The Railways of Palestine and Israel, by Paul Cotterell
Book published by Tourret in 1984, 150 pages. Large A4 size hardback with Dust Jacket - c.21cm by 30cm (N5594)
From the front inside fly leaf: The metre gauge Jaffa - Jerusalem Railway opened in 1892 and, with the exception of a very short line in what is now Iran, was the first railway anywhere in the Middle East. Further development was slow until the First World War when the British conquered Palestine. In doing so they laid the foundations for a network of lines later taken over and expanded by Israel Railways. Except for the Hedjaz Railway section, this book details the history of all lines in Palestine and Israel, which ranged from obscure and ephemeral 600 mm and 2ft 6in gauge military railways up to the standard gauge of 4ft 8 1/2in, and there is a Chapter on little known industrial lines. Detailed reference is made to locomotives built for Palestine and Israel, as well as to those imported during two world wars for military use. Among the latter were LSWR and LNWR 0-6-0s, LMS and ROD 2-8-0s. Extensive coverage is given to the passenger and freight rolling stock, much of which also originated in Great Britain. Locomotives and rolling stock captured by Israel in Middle East wars are dealt with too. Nine maps, 169 line drawings, 114 photographs, and motive power and passenger stock lists complete the picture. A special feature is the representative selection of timetables.
Emphasis has been placed on primary source material. Wherever possible previously unpublished photographs have been chosen to comprehensively illustrate not only locomotives and rolling stock but also the railway scene in general.
The railways of Palestine and Israel have lived through 'interesting times'. In this book the author shows how closely the history of the railways has been tied to upheavals in the Middle East.
Maps in the book include Railways in Palestine built before 1914, Turkish built railways of First World War, British built railways of First World War, Lydda 1918, Palestine Railways 1920, Showing proposed extensions of 1935 around Tel Aviv, Palestine Railways in the Second World War, and Israel Railways, and chapters include:
Jaffa to Jerusalem & the Valley Railway
The Great War
Palestine Railways (1920 - 1939)
The Second World War and After (1939-1948)
An Industrial Miscellany
Appendices include Locomotives, Passenger coaches, Timetables, and Summary of principal lines
The condition of the book is generally very good. The dust jacket has one or two minor scuffs but is clean and bright, the spine is tight and intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound.