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Railroads of California: The Complete Guide to Historic Trains and Railway Sitesby Brian Solomon
Synopses & Reviews
This wonderfully illustrated book celebrates Golden State railroading, offering a colorful look at California’s legendary railroads, the men who built and ran them, and the engineering feats that made them possible, and the legacy those railroads have left in the form of the state’s historic tourist roads and museums, as well as modern railroad operations.
In addition to examining historic railroads irrevocably linked with California, most notably the Southern Pacific, Railroads of California features coverage of excursion roads and museums such as Railtown 1897 State Historic Park and the famed California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento. Also included is coverage of modern “real” railroad sites and operations such Donner Pass, Feather River Canyon, Tehachapi and Cajon passes, the railroad hub of Barstow, scenic and state-sponsored Amtrak service along the Pacific Coast, and the iconic Los Angeles Union Station. With marvelous modern color photography, historic black-and-white imagery, and a specially commissioned map, the book is a historical, pictorial tour by rail of one of the nation’s top railroading states.
Book News Annotation:
This guide to California's historic train and railway sites features a detailed history of the Golden State's railroad industry, surveys of freight and passenger train routes and suggestions for railway museum tours and excursions. Solomon, a noted railroad historian, includes photographs from archival and modern sources to assist general readers and railroad enthusiasts in planning an informative trip. Specially commissioned railroad maps of both Northern and Southern California are included. Oversize: 11.25x9". Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
A beautifully illustrated look at California’s legendary railroads, the men and engineering feats behind them, and their legacy of historic tourist roads and museums.
About the Author
Brian Solomon is one of today’s most accomplished railway historians. He has authored more than 30 books about railroads and motive power, and his writing and photography have been featured in Trains, Railway Age, Passenger Train Journal, and RailNews. Solomon divides his time between Monson, Massachusetts, and Dublin, Ireland.
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