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Bradshaws Continental Railway Guide (Old House) [Hardcover]

George Bradshaw
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20 Sep 2012
*As seen on Michael Portillo's BBC2 hit 'Great Continental Railway Journeys'!* 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 siecle Europe and of a transport network that was shortly to be devastated by the greatest war the world had ever seen. *This highly collectable volume includes fold-out maps, a transparent protective jacket and a bookmarker!*

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  • Hardcover: 1548 pages
  • Publisher: Old House; fold-out maps, transparent jacket edition (20 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908402474
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908402479
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 14.4 x 8.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just the ticket 13 Nov 2012
By thesmig
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great European Railway Journeys 2 Oct 2012
Format:Hardcover
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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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars off to Switzerland 4 Dec 2012
Format:Hardcover
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars classic guide! 16 Sep 2013
By Andros
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 11 Dec 2012
By David
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Exactly what I expected. I have been able to follow the BBC HD programme using this book. Very detailed journies
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
lnteresting read heavy book
Published 8 days ago by roger brighton
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good
Pretty average not as good as other bradshawguides
Published 20 days ago by David Telford
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating insights into pre-war Europe.
This is a priceless historical account of Europe in the days before the advent of war. What's really fascinating is that a lot of the railways remain similar today as far as the... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wrong book did not wont European publication
Published 27 days ago by Eric odell
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very good condition.
Published 1 month ago by joanne dillon
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Pure nostalgia. It is such a Kindle coffee table book. Time to spare pick up the Bradshaw's. Full of detail and things you could have done way back then. Read more
Published 3 months ago by K. James
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and illuminating for anyone who likes history or railways
Fascinating and illuminating for anyone who likes history or railways.

This minimum number of words is a real pain in the neck. I've said all I have to say.
Published 4 months ago by Gregory F Naylor
4.0 out of 5 stars In the days when it didn't take 1/2 a day (O.K hours) to get through...
If only......
How things used to be one can only dream or relive in this fact packed guide for the begining of the 20th century
Published 4 months ago by Mr. V. Yates
5.0 out of 5 stars Travels by Rail
This is an excellent buy - a fat book to browse through, not read page by page. Hours of interesting info from a bygone age.
Published 4 months ago by Trina
5.0 out of 5 stars another world revealed
This is an excellent companion volume to the UK volume. It reveals a whole different way of travel and the advertisements and maps add to the reading experience. Read more
Published 4 months ago by traveller
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