Aurum Press, 1st ed., 2014. 256 pp., numerous photo-ills., maps & plans (some cold.). D.j., 25 x 19cm. FINE. Without the railways for the Great Powers, the most terrible conflict the world has ever known would have taken a very different form - if it had happened at all. In a remarkable historical railway journey through Britain and Europe, the author tells the story of the men and women who manned the tracks and the trains, and who relied on them to get them to battle and back home again. Drawing on diaries, memoirs and archive material he reveals the personal stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things and pays tribute to their overlooked contribution. Supported with remarkable illustrations and photography, the author interweaves memories of his own present-day travels by train with diary excerpts of ambulance train nurses, returning POWs, drivers that put their lives in danger for everyone on board and other key voices. He takes the reader from the secret planning rooms in Berlin, through to the killing fields of the trenches, as well as the home fronts of the key combatants. Looking at defining moments of railway history on both sides of the Great War there builds a unique and human picture of a wartime railway across Europe.