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A different track : hospital trains of the Second World War  Cover Image Book Book

A different track : hospital trains of the Second World War / Alexandra Kitty.

Kitty, Alexandra. (Author).


"This fascinating book looks at the largely unknown history of hospital trains, which wound their way across the scarred landscapes of war-weary Europe, and the doctors and nurses who risked their lives treating patients from all sides of the conflict. Railroads played an integral role in the Second World War. Trains brought food, munitions, and essential supplies. They transported troops. They were a means of escape for those fleeing persecution. At the same, they were used to transport innocent people to their deaths. Yet there was one kind of train that improved the chances of survival every time they rolled through the battle-worn towns and cities of the European theatre of war. Hospital trains were not a new concept in the Second World War, but their use was instrumental in this most deadly conflict of the twentieth century. Regular passenger trains were converted into mobile emergency wards tending to the critically wounded. It was an elegant solution, as train cars could be refitted with tier beds, and supplies could be easily transported along with medical staff. A Different Track introduces readers to the world of hospital trains of the Second World War. From the nurses who ran them to the factories that manufactured them, this book looks at how these trains quietly altered the fortunes of the world. From Canada's contributions to the role of women who both healed the sick and built the trains, this is a fascinating look at one of the hidden nuggets of history."-- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9781772034578 (pbk.)
  • Physical Description: 199 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
  • Publisher: Surrey, BC : Heritage House Publishing, 2023.

Content descriptions

Formatted Contents Note:
Preface -- [1] In Chaos, There is Order -- [2] A Brief History of Hospital Trains -- [3] The Evolution of Hospital Trains -- [4] The Trains of the Second World War -- [5] The Nurses -- [6] The Doctors -- [7] The Patients -- [8] The Battles -- [9] The Future Is Past -- [10] The Secret Social -- [11] The Image -- [12] The Legacy.
Subject: Hospital trains > Europe > History > 20th century.
World War, 1939-1945 > Medical care > Europe.
Transport of sick and wounded > Europe > History > 20th century.
Women nurses > Europe > History > 20th century.
World War, 1939-1945 > Women > History > 20th century.

Available copies

  • 2 of 3 copies available at BC Interlibrary Connect. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Prince Rupert Library.


  • 0 current holds with 3 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Holdable? Status Due Date
Prince Rupert Library 940.5475 Kitt (Text) 33294002176089 Adult Non-Fiction Volume hold Available -

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