Luxuriously produced in landscape hardback and glowing with colour, this heavyweight and rather special guided tour takes in history, landscapes, stunning trains and service in an era of luxury travel. We are all familiar with the railway posters portraying the exotic appeal of the Orient Express or seaside excursions. Our book begins when the railway age was recognised as beginning in September 1830 when the Liverpool and Manchester line opened for service. See a beautiful coloured engraving on page 7 published in 1831 of The Viaduct, in the foreground a cattle herder with his dog, Victorian ladies and gentlemen looking on and a barge transporting goods through open countryside. More than 300 contemporary illustrations, route maps, schedules, and technical appendices sweep us through Great Britain on the GWR, the Leeds to Carlisle, London’s railway termini up to the West Highland Railway. We then travel through Ireland, Benelux, France, Italy, the Balkans and Greece, Iberia including the Andalusian railways, Central Europe from Berlin, the Brenner Pass and the classic European sleeping car routes, through Switzerland, Poland, Russia and the Trans-Siberian Railway, to Scandinavia. Appendices cover classic European locomotives, carriage design, railway museums and sights to see. Hand drawn maps cover railway networks from the early 1780s, the illustrations are from French magazines, depicting the luxurious interiors of carriages and level of service, photochromes, tinted photographs of railway buildings, famous paintings of the Mallard, Rocket, and railway openings. A whole section is devoted to a railway map of the British Isles at a scale of 28 miles to the inch, reproduced in sections to a large scale for us to enjoy today. The excellent text is by Brian Solomon, and the photos showing old and new make this 256 page volume as luxurious as the golden era it celebrates. 31cm x 26cm, 300 colour and b/w illus.