George Behrend

Born in Burghclere on 10 January 1922. Educated at public shool and Hertford College Oxford. Graduated in 1942 and served in North Africa during WW2. Author of several books on luxury railway travel and on Benjamin Britten and Stanley Spencer. Acted as chauffeur  for Britten and Pears. Moved to Findochty with his wife and died in a nursing home in Cullen on 12 July 2010 (obituary in The Scotsman). There is a self-published autobigraphy: An unexpected life. KPJ accepts that this was a major gap in steamindex.


Gone with regret: recollections of the Great Western Railway 1922-47. Lambarde Press, 1964. 193pp

Don't knock the Southern. Leicester: Midland, 1993.

Yatakli-vagon : Turkish steam travel with Vincent Kelly.

Night Ferry : a tribute to Britain's only international through train, 1936-1980. with Gary Buchanan. St. Martin: Jersey Artists, 1985.

Hof steam : one of the world's fastest .St Martin Jersey, C.I. : Jersey Artists Ltd, 1972.

Steam over Switzerland Jersey. St Martin, Jersey, C.I. : Jersey Artists Ltd, 1973.

Grand European expresses : the story of the Wagons-Lits. Allen & Unwin, 1962. 259p

The history of Wagons-Lits, 1875-1955. Modern Transport Publishing Co, 1959.  33pp

Pullman in Europe. Ian Allan, 1962.

Railway holiday in France. David & Charles; Macdonald & Co, 1964.  189pp

Railway holiday in Switzerland. David & Charles; Macdonald & Co, 1965. 182pp

History of trains de luxe. Glossop: Transport Publishing, c1977.  232pp

An unexpected life. Buckie: Author, 2007.
Features Benjamin Britten and Stanley Spencer