Synopses & Reviews
The image of a little red caboose following along behind a long, slow freight train is a classic slice of Americana. This collection traces the development of this iconic bygone piece of rolling stock, from the nineteenth century to the caboose’s almost total demise by the mid-1990s. Hundreds of marvelous modern and historical images depict cabooses of all colors and design at work across the United States and parts of Canada and in the process take in the grand geographic and operational scope of North American railroading. The photography is accompanied by detailed captions discussing evolution, construction, application, and locations depicted. • Features more than 200 modern and vintage color photographs• Includes all key North American railroading regions and dozens of railroads• Traces the evolution of the major caboose types• Provides detailed captions explaining the hardware and its application
The image of a little red caboose trundling along behind a long freight train is a classic slice of Americana. With the help of nearly 300 marvelous modern and historical images depicting cabooses of all colors, this collection traces the development of this iconic, bygone rolling stock from the nineteenth century to their almost total demise by the mid-1990s. Bobber, cupola, bay window, and transfer cabooses are shown at work across the United States, in the process presenting the grand geographic scope of North American railroading. The photography is accompanied by detailed captions discussing caboose construction, function, history, and locations depicted.
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.