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A HISTORY OF SPANISH RAILWAYS: VOLUME ONE - EUZKADI, NAVARRA AND EASTERN CANTABRIA By MIKE BENT
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A dense rural and urban population, rich farmland, abundant timber resources, and diverse and plentiful minerals were all factors that contrived to endow the four provinces of Bizkaia, Gipuzkoa,... More > Áraba and Navarra with numerous and varied rail-based transport systems. In this book we trace the history of these railways. Starting with the 1,674 mm gauge trunk line from Madrid to the French border - a phenomenal engineering feat completed in just eight years - and its branch from Miranda del Ebro to Bilbao, we subsequently examine the evolution of the great complementary web of metre gauge public railways, many of which are still with us. Separate chapters are devoted to the urban and interurban tramways, funiculars and public lifts of Donostia and Bilbao. Finally, we consider the plethora of industrial and mineral transport systems - railways, inclined planes, ropeways, endless chain railways - and even a monorail!< Less
THE BERGEN TO KIRKENES HURTIGRUTE By MIKE BENT
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Each evening of the year a ship leaves Bergen on an 11-day voyage which will take her up the Norwegian coast far beyond the Arctic Circle and to within a stone's throw of the Russian border at the... More > iron ore mining town of Kirkenes. En route she will visit 35 different ports and cover a distance of close on 2,500 nautical miles. In summer she sails in almost continuous daylight; in midwinter much of the journey is realised in darkness or varying shades of twilight. The Hurtigrute (Coastal Express) still performs similar functions to those the Post Office's first mail steamers did 180 years ago, and offers the traveller from abroad a unique insight into everyday life on the Long Coast - an insight denied to coach tour participants and those who visit Norway on cruise liners.< Less
CANTABRIAN SUMMER, BALTIC WINTER By MIKE BENT
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Holidaying in Cantabria, Tamara von Rosenberg befriends freelance website creator Martin Haynes. Their time together is cut short when Tamara learns that her widower father is dying following an... More > inexplicable car accident on a remote Polish country lane. While trying to solve the mystery of his death, Tamara perseveres with her late parents' ambition to turn a decaying mansion on the Baltic coast into a nursing home. She finds that some individuals will stop at nothing to wrest the property from her hands. Poland plunges into a bleak, bitter winter of political chaos amid growing opposition to the Government's pro-EU stance. Nationalistic feelings run high. Historic feuds are reawakened. With French, German, Polish and Armenian blood, and a surname betraying her Ostpreußen ancestry, Tamuna discovers that staying alive in remote Rybkowo is a formidable challenge. Especially when those who would see her suffer in order to further their own ends arrange for her house-guest Martin to be 'deported' . . .< Less
THE STATIONMISTRESS (APPENDICES) By MIKE BENT
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The companion volume to my novel 'The Stationmistress', containing FESUO timetables, route diagrams, maps, and other useful bits of information about the company. I was unable to upload it to lulu as... More > a single file together with the main text (no Broadband in this valley and 5.5 MB was too much for the system!), but in the end producing two separate volumes works out better - you can read the story and simultaneously have the maps, route diagrams and suchlike open at the appropriate page(s)!< Less