Book reviews

Maghreb Rail

by Marcel Vleugels

The complex history of the railways of North Africa was influenced by cultural, geographic and economic factors, including the unrealised dream of completing a rail link across the Sahara desert. Following the second world war, phosphate traffic helped revitalise some lines, whilst others disappeared. In 220 pages of Dutch text with copious illustrations, Marcel Vleugels provides a overview of railway history in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya, drawing on field research as well as archival sources, with particular emphasis on locomotives and rolling stock.

ISBN 90-73280-06-0 Available at 89·90 guilders from 'T Nijvere Lezerke, Postbus 233, NL-6400 AE Heerlen, Netherlands.

Fax +31 43 451 1949

Bahn 2000 - Rail 2000

by Jean-Pierre Weibel, Philippe Claude and Daniel Quinche

This glossy paperback in French and German celebrates progress on Swiss Federal Railways' ambitious investment programme, which is now due for completion in 2004. The opening chapters cover the transformation of SBB into a limited company, and set the scene. Subsequent chapters cover individual projects such as the Mattstetten - Rothrist new line, Zürich remodelling, and the IC2000 double-deck trainsets and ICN tilting trains.

Les Editions Grands Travaux SA, Rue du XXXI Décembre 42, Case Postale 6204, CH-1211 Genève 6, Switzerland.

Fax: +41 22 737 4009

Railways: An Integrated Approach to Engineering & Operations

Rail Travel: Improving the Passenger Interface

Advancement & Integration of Communication Systems

Selected papers from these specialist conferences in 1999 and 1998 are now available at £50, £90 and £70 respectively. ERA Technology Ltd, Cleeve Road, Leatherhead, Surrey KT22 7SA, Great Britain.

Fax: +44 1372 377927

Railway Engineering

by Prof V A Profillidis

First published in 1995 (RG11.95 p794), this useful overview of basic railway engineering has been updated and revised to include a synopsis of current technology and scientific analysis.

ISBN 0 7546 1279 1 £55·00. Ashgate Publishing Ltd, Gower House, Croft Road, Aldershot, Hampshire GU11 3HR, Great Britain.

Fax: +44 1252 368595

Direct sales from: Bookpoint Ltd, 39 Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon OX14 4TD, Great Britain.

Fax: +44 1235 400454