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Rails Across Europe (Hardback)

Eastern and Southern Europe

Transport History Trains and Railways

By David Cable
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
Pages: 258
ISBN: 9781473844322
Published: 1st August 2016

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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, 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 up to the current era, showing 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.

These beautiful photo albums will delight everyone interested in modern and vintage rail transport.

This England Winter 2016

Rails Across Europe: Eastern And Southern Europe
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

NZ Crown Mines
 David Cable

About David Cable

David Cable (1929-2017) was interested in trains from a very early age, and this developed into an interest in train photography in 1947. David was the author of many photo albums, covering modern traction in the UK since the 1960s, as well as volumes based on his visits to other countries over the last 40 years. During his life he travelled throughout Europe, North America and Australia, as well as some Far Eastern countries and Morocco.

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