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British Diesel and Electric Locomotives Abroad (Hardback)

A Second Life Overseas

British History Transport Photographic Books Colour Books Trains and Railways

By Anthony Sayer
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
Pages: 288
Illustrations: 200
ISBN: 9781526744692
Published: 6th November 2019


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This book was originally envisaged as a purely photographic overview of those British main-line diesel and electric locomotives which managed to find further useful employment across Europe after completion of their careers in the United Kingdom. However, such was the quantity of information collected regarding these exported locomotives and their operational deployment over the past twenty years that the scope of the book was expanded to incorporate both the factual and the pictorial into a detailed history of these locomotives. The geographical use of the locomotives is surprisingly extensive including France, the Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Kosovo, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Croatia in the twenty years since 1998.

A significant amount of exclusive factual information and over 200 previously unpublished photographs combine to provide a comprehensive insight into the British locomotives now finding a second life overseas, including coverage of Class 37, 56 and 58 locomotives on high-speed line construction work in France, Class 37 mishaps in Spain, Class 86s on their day of arrival in Bulgaria, and various types of a.c. electric locomotives in their new "natural habitats" across Eastern Europe.

Book on diesel and electric locomotives that after completing their careers in the United Kingdom found employment in other European countries such as Frances, the Netherlands, Spain, Romania, Bulgaria, etc., in the last twenty years.

A book with an extensive photographic journey (almost 290 images), complemented by a wealth of information, about the UK locomotives found in Europe, especially working on the construction of high-speed lines. To highlight the 60 pages that he dedicates to the locomotives of classes 37 and 58 that have been working in Spain.

Read the full Spanish review here

Unes Cuantos Trenes Blog, Jorge del Valle

About Anthony Sayer

Anthony Sayer is a life-long railway enthusiast with an interest in the history of the early diesel and electric locomotive classes. This is the first of several books taking an in-depth look at this subject. Anthony lives in the north-east of England and has now retired from the steel industry after a career of over 35 years.

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