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Bradshaw's Continental Railway Guide (Old House Books)

Bradshaw's Continental Railway Guide (Old House Books) [Kindle Edition]

George Bradshaw
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'This book is a rare treasure ... reprinted not just thoroughly but lovingly, with maps placed in special plastic pockets and even the original bookmark ... I cannot think of a better present.' --Engineering & Technology Magazine

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*This electronic edition is an abridged version of the original 1548pp book. All the original text is included, along with a wealth of carefully selected examples from the several hundred pages of timetables and advertisements.*
Following its bestselling edition of Bradshaw’s Handbook 1863, Old House brings you this fascinating guide to Europe’s rail network on the very brink of the First World War. Published in 1913, it is divided into three sections: timetables for services covering the continent, short guides to each city and notable destination and features, and a wealth of advertisements and ephemeral materials concerning hotels, restaurants and services that might be required by the early twentieth century traveller by rail. It affords a fascinating glimpse of fin de siècle Europe and of a transport network that was shortly to be devastated by the greatest war the world had ever seen.

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just the ticket 13 Nov 2012
By thesmig
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What an excellent book. It harks back to a golden age and is detailed with adverts for products some of which are still with us like Enos and Collis Brown's medecine. The adverts for the hotels are very evocative and the timetables transport you (sorry for the pun) to a different era. Hours of endless amusement in front of me. The surprise bonus are the pull out maps.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilled. What a wonderful book. 16 Nov 2012
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I was so jealous when Michael Portillo had this and I didn't. But now I have and I love it. So much fun. But, unless you have excellent eyesight, buy a magnifying glass too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great European Railway Journeys 2 Oct 2012
This hefty tome, as austere and daunting as it looks, has to rank as one of the most outstanding works in the history of railway literature, here is something no well heeled traveller, in the death throes of genteel Edwardian England, could afford to be without, over the course of its 1106 pages, the traveller has everything at their fingertips they would ever need, a comprehensive guide of direct routes to the principle cities, railway timetable of each country of europe, a hotel directory, general advice to travellers, almanac & tide table, information on money, weights & measures, a short descriptive guide to each country and its principle cities and much much more, this is in my opinion another five star hit for old house who have given us an invaluable treasure, a snapshot of a bustling but genteel Europe who could have no idea of the horror that was waiting to unfold
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional facsimile at bargain price. 12 Dec 2012
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This book is the facsimile of the book Michael Portillo uses in his latest (2012) railway television series. If you liked that and we're intrigued by the original 1913 book he carries everywhere you will be delighted with this very thick book. Twice as thick as a phone book and nicely printed the good quality is also enhanced by the fold-out coloured maps and also the large separate coloured map in a clever pocket inside the front cover. This takes you right into 1913 Europe just before the First World War changed everything. For £16 this is very reasonable, treat yourself!
Also Amazon's delivery was like lightning.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars off to Switzerland 4 Dec 2012
Having watched the outstanding new series on BBC TV, I have decided to take myself to Switzerland. This volume is very large, but outstanding. However there is a Kindle version for a fraction of the price (you don't need an actual Kindle - a tablet with app will do fine). Go for it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Like it because of the TV series 20 Feb 2013
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It's just a nice old-fashioned book, that gives a lot of impressions on the Trains in the UK in victorian time, but you DO need a pair of +2 glasses to read it...
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5.0 out of 5 stars classic guide! 16 Sep 2013
By Andros
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It may be dated but by golly it takes some beating. Very informative and most interesting. I am well pleased with this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bradshaws Continental Railway Guide 11 Dec 2012
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I chose this book for my father, who is a keen railway fan and is planning a rail trip to Italy next year. Although the book is rather thick and heavy he tells me that it will be traveling with him (I guess that's one of the pleasures of rail travel - no weight restrictions!) and we have already amused ourselves by reading the guide to the cities he'll be visiting. He also plans to read the timetables within it and compare the journey times, stops etc to his own journey. It's a hit.
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