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Railroads Across North America: An Illustrated Historyby Claude Wiatrowski
Synopses & Reviews
From the first steam-powered locomotives of the early nineteenth century to the high-speed commuter trains of today, the American railroad has been a great engine powering the nations growth and industry.
Book News Annotation:
Filled with period photographs, vintage advertising, postcards, and other images, this big volume (9.25x12.25") surveys the many railroad companies that once served across the U.S. A lifelong railroad buff, Wiatrowski has written extensively and made videos on historic railroads. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
A lavish celebration of the glory and grandeur of the great American railroad, from the first steam-powered trains of the early 19th century to the high-speed commuter trains of today.
In this lavish celebration of the glory and grandeur that are the great North American railroads, author Claude Wiatrowski examines the development of the industry with nearly 90 features covering more than three dozen railroads past and present, as well as dozens more subjects, including railroads in film and music, specialty railroads, life and travel on the rails, and much more.
Wiatrowski, a rail author and award winning video producer, generously illustrates the text with an array of material, including vintage black and white and modern color photographs, period advertisements, maps, brochures, timetables, postcards, posters, menus, and other collectibles--nearly 600 pieces in all, many of them rarely seen! Also included are a list of Web resources and contact information for museums, preserved railways, and historic sites throughout the United States and Canada.
About the Author
Claude Wiatrowski has written or contributed photos to several books on railroading as well as Colorado history. He is the author of Railroads of Colorado, published by Voyageur Press in 2002. Dr. Wiatrowski also produces videos on historic railroads. His productions have won Telly and Teddy awards and one was selected for the Library of Congress Local Legacies Program. He lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 The Right Stuff
Chapter 2 Robber Baron Boom
Chapter 3 Depression and Decline
Chapter 4 Integration and Disintegration
Chapter 5 The Right Stuff, Again Appendix A Historical Societies and Other Railroad Organizations Appendix B Preserved Railways, Museums, and Historic Sites
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