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Books on this page deal with the history of railways throughout the world.

Allen, 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 Good dust wrapper.  The dust wrapper has been internally re-enforced at the head of the spine.  Rail travel in Britain, Europe, North & South America, Africa, and the Middle-East.  3.95

Allen, Geoffrey Freeman  Luxury Trains of the World, Bison Books, 1979, pp192.  Large Format.  Hard Cover.  Very Good in a Very Good dust wrapper.  Some superficial rubbing to the corners of the covers.  "Every aspect of the luxury train is covered from the first Pullman coach built in 1859 to the Japanese bullet trains."  4.95

Allen, Geoffrey Freeman  Modern Railways, Hamlyn, 1980, pp256.  Large Format Hb.  VG in a VG dust wrapper.  There is a small internally repaired "V"-shaped tear in the dust wrapper 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.  3.95

Allen, G Freeman  Railways of the 20th Century, BCA, 1983, pp256.  Large Format Hardback.  Fine in a Very Good dust wrapper.  An excellent general introductions to the railways of the world.  Coloured and b/w illustrations throughout.  3.95

Allen, G Freeman  Railways Past, Present & Future, Black Cat, 1987, pp304.  Large Format Hb.  VG+ in a VG+ dust wrapper.  A substantial history of the world's railways, well-illustrated throughout in both colour and black & white.  3.95

Allen, Geoffrey Freeman  Jane's World Railways 1987-88, Jane's Transport Press, Twenty-ninth edition, pp964.  Large Format Hb.  VG+ in a VG dust wrapper.  An authoritative reference on the railway manufacturers and railway systems of the world.  Metro and urban transport systems are also included.  Since most copies of Jane's are purchased by libraries, it is unusual to see a copy in such good condition. Although this is a massive tomb weighing almost four kilograms, our standard postage rates apply - you will not be asked to pay additional postage after you have placed an order!  16.50

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

Bell W J  The Modern Book of Railways, A&C Black, 1935, pp142.  Hb.  No dust wrapper.  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 plates.  Hb.  Fine in a Fine dust wrapper.  Narrow gauge lines in the Yukon, the Philippines, Greece, Poland, Portugal, India and Ecuador.  2.95

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

Ellis, C Hamilton  The Pictorial Encyclopedia of Railways, 1977, Paul Hamlyn, pp591.  Hard Cover.  Very Good in a Very Good- dust wrapper.  Tiny repaired nick in the bottom edge of the dust wrapper, slight wear to the edges of the 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.  3.95

Fisher, 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

Fletcher, Malcolm and Taylor, John  Railways: The Pioneer Years, Studio Editions, 1990, pp310 with 900 illustrations.  Very Large Format Hb.  VG+ in a Fine dust wrapper.  A very substantial book.  A celebration of the first 100 years of railway development focusing on Britain, Europe & North America with limited attention to Africa, South America and the Far East. Sections on: The First Fifty Years, The Great Age of Railways, and Railways between the Two World Wars.  5.95

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

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.  Pb.  Very Good. Illustrated in colour and black & white.  Well-known authors describe seven of the world's great rail journeys.  1.95

Garratt, 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.  5.95

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

Garratt, 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.  3.95

Glancey, Jonathan  The Train: An Illustrated History, Carlton, 2004, pp256.  Very Large Format.  Glazed boards with a dust wrapper.  Fine in a Very Good dust 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.  5.95

Goldsack, Paul (editor) Jane's World Railways and Rapid Transit Systems 1977, Jane's Transport Press, Nineteenth edition, pp580.  Large Format Hb.  VG in a VG- dust wrapper. Slight wear to the edges of the dust wrapper, with a one-cm tear in the rear dust wrapper fold.  An authoritative reference on the railway manufacturers and railway systems of the world. Metro and urban transport systems are also included.  Although this is a very substantial book weighing around 2.5 kilograms, our standard postage rates apply - you will not be asked to pay additional postage after you have placed an order!  12.50

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

Hamilton, David S  Le Monde Fascinant des Trains, Grund, 1977, pp192.  Large Format Hb.  VG+ in a VG+ dust wrapper.  A French history of the railways of the world, well-illustrated in colour throughout.  In French.  4.95

Hastings, Paul  Railroads: An International History, Ernest Benn, 1972, pp144.  Industries and Inventions: International Histories Series.  Hard Cover.  Very Good in a Very Good- dust wrapper. There is a one-inch internally-repaired tear at the head of the dust wrapper spine.  An introductory history describing the development of the world's railways.  1.95

Hebron, Chris de Winter  Dining at Speed: A Celebration of 125 Years of Railway Catering, Silver Link, 2004, pp144.  Pb.  VG.  "An evocative history of on-board catering from its conception to the present day, in Britain, Europe and the United States."  3.95

Hollingsworth, Brian  Atlas of the World's Railways, Bison Books, 1980, pp350.  Very Large Format Hb.  VG in a VG dust wrapper.  Spine faded, half-inch internally repaired tear at the head of the spine.  A huge tomb of a book providing a comprehensive introduction to the railways of Europe, North and South America, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Australasia.  Well-illustrated throughout.  3.95

Hollingsworth J B  The Atlas of Train Travel, Elsevier-Dutton, 1980, pp192 with 250 illustrations & maps.  Large Format Hb.  VG in a VG dust wrapper.  Explores the opportunities for rail travel in 32 countries around the world.  4.95

Hollingsworth, Brian  Railways of the World, Bison / W. H. Smith, 1982, pp350.  Large Format Hb.  Fine in a Fine dust wrapper.  A very substantial volume that examines the railways of each country in turn.  Well-illustrated in both colour and black & white.  4.95

Howson, Henry  The Rapid Transit Railways of the World, Allen & Unwin, 1971, pp183 plus 40 illustrations.  Hb.  VG in a VG dust wrapper.  A comprehensive survey of the world's metro systems.  3.95

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

Kichenside, Geoffrey  Great Train Disasters: The World's Worst Railway Accidents, Parragon, 1997, p p96.  Large landscape format.  Glazed boards with a dust wrapper.  Fine in a VG dust wrapper.  An illustrated history.  3.95

Maki, Heli and Korjus, Jenni  Railways as an Innovative Regional Factor, University of Helsinki, 2009, pp142.  Pictorial Boards.  VG+.  A collection of academic studies including: Railways as Techno-Cultural Factors by Colin Divall; To Encourage such as Would Travel a Little to Travel More: Trains, Planes, Cars, History and the Future of Mobility by Colin Divall; The Presentation of an Ambivalent History: A Chinese Railway Museum's Perspective by Xiaoli Wu; Development of Railway Transport in the Historical and Social Prospects in Russia by Igor Kiselev; By Railway Ferry from England to the Continent: Intermodal Travel in the Interwar Period by Barbara Schmucki; Business Strategy & Corporate Image: Britain's Railways, 1872 - 1977 by Hiroki Shin; Different Intermodal Solutions of Railway Transportations by Evgeni Korovyakovskiy; A Steam Locomotive or a Steam Automobile by Oiva Turpeinen; Competition between Modes of Transportation in Finland by Ilkka T. Seppinen; "If Only We had a Railway!" The Role of the Finnish Railway Network in the Nation's Technological Progress by Tiina Paivarinne; and The Effect of Transport Tunnels across the Baltic Sea on Finnish Transport Policy Guidelines.  5.95

Nock O S (General Editor)  Encyclopedia of Railways, Octopus, 1977, pp480.  Small inscription, the number "61."  Extremely Large Format.  Hard Cover.  Very Good+ in a Very Good dust wrapper.  There is a small internally-repaired tear at the top of the front dust wrapper fold.  "The complete story of the world's railways and locomotives. Over 900 colour and black and white illustrations." A huge tome weighing well over 2kg.  Nonetheless our standard postage rates apply.  7.50

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

Oliver J  Railways Round the World, Oxford University Press, 1936, pp80.  Bookplate.  Hb.  Probably published without a dust wrapper.  Good with wear to the edges of the covers and foxing to the endpapers.  A pictorial album from the 1930s, with a collection of interesting period photographs from around the world.  3.95

Ovenden, Mark  Metro Maps of the World, Capital Transport, 2004, pp136.  Large landscape format.  Glazed Boards.  VG.  The front top corner of the 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

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

Quinn, Tom  Railways' Strangest Journeys: Curious and colourful journeys from over 150 years of rail travel, Portico, 2010, pp244.  Card Covers.  Very Good.  Some vertical creasing to the spine of the covers.  Tales from Britain, Europe, India and America.  2.95

Railway Directory & Year Book 1975, IPC Transport Press, pp734.  The eightieth year of publication.  Inscription.  Hb.  No dust wrapper as published.  VG.  Provides comprehensive annual statistics on the railway systems of the world.  8.50

Ransom 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."  3.95

Sampson, Henry  World Railways 1950-51: A Survey of the Operation and Equipment of Representative Rail Systems, Sampson, Low, Marston & Co.  The first year of publication of what became Jane's World Railways.  Large landscape format.  Hard Cover.  No dust wrapper.  Very Good  Slight rubbing at the head & base of the spine.  An authoritative reference on the railway manufacturers and railway systems of the world.  With sections on North America, Central & South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australasia.  12.50

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

Schivelbusch, Wolfgang  Railway Journey The Industrialization of Time and Space in the 19th Century, Berg, 1986, pp203.  Hb.  Fine in a Fine dust wrapper.  An award winning German study of the impact of railways on society.  4.95

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

Small C S  Far Wheels: A Railroad Safari, Cleaver-Hume Press, 1959, pp166.  Hard Cover.  Very Good in a Very Good dust wrapper.  An illustrated accounts of narrow gauge lines in Africa, the Caribbean, South America, Japan and Fiji.  12.50

Solomon, Brian  Railway Masterpieces: Celebrating the world's greatest trains, stations and feats of engineering, D&C, 2003, pp160.  Large landscape format Pb.  VG.  Well-illustrated throughout.  3.95

Talbot F A  The Railway Conquest of the World, Heinman, 1911, pp334 and 319 illustrations. Hb.  Inscription and two bookplates inside covers.  No dust wrapper.  Fair.  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.  4.95

Talbot, Frederick A  Railway Wonders of the World Vol.1, Cassell & Co., 1913, pp384 with 12 colour plates.  Large Format Hb.  No dust wrapper.  Fair.  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 dust wrapper.  Fair.  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.  20.50 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

Taylor, 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.  3.95

Wade-Mathews, Max  Classic Railway Journeys of the West, Anness Publishing, 1998, pp128.  Card Covers.  Very Good.  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.  VG in a VG- dust 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 of Tunnels.  2.95

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

Westcott Jones K  Great Railway Journeys of the World, Alvin Redman, 1964, pp192 with 43 illustrations.  Hb.  VG in a Fair dust wrapper.  The dust wrapper edges have been internally repaired.  Chapters on: Across Canada with the Canadian Pacific, Through the Golden West with the Union Pacific, The West Coast Daylights, Route of the Blue Train, The Bergen Oslo Railway, Trans-Australia, Main Trunk in New Zealand, To the Mountains of the Moon, Under the Alps with the Gottardo, More Alps with the Cisalpin, From Ocean to High Veldt, Hoisted up the Serra, The Orient Express, Madras to the Blue Mountains, A King's Main Line, Trans-Siberian, London to Fort William, and Rails to the Artic.  2.95

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

Williams, 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, pp368.  Inscription.  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

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

(The) 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.   3.95

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