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Milwaukee Road Remembered (Fesler-Lampert Minnesota Heritage Books)by Jim Scribbins
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Dozens of archival photographs enhance this historical account of the Milwaukee Road railroad line and its pioneering set of streamlined steam locomotives that were capable of sustaining speeds of 100 miles per hour over long distances. Scribbins, a former employee of Milwaukee Road and noted author, outlines the innovative technologies that used steam, electricity and diesel power to propel these locomotives along their 914-mile trek from Indiana to the Puget Sound. The author describes the efforts it took to get this line off the drawing board and onto the rails, and also provides details on the everyday operations of the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad for general audiences, especially for anyone who has ever traveled on these specific trains. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Originaly published: Waukesha, WI: Kalmbach Books, c1990.
The Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific was a railroad with a big personality. For a time it offered the world’s fastest steam-powered passenger trains. Extending from Indiana to Puget Sound, it crossed five mountain ranges in Montana, Idaho, and Washington. It was also the first railroad to prove the feasibility of long distance movement of heavy trains by electricity. All-welded freight and passenger cars were pioneered in its shops, and Milwaukee Road mechanical engineers planned the first streamlined steam locomotives intended for sustained 100 mph speeds. In Milwaukee Road Remembered eminent railway historian Jim Scribbins provides a richly illustrated history of the unique challenges and successes of this storied railroad.
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