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Steve Barry is the editor of Railfan and Railroad. He is the author of Rail Power and 30 other books about US railroads and has been quoted in The New York Times as a railroad expert. He lives in New Jersey.



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The Early Years

The Heavyweights

Pullmans and more

The Streamliners

Demise and remnants

- Growing popularity in transportation museums and railroad musuems reaching 14 million vistiors/year: Baltimore; St. Paul; NYC; SF; Sacramento; Carona, KS; Washington DC; Golden, CO; Roanoke, VA; East Windsor, CT; Durango, CO; East Troy, WI; Denver, CO; Huntsville, AL; Brinnell, IA, Union, IL; French Lick, IN; New Haven, KY; Baldwin City, KS; Monticello, IL; Green Bay, WI; Ely, NV; Snoqualmie, WA; Worthington, OH; Brooks, OR; Owls Head, ME; Washington, PA; Lansing, MI.

Hundreds of local railroad enthusiasts organizations can be found via the Railfan network:

There are more than 176 local member sites listed on the Railfan webpage with 1500 backlinks, 3 million visitors, and dozens of specialty magazines on the rails listed.

Bookshops in Amtrack Train Stations have millions of riders: Penn Sta (NYC) 5 million; Union (DC) 4 mill; 30th St Sta (Philly) 4 mill; Union Sta (Chicago) 3 mil; Union (LA) 1.6 mil; South Sta (Boston) 1.3 mil; Sacramento 1.1 mil; Penn Sta (Baltimore) 1 mil; Albany 900k; Union (San Diego) 800k; Union (New Haven) 800k; Wilmington 700k; King Street (Seattle) 700k; Union Sta (Portland) 600k; Penn Sta (Newark) 600k; BWI (MD) 600k; Irvine 600k; Providence RI 600k; Milwaukee 600k; Harrisburg PA 600k; Emeryville CA 600k; Back Bay (Boston) 500k; Bakersfield 500k; North Bay (Boston) 500k.

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For the century after 1865 all the largest railroad companies had flagship luxury trains, spectacularly appointed steamliners offering unrivaled standards of service and thoughtful amenities including ladies’ perfume and carnations for gentlemen. These luxury trains transported well-heeled passengers in grand style across spectacular American landscapes in an atmosphere of privilege and elegance. Including the iconic Super Chief of the Sante Fe Railway and New York Central System’s fabled 20th Century Limited, they became legends in their day and for decades after their last runs. This beautifully illustrated book allows readers to experience the exhilarating journeys, the exquisitely designed train cars and the vintage advertisements and posters that together made up the passenger’s experience during this golden age of train travel – an age still remembered and celebrated today.

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Barry, Steve
Shire Publications
Railroads - History
Railroads - General
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Trade paper
Shire Library
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30 B/W; 40 COLOR
8.26 x 5.87 x 0.19 in 0.34 lb

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Transportation » Railroads » Pictorials
Transportation » Railroads » Travel

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