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Books on this page deal with the history of railways throughout the world.
Benedict; Bonington, Chris; Gates, Henry Lois; Henry, Buck; Okri, Ben; Sayle,
Alexei and Wood, Victoria More
Great Railway Journeys, BBC, 1996, pp224.
Photographs by Tim Owen Edmunds and Duncan Willets.
Hb. Very Good
in a Very
at the head of the spine. Rail travel in Britain, Europe, North & South America,
Africa, and the Middle-East. £3.95
Allen, Geoffrey Freeman Modern Railways, Hamlyn, 1980, pp256. Large Format Hb. VG/VG. Small internally repaired "V"-shaped tear in the dw spine. An illustrated survey of railway developments in Britain, France, Germany, the Low Countries, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Spain, Scandinavia, Japan, South Africa, Australia and North America. £4.95
Allen, G Freeman Railways of the 20th Century,
BCA, 1983, pp256.
in a Very
excellent general introductions to the railways of the world.
Coloured and b/w illustrations throughout.
G Freeman Railways Past, Present
& Future, Black Cat, 1987, pp304. Large
Format Hb. VG+
in a VG+
A comprehensive history of the world's railways, well-illustrated
throughout in both colour &
in a VG
see a copy
this is a
Anderson, Clive; Makarova, Natalia; Malan, Rian; Palin, Michael; De Teran, Lisa St Aubin and Tully, Mark Great Railway Journeys, BBC, 1994, pp240. Illustrated throughout by the colour photographs of Tom Edmunds. Large Format Hb. VG in a VG dust wrapper. Slight wear to the dust wrapper edges. Rail journeys in Pakistan, South America, China, Russia, Ireland and South Africa. £3.95
Behrend, George History of Trains De Luxe from the Orient Express to HST, Transport Publishing Company, 1977, pp232 with 30 colour plates & 190 illustrations. Copy No.592 of a limited edition of 1500 signed by the author. Large Format Hb. Fair/Fair. Address stamp from the previous owner. Some foxing to the preliminary pages, and the rear cover is beginning to "pull away" from the binding. Several small tears to the dw & spine sunned. An illustrated history of some of the great luxury trains of the world. Includes a complete list of British Pullman Cars and of the 6000-odd Wagon-Lits cars. £12.50
W J The Modern Book of Railways,
A&C Black, 1935, pp142. Hb.
Fair+ with some foxing.
Examines British, Colonial, Continental and American developments with an
emphasis on locomotive development. £3.95
Chamberlin, Russell; Garratt, Colin; Hillmore, Peter;
Hoggart, Simon; Reynolds, Stanley; Webster, Lyn; and Wood, Michael
Great Little Railways, BBC, 1984, pp206 plus pp16 of colour
in a Fine
wrapper. Narrow gauge lines in
the Yukon, the Philippines, Greece, Poland, Portugal, India and Ecuador.
Chant, Christopher The World's Railways: The History and Development of Rail Transport, S. Webb & Son, 2002, pp447. Edited by John Moore. Landscape format. Glazed boards with a dust wrapper. VG+ in a VG dust wrapper. A comprehensive history; well illustrated throughout, mainly in colour. £3.95
Cook, Chris A History of the Great Trains, Weidenfeld and Nicolson/BCA, 1977, pp144. Large Format Hb. Fine in a Very Good- dust wrapper. Two small internally repaired tears in the dust wrapper. Describes some of the great trains of the world from all five continents, illustrated in both colour and black & white. £3.95
Cooper, Basil A Century of Trains, Brian Trodd, 1988, pp256. Large Format Hb. Fine in a VG dust wrapper. An well-illustrated history of the world's railways with chapters on: Trains across Europe, New Lines in Britain, Rails across America, Power Speed & Safety, The Choice of Gauge, The Early Commuters, Growth Continues, Early Electrification, Engines to Match the Traffic, Luxury on the Rails, Progress in the Lean Years, Steam between the Wars, The Prestige Trains, Electrification Progresses, The Rise of the Diesel, War & Retrenchment, and The Modern World. £4.95
De Teran, Lisa St Aubin Off the Rails: Memoirs of a Train Addict, Bloomsbury, 1989, pp193. Hb. VG in a VG dust wrapper. A childhood journey through Russia on the Occident Express began the author's lifetime addiction to trains, an addiction which forms the basis of this part-autobiography, part-travelogue. Journeys through Argentina, Germany, Italy, Turkey and the USA are all related in these memoirs. £3.95
Eames, Andrew The
8.55 to Baghdad: From suburbia to Iraq on the trail of Agatha Christie, Ted
Smart, 2004, pp401 plus pp8 of illustrations.
in a Very
The author journeys from London to Baghdad by train, following the route
of the old Orient Express and an identical journey made by Agatha Christie in
C Hamilton The Lore of the Train,
Crescent Books, 1973, pp240. Very
Large Format Hb. VG+/VG.
Several small tears to the dw edges.
A comprehensive history of rail traction, illustrated by a large number
of detailed drawings. £5.95
Ellis, C Hamilton The Pictorial Encyclopedia of Railways, Paul Hamlyn, 1978, pp591. Hb. VG in a VG dust wrapper. A monumental pictorial history of the world's railways, with almost 600 pages and quite a bit of text - nothing quite like this has been attempted either before or since. £4.95
Robert C (Editor) Fodor's
Railways of the World, David McKay, 1977, pp444. Consultant Editor: Rogers
E. M. Whitaker (Frimbo), Managing Editor: Leslie Brown. Introduction by Paul
Theroux. Hb. VG/VG.
Slight wear to the covers and dust wrapper at the head of the spine.
A fascinating insight into the rail services provided in no fewer than
101 countries. £3.95
in a Fine
Frayn, Michael; Kennedy, Ludovic; Kington, Miles; Palin, Michael; Robson, Eric; Thompson, Brian and Wood, Michael Great Railway Journeys of the World, BCA/BBC, 1982, pp192. Hb. VG+ in a VG dust wrapper. Well-known authors describe seven of the world's greatest rail journeys in India, South Africa, Australia, America, South America, Britain and continental Europe. Illustrated in both colour and black & white. £2.95
Brian and Wood, Michael
Colin and Wade-Mathews, Max The
Ultimate Encyclopedia of Steam and Rail, Lorenz Books, 1999, pp512 with
numerous coloured illustrations. Large
Format Hb. VG+/VG+.
A huge tome combining The World Encyclopedia of Locomotives by
Colin Garratt with Great Railway Journeys of the World by Max
Wade-Mathews. Note that although
this is a very heavy book, our standard postage rates still apply.
Garratt, Colin and Wade-Mathews, Max Locomotives: A Complete History of the World's Great Locomotives and Fabulous Train Journeys, S. Web & Son, 2001 pp512. Pb. Very Good. There is a small wear mark at the base of the spine. Combines two books, The World Encyclopedia of Locomotives by Colin Garratt and Great Railway Journeys of the World by Max Wade-Mathews under a single cover. Well-illustrated throughout, largely in colour. £3.95
Colin and Wade-Mathews, Max Illustrated
Book of Steam and Rail: The history and development of the train and an
evocative guide to the world's great railway journeys, Hermes House, 2006,
pp512. Pb. VG+.
Combines two earlier books The World Encyclopedia of Locomotives
by Colin Garratt and Great Railway Journeys of the World by Max
Wade-Mathews in a single volume. Lavishly illustrated throughout.
The Train: An Illustrated History, Carlton, 2004, pp256.
Very Large Format. Glazed boards with
a dust wrapper. Fine
in a Very
wrapper. A massive pictorial
tribute to the world's railways and their history with sections on: Steam;
Diesel & Electric; The Carriage; Engineering; Architecture;
Narrow, Light & Miniature; Concept Trains; War &
Politics; Advertising; Film; and People.
in a VG-
this is a
Gordon, Susan (Editor) Train Journeys of the World: A Spectacular Voyage of Discovery along 30 of the World's Most Exciting Rail Routes, AA, 1995, pp224. With an introduction by Paul Atterbury. Large Format Pb. VG. Slight wear to the corners of the covers. Well-illustrated in colour, with a detailed map of each journey. £2.95
Great Railway Journeys, Jade Books, 1983, pp96. Large Format Hb. Very Good+ in a Very Good dust wrapper. Describes some of the world's great railway journeys in Russia, South America, India, South Africa, Australia, South-East Asia and Japan, well-illustrated throughout in both black & white and colour. £2.95
in a VG+
in a VG
of a book
Hollingsworth J B
The Atlas of Train Travel,
Elsevier-Dutton, 1980, pp192 with 250
illustrations & maps. Large
Format Hb. VG
in a VG
the opportunities for rail travel in 32 countries around the world.
Brian Railways of the World,
Bison/ W. H. Smith, 1982, pp350. Large
Format Hb. Fine
in a Fine
that examines the railways of each country in turn.
& white. £4.95
Henry The Rapid Transit Railways
of the World, Allen & Unwin, 1971, pp183 plus 40 illustrations.
in a VG
A comprehensive survey of the world's metro systems.
Jackson G The Romance of the Railway, Raphael Tuck, pp252 with 6 coloured plates. No date. Hb. No dw. Red cloth cover with a picture, Fair+ with foxing to the page edges. A romantic pre-war view of the world's railways. £3.95
Train Disasters: The World's Worst Railway Accidents, Parragon,
1997, p96. Large landscape format.
Glazed boards with dw. Fine/VG.
An illustrated history. £4.95
or a Steam
Good+ in a
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the top of
Nock O S Pictorial History of Trains, Sundial Books, 1977, pp128. Large Format Hb. VG in a VG dust wrapper. Colour illustrations from Britain, Europe, America, Africa and the Far East with text by Ossie Nock. £3.95
Nock O S World Atlas of Railways, Intercontinental Book Productions, 1978, pp222. Very Large Format Hb - a huge tome! Very Good+ in a Very Good dust wrapper. Some creasing on the rear dust wrapper. First describes the evolution of the world's railway networks and the world's great expresses. An extensive global atlas of the world's railway systems is then followed by a country-by-country survey. Extensively illustrated throughout. £4.95
J Railways Round the World,
Oxford University Press, 1936, pp80. Bookplate.
Hb. Probably published
dust wrapper. Good with wear to the
edges of the covers and foxing to the endpapers.
A pictorial album from the
Mark Metro Maps of the World,
Capital Transport, 2004, pp136. Large
landscape format. Glazed Boards.
front top corner
covers is bumped.
A comprehensive collection of current official maps or diagrams of every
metro system in the world. £7.50
Ovenden, Mark Great Railway Maps of the World, Particular Books/Penguin Group, 2011, pp138. Large landscape format. Hb. Fine/VG+. "An extraordinary compendium of historical and contemporary railway maps and posters from every corner of the globe." £8.50
Martin The Lost Pleasures of the
Great Trains, Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1975, pp238 with 150 b/w
illustrations & pp16 of colour plates.
Hb. VG/VG with a one-inch
scratch on the front dust wrapper. Recreates
the great trains of the 19th century from the golden era of rail travel.
in a VG
on the Orient
and the Trans-Siberian
Portway, Christopher Double Circuit, Robert Hale, 1974, pp192. Hb. Very Good in a Very Good dust wrapper. The author's rail journeys in the Balkans and around the Mediterranean. £3.95
Ernest Railways of the World,
George Routledge & Sons, pp752 with 16 coloured plates and 419
illustrations. No date.
Inscription dated 1922. Hb.
Fair+. The gold lettering on
the spine is faded. A pre-grouping history of the world's railways.
The first twenty five chapters are devoted to British Railways, with
separate chapters for each of the main railway companies. The rest of the world
is covered in a further six chapters, with a chapter for each continent.
Similarly Scotland and Ireland are only given a single chapter each.
P J G Locomotion: Two Centuries
of Train Travel, Sutton, 2001, pp215. Hb.
Fine/VG+. "Celebrates 200
years of railway history and railway writing.
The compiler has made a fascinating selection from fact and fiction to
illustrate the attractions of train travel and the human side of running a
railway. He includes memorable
extracts describing rail travel in Britain, Continental Europe, Canada, the
U.S.A. and India which give a vivid impression of the development and diversity
of railways since the pioneering days of the early 1800s."
On Railways: At Home and Abroad, Spring Books, 2nd edition
[c1956], pp300 plus 102 illustrations. First
published in 1951. Hb. VG
in a VG-
small tears in the
wrapper at head of spine where the
wrapper has been internally
repaired. The "good
doctor's" pre-war rail travels in Britain, Europe, Africa, Asia and North
Savio, Tom and Lambert, Anthony Extraordinary Railway Journeys, Book People Limited, 2004, pp160 with colour illustrations throughout. Large Format Hb. VG in a VG+ dust wrapper. Describes twenty four spectacular journeys from all five continents. £4.95
Schieldrop, Edgar B
The Railway: Conquest of Space and Time, Hutchinson, revised &
enlarged edition 1956, pp256. Foreword
by Cecil J. Allen. First published
in English in 1939. Hb.
VG/Fair with small tears to the dw edges. A comprehensive popular history of the world's railways
written just before WWII. £3.95
in a Fine
Semmens, Peter Railway Disasters of the World: Principal Passenger Train Accidents of the 20th Century, PSL, 1994, pp264 with pp40 of illustrations. Hb. Fine/Fine. A reference work giving brief details of all railway accidents in the 20th century that resulted in the loss of 20 or more lives. £5.95
F A The Railway Conquest of the
World, Heinman, 1911, pp334 and 319 illustrations. Hb. Inscription and two bookplates inside covers.
Covers worn at the top & bottom of the spine, with loss
of colour along a 1 cm strip across the top front. Pages foxed with frontis and one other illustration loose.
Talbot, Frederick A Railway Wonders of the World Vol.1, Cassell & Co., 1913, pp384 with 12 colour plates. Large Format Hb. No dw. Good. Signature and two address stamps inside the covers. Some superficial wear to the covers and several pages loose; Railway Wonders of the World Vol.2, Cassell & Co., 1913, p385-760 and 11 colour plates. Large Format Hb. No dw. Good. Signature and two address stamps inside the covers. Superficial wear to the covers and one loose page. Originally issued serially in 24 fortnightly parts, April 1913 - March 1914. Encyclopaedic coverage of the world's railways just before the outbreak of World War I. £24.50 for the two volumes
Talbot, Frederick A Railways of the World Vol.1, Cassell & Co., pp376 with 24 colour plates and 300 illustrations. Undated, but before the Grouping. Title inside is given as Railway Wonders of the World. Large Format Hb. No dust wrapper. VG-; Railways of the World Vol.2, Cassell & Co., p377-p760 with numerous illustrations. No date but pre-Grouping. The first few pages are loose. Large Format Hb. No dust wrapper. Fair. Encyclopaedic coverage of the world's railways before the Grouping. Both volumes for £24.50
Arthur Recreational Railroads:
The World's Finest Railroads Restored to Their Former Glory, Chartwell
Books, 1999, pp193. Large Format Hb. VG/VG.
An American survey of some of the world's major heritage railways.
Four sections examine preserved lines in North America, British Isles,
Continental Europe and the Southern Hemisphere.
In colour throughout with a map of each line.
Wade-Mathews, Max Classic Railway Journeys of the West, Hermes House, 1998, pp128. Pb. VG. Illustrated in colour throughout. "Legendary train routes across the continents of Europe and the Americas." Includes sections on Canada, United States, Mexico & South America, Ireland, United Kingdom and Europe. £1.95
Waller C E Marshall's
Book of Railways: Pictures and Articles Covering the World, Percival
Marshall, 1961, pp111. Hb.
in a VG-
wrapper. Wear to the
dust wrapper at
the head & base of the spine. Chapters
on: Preserved Locomotives, 4-6-0 Express Engines, Railways of
Switzerland, Railway Races to Scotland, First Underground Railway,
Railways of Italy, Mixed Traffic 4-6-0s, Rebuilding a Southern
Railway Pacific, Contrasts in 4-4-0s, Rails Across the West, British
Railways Western Region, Five Narrow-Gauge Railways, Break of
Gauge - Australia's Historic Obstacle, Maids of All Work, High
Speed Electric Train Services in France, The Gauge War, and Talking
Webster H C Railways for All, Ward Lock, 1952, pp254 plus pp50 illustrations. Hb. No dw. Some wear to the covers otherwise VG. A comprehensive view of the world's railways immediately after the war. £2.95
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Westcott Jones, Kenneth Romantic Railways, Arlington Books, 1971, pp208, colour frontis, & 48 illustrations. The four-page list of illustrations appears to have always been a loose insert. Hb. VG/Fair. The torn dw has been internally repaired along the top edge. The author's rail travels on all six continents. £4.95
Westwood, John Trains: The Complete Book of Trains and Railways, Octopus Books/BCA, 1979, pp400. Bookplate from previous owner. Large Format Hb. VG/VG. The history of railways from their earliest beginnings to the present day. Features colour photographs of some of the most spectacular trains and railways around the world. £3.95
Whitehouse, Patrick and Allen, Peter Narrow Gauge the World Over, IA, 1976, pp224. Large Format Hb. VG+ in a VG dust wrapper. A retrospective view of narrow gauge steam around the world over the previous 25 years with sections on Great Britain & Ireland, Europe, USA & Canada, Central & South America, Africa, India & Asia, and The Pacific. £6.95
Whitehouse, Patrick The Story of the Train, Hamlyn, 1984, pp128. Large Format Hb.Fine in a Fine dust wrapper. Patrick Whitehouse's tribute to the railways of the world, well-illustrated in colour. £3.95
Archibald The Romance of Modern
Locomotion containing interesting descriptions of the rise and development of
railroad systems in all parts of the world, Pearson,
1st Edition 1904,
Hb. No dw.
Fair+. An attractive hardback
in a colourful red binding, in excellent condition for its age.
Some of the illustrations are loose. An Edwardian view of the world's
railways, with the focus on Britain, the empire - Canada, India and South Africa
- and the United States. £5.95
Winchester, Clarence and Allen, Cecil J. (Editors) Railway Wonders of the World Vol.1, Amalgamated Press, pp772. No dw. No date but 1930s. Large Format Hb. VG; Railway Wonders of the World Vol.2, Amalgamated Press, pp773-1604. No dw. No date but late 30s. Large Format Hb. Two small tears to the covers at the head of the spine, otherwise VG. Two impressive volumes, well-illustrated throughout, providing an encyclopaedic coverage of the world's railways that would simply not be attempted today. While Winchester is given as the main editor, there is little doubt that C. J. Allen was responsible for most of the text. The two volumes together: £20.50
Wolmar, Christian Blood, Iron & Gold: How the Railways Transformed the World, Atlantic, 2009, pp373. Hb. Fine/Fine. Examines the huge impact of railways as they spread rapidly across the world, stimulating both economic growth & social change on an unprecedented scale. £4.95
Wolmar, Christian Blood, Iron & Gold: How the Railways Transformed the World, Atlantic, 2010, pp373. Pb. Near VG with some vertical creasing to the spine of the covers. Examines the huge impact of railways as they spread rapidly across the world, stimulating both economic growth & social change on an unprecedented scale. £3.95
World's Railways and How They Work,
Odhams, 1947, pp320 illustrated with numerous photographs & specially drawn
maps and pictures. Hb.
No dust wrapper. VG-. Some loss
of colour down the spine. Although
published immediately after the war, this book provides a fascinating insight
into British and overseas railways as they existed before the conflict.