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Steam Power (Gallery)by Brian Solomon
Synopses & Reviews
No locomotives evoke the railroad’s golden age quite like the steam locomotives that plied the rails before diesel-electric power took over. With the help of more than 200 modern photographs depicting restored and preserved steam locomotives today, this collection traces the evolution of steam power from the early nineteenth century right up to the present. Covering every prominent wheel configuration as well as shrouded locomotives, the photographs take in the grand geographic and technological breadth of steam power across North America and in Europe. All photos are accompanied by detailed captions identifying the locomotives pictured and explaining their roles in the history of American motive power.
• All-color photography of preserved steam locomotives today
• Includes more than 200 photographs and dozens of models
• Photography features every region of the United States, as well as parts of Europe • Detailed captions explain design and history
Book News Annotation:
More than 200 color photographs of preserved steam locomotives are included in this volume for railroad enthusiasts, with nearly every type of wheel configuration, design and technology represented. Solomon, a noted railroad historian, details a variety of train designs from Europe and the United States in the text and describes the evolution of steam power from the first locomotives in the early 19th century to the present day. An introductory essay on the growth of the railroad industry in the Eastern United States is also included. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
More than 250 modern photographs of restored and preserved steam locomotives trace the evolution of steam power through North American railroading’s golden age.
With more than 250 modern photographs of restored and preserved steam locomotives, this book traces the evolution of steam power from the early nineteenth century to the demise of steam after World War II and offers a powerful pictorial history of the railroad’s golden age. Featuring every prominent wheel configuration as well as shrouded “streamlined” locomotives, Steam Power conveys the grand geographic and technological breadth of North American railroading.
They steamed westward with America, carrying goods and people to the new frontier. They powered through the industrial revolution, moving with the times. And they transported a nation in motion, soldiers and settlers and immigrants, captains of industry and itinerant laborers. These were the steam locomotives that ruled the rails and kept America moving and working for more than a century.
Pictured here in more than 250 modern photographs of restored and preserved models, these locomotives evoke the railroad’s golden age and stand as a powerful reminder of the industry’s might. The book offers a pictorial history of the evolution of steam power from the early nineteenth century to the demise of steam power after World War II; detailed captions identify each pictured locomotive and explain its role in the history of American motive power. Featuring every prominent wheel configuration as well as shrouded “streamlined” locomotives, Steam Power conveys the grand geographic and technological breadth of North American railroading.
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
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