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