History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days. ~Winston Churchill

20 May, 2012

Travel by Eurail

The adventures of young student backpackers with Eurail passes, 1970. (many thanks to commenters who've helped identify some of the unnamed locations!)

Photographs from by Carlo Bavagnoli, from the LIFE archives. 


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American Eurail backpackers hang out at Amsterdam station, contemplating their next destination. Source



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Waiting to get on a Norwegian train. Source



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Passport check at the Swiss border. Source




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A view of a nice old train in Switzerland. Source



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Eating on the train. Source



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Hanging out at the station. Source



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Aboard a nicely windowed train. Source



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Regarding train schedules in Amsterdam. Source



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A view of a Portugese train station. Source



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Sleep on the train. Source



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Snacks. Source



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A dining car. Source



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A family on the train. Source



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A train station near Segovia, Spain. Source



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Tea on the train, with a view of the Kjosfossen on the Flåm railway in Norway. Source



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A dining car somewhere in Europe. Source



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A train in... the Alps, probably? Source



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Drinking some Coke on the train from Holland to Denmark. Source



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An office on the train? Not sure. Source



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A glimpse of an unidentified European town. Source



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A very 60s snack counter. Source



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Looking out from an observation deck in an Italian train. Source



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A beauty salon on a French train. Source



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A terrible shot of an unattractive view with beautiful light. Source



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A nap on the Oslo-Bergen train. Source



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A glimpse of a 1925 steam engine in Switzerland. Source



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Relaxing in the beatiful Abraham Kuypers Hal in the Amsterdam Central Station. Source



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Train speeding through Cologne. Source


7 comments:

Mike said...

Anna. Woh. Amazing.

What you've done is great.

I was looking for some photos to illustrate a new article on my blog about Eurail (among others) and rail travel by Europe.

The article I'm writing is about "what you miss on a plane", and I found your blog with this great images from LIFE.

And I'm amazed to see that trains in Europe are always one step beyond. The experience is amazing and it was always like that. Ie: a beauty salon on a french train!

Thanks!
Mike

Anna said...

Glad you've enjoyed them! It's a great series for "what you miss on a plane", for sure! Thanks!

Schimpen92 said...

Hi Anna,
nice pictures indeed! In case you still want to know where the trainstation in Portugal or Spain is (La Losas de Navas de Riofrio or something), if I am not mistaken it is in Spain, pretty close to Segovia.
The trainstation might still be in use even.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful pictures! The unidentified train station on one of the last photographs in the series is Amsterdam Central Station. I work there, the hall is called the Abraham Kuypers Hal.

Anna said...

Thank you so much for the additional information! I'll add that.

Jostein said...

The red train with a yellow stripe is a Norwegian wagon, and the picture by the waterfall is from Kjosfossen at the Flåm railway in Norway.

Anna said...

Thank you Jostein! I appreciate all the details commenters have given here!!

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