Le Train Special 97: Les Grands Trains Tome 6

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This title in the Le Train Special series is the sixth part of a review of ‘Grands Trains’ in France. This volume covers the many variants of the Orient Express trains. The book starts with some remarkable historic pictures of the Orient-Express, many of them being from an Austrian collection, although one shows Boulogne over a century ago. The first chapter traces the history of the various Orient-Expresses, with a good route map and historic illustrations. A chapter on The Simplon- and Arlberg-Orient-Express includes posters, maps, timetables and many old photographs and a chapter covering the post-War period is accompanied with mainly black and white photographs of trains, stock, locomotives, stations and internal views. Also examines the history of each of the trains covered, as well as looking at the locomotive types used on these trains over the years. Covers developments in traction and stock and looks at the end of certain services. Here the majority of the photographs are colour and cover most of the countries the Orient Express trains traversed. The penultimate chapter looks at the slow but sure decline of the service as it succumbed to “death by a thousand cuts”. Tables in this chapter show typical train compositions in France from 1914 to 2003. The final chapter looks at the luxury Venice-Simplon-Orient-Express which was launched in 1982 and is still operating. Well illustrated throughout with colour and black & white photographs. French text. 98 pages.

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