The year 1827 marked the completion of the United States’ first railroad--and the beginning of a transformation of American life. This book, spanning nearly two centuries, offers an exhilarating tour of the railways’ inroads into the economy, society, and culture of North America.
Illustrated with more than 400 historical and modern photographs and period advertisements, The Complete Book of North American Railroading takes readers back to the birth of the railroads, then travels through the “Golden Age” from 1900 to 1950 and on to the railways of our day. Locomotives, from steam to electric and diesel; passenger travel; freight operations; and infrastructure, including stations, bridges, depots, roundhouse, railyards, and signaling are all thoroughly examined and amply illustrated. Authors Kevin EuDaly and Mike Schafer delve into the history, the culture, and the technology of the railroads as they have carried travelers across the continent, brought goods to market, connected businesses in peacetime and war, and enriched the canon of American folklore and the quality of everyday life.
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For more than 150 years, railroads have transformed everyday life in North America—bringing goods to market, carrying travelers across the continent, seeing us through wars, enriching our folklore, and proving indispensable to our economic, industrial, and social infrastructures. And that’s not to mention the mind-bending technologies and machines that railroads have spawned.
Illustrated with more than 400 rare historical and modern photographs and period advertisements, The Complete Book of North American Railroading celebrates the people and machines that have made this growth possible. In these pages, a cast of railroading authorities team up to tackle the industry’s genesis, the development of steam, electric, and diesel-electric locomotives, the golden age of passenger travel, workhorse freight haulers, railroad infrastructure, and modern railroading operations.
It would be impossible to imagine the rapid growth of the United States and Canada without railroads. From the industry’s first tentative steps in the early nineteenth century to the railways of our day, here is a fitting celebration to that legacy—an all-encompassing tome for hardcore railfans and casual enthusiasts alike.From the Back Cover:
Illustrated with more than 400 rare photographs, The Complete Book of North American Railroading takes readers from to the birth of the railroads in the early nineteenth century through their Golden Age from 1900 to 1950 and on to the railways of today. Locomotive technology, key historical figures, passenger travel, freight operations, infrastructure, modern railroading, and of course the railroads themselves are examined as the team of authorities assembled here tackle this vast subject. The result is a wonderfully illustrated celebration and an all-encompassing tome sure to appeal to hardcore railfans and casual enthusiasts alike.
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Descrizione libro Voyageur Press, 2009. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P11076032848X
Descrizione libro Voyageur Press. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. 076032848X New Condition. Codice libro della libreria NEW6.0960136