The Rise and Fall of the European Sleeper Train

Andrew Martin
Victoria Hall
26 Nov 2019 8:00pm - 9:30pm

Andrew Martin, author and broadcaster

In this talk based on his book, Night Trains: the rise and fall of the sleeper, Andrew Martin combines the history of the European sleeper train with accounts of his own journeys on some of those that still survive.  He searches (usually without success) for traces of the old Wagons-lits glamour, evoked in the novels of Graham Greene and Agatha Christie.

Andrew Martin’s books have tended to fall into two categories: non-fiction about railways, and crime novels, some of which (the Jim Stringer series) also feature trains. He has just completed a short book about seat moquettes on London Tubes, buses and trams. His latest novel, The Winker, is set in London and France during the hot summer of 1976.

Lectures are held in the Victoria Hall on Tuesdays at 8.00pm.  Doors open for members and for guests of Friends and Benefactors at 7.30pm.  Non-members will be admitted at 7.50pm, space permitting.   The hall is fitted with a RNID induction loop.