Rails Across Europe (Hardback)
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The two volumes covering Rails Across Europe are divided into one, covering the North and West of the continent, the other dealing with the South and East.
The photos were taken by David Cable, a well-regarded author of several photographic albums of trains throughout the world, supplemented by a few taken by friends.
The books show pictures of modern traction mainly from the 1980s to the current era, covering the huge variety of classes – locomotives as well as multiple units – and the panoply of colour schemes that continue to grow.
The photos were taken both at railway stations and in the countryside and give a wide range of locations. The first volume covers Scandinavia, the Baltic states, Germany, Poland, the Benelux countries, the United Kingdom and Ireland.
The second volume deals with France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Switzerland, Austria and the majority of Central European and Balkan countries, which had been in the former Soviet Eastern Block.
NOTE: Reviewed alongside Rails Across AustraliaThis England, Winter 2016
These two beautiful photo albums will delight everyone interested in modern and vintage rail transport...
... Closer to home we find a comprehensive coverage of Northern and Western Europe trains, all in superb colour.
Rails Across Europe: Eastern And Southern EuropeNZ Crown Mines
Rails Across Europe: Northern And Western Europe
Although these are separate titles, the author notes that they are in fact ‘sister’ volumes; it is on that basis that this reviewer has chosen to deal with them as a single entity.
These works are hard-covered examples of the ‘Enthusiasts’ picture books’ genre and contain colour images of locomotives (both with and without attached trains), in a wide variety of locations across the European continent. The author very-evidently loves both his subject and photography, and has travelled widely in pursuit of his subject material. |It should be noted however that although the majority of the images are his own, contributions from other photographers also appear, a fact acknowledged by the author. The quality of the images is such, that if a reader is seeking a pair of books showing only contemporary ‘European’ trains, there would be few to rival what these works contain. It should however be noted that the section on the United Kingdom is not large, the author stating that this railway system will be the subject of a separate volume in its own right.
In precis, the images within this work are beautiful, the photography superb, and if that is what the purchaser is seeking, they will be well-satisfied.
I would give the photographs an 8/10