Steam in Europe 1894-1947 The photographs of Lodewijk Derens


Lodewijk Derens (1880-1956) was the first photographer of steam locomotives in the Netherlands and a pioneer on the European continent. His first photograph was taken in 1894 and and the last in 1947.

Derens was most active between 1910 and 1938, a period in which he also travelled to Belgium, France, Britain, Germany and Austria to record the steam railway scene in those countries. The largest number of photographs are of Dutch subjects, but Britain and Belgium both also feature prominently, and the treasure trove of pictures reproduced in this book gives a good impression of the immense variety of steam locomotives in service during the first half of the 20th century, some handsome, others rather less so.

Remmo Statius Muller and Guus Veenendaal have lovingly restored surviving negatives and conducted extensive research for the informative captions accompanying the 233 photographs for this book, originally published in Dutch. For this English edition, the text has been adapted for an international audience, and a brief introduction to the railway history of the Netherlands has been added. 248 pages A4, hardbound.