The Steam Engines of World War II in Europe

The German ‘Kriegsdampflokomotiven’ and the British and American War Engines

Phil Horton

Few events had a greater influence on Europe's railways in the 20th century than the Second World War. As described in this book, thousands of steam engines were produced for the conflict by all sides. Although many were damaged during the war, most survived.
Date Published :
June 2021
Publisher :
Mortons Books
Series :
Silver Link Silk Editions
Illustration :
200
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781857945690
Pages : 144
Dimensions : 6.7 X 9.4 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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$60.00

Overview
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Few events had a greater influence on Europe’s railways in the 20th century than the Second World War. As described in this book, thousands of steam engines were produced for the conflict by all sides. Although many were damaged during the war, most survived. Indeed, many of the British and American engines arrived in Europe too late and were immediately put into store. They and their German contemporaries were to form a mainstay of the peacetime railways of Europe and Great Britain, in many cases until the end of steam. Many other ex-war engines found employment on the Continent’s heritage railways.

The author first encountered these engines while trainspotting in the late 1950s. At the end of GB steam he extended his interest to the Continent. With the help of like-minded enthusiasts this book records his pursuit of these engines, when they were still at work and in preservation.

About The Author
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Philip Horton was born in Bath in 1947 and was educated there before leaving to go to university. He developed an early interest in two rather disparate subjects: natural history and railways. Both have stayed with him, the first as a career, the second as a hobby.
He has had numerous articles published on a wide range of railway-related topics over more than 30 years. Latterly, he has been a regular contributor to the magazine Narrow Gauge World. It is, however, only since his retirement that his first book: Volume 1 of his ‘Beeching Legacy’ series: ‘The West Country’, based on his travels in the 1960s, was published by Silver Link in 2010. Four more volumes followed, which cover the whole of Wales and southern England respectively. A second edition of Volume 1 is about to be published.
Three of his books: The Last Years of BR Steam Around Bath (no. 64), Rails to the Yorkshire Coast (no. 86) and The East German Narrow Gauge (no. 101) have appeared in Silver Link’s Nostalgia Collection.

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