End of the Line - German and French Railways at the End of WW II
Charles Trapani, Jr. and Louis A. Marre
Soft Cover, 56 pages, 78 b/w photos and 5 color profiles
Cat # HSBT 002
“End of the Line – German and French Railways at the End of WW II” offers a unique insight into the locomotives and rolling stock of WW II Europe from the perspective of four U.S. Army soldiers who were the photographers of this equipment. All four of these men were experienced railroad photographers in the United States before the outbreak of WW II. The subjects of the photographs encompass different types of equipment from various eras. The German locomotives include locomotives built in the “Prussian Era” (prior to 1923) and locomotives built in WW II as part of the Provisional War Locomotive program. A number of camouflaged German steam locomotives are of particular interest. French locomotives include a wide variety of types from various eras including some with battle damage. A U. S. Army Transportation Corps (USATC) diesel locomotive with flatcars containing pipe sections for the extension of PLUTO (Pipe Line Under The Ocean) round out the locomotive photographs. Freight cars from Germany, France, Italy, Hungary, Belgium and The Netherlands are interesting examples of an often neglected type of railway equipment.. Other rolling stock includes German and French passenger cars as well as several French trolley cars. A brief but informative text complements the photographs. The text explains locomotive numbering systems, different types of steam locomotive tenders and includes a brief history of German and French Railways. This book will be of interest to railway and military historians as well as modelers of the WW II era.