, to a nightmare run from Tarascon to Nimes, and to the days when travellers to Switzerland were glad enough of a swill under a tap on the open platform at Basle to wash off the effects of a long night journey.
- In taking us along these famous routes the author discusses signalling and operation in addition to locomotive practice, and he has more than a casual eye for the magnificent scenery that is the main reason for some of the stupendous feats of civil engineering he describes. The book is illustrated with 100 reproductions of photographs, interesting diagrams and a coloured frontispiece
- 1963, 210 pages, hardback with dust jacket, 5¾" x 8¾"
- George Allen & Unwin Ltd
- No ISBN
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