The Great Railroad Revolution: The History of Trains in
America was made by the railroads. The opening of the Baltimore & Ohio line––the first American railroad––in the 1830s sparked a national revolution in the way that people lived thanks to the speed and convenience of train travel. Promoted by visionaries and built through heroic effort, the American railroad network was bigger in every sense than Europe’s, and facilitated everything from long-distance travel to commuting and transporting goods to waging war. It united far-flung parts of the country, boosted economic development, and was the catalyst for America’s rise to world-power status.Every American town, great or small, aspired to be connected to a railroad and by the turn of the century, almost every American lived within easy access of a station. By the early 1900s, the United States was covered in a latticework of more than 200,000 miles of railroad track and a series of magisterial termini, all built and controlled by the biggest corporations in the land. The railroads dominated the American landscape for more than a hundred years but by the middle of the twentieth century, the automobile, the truck, and the airplane had eclipsed the railroads and the nation started to forget them. In The Great Railroad Revolution, renowned railroad expert Christian Wolma...
- ASIN: 1610393473
The Great Railway Bazaar: By Train Through
First published more than thirty years ago, Paul Theroux's strange, unique, and hugely entertaining railway odyssey has become a modern classic of travel literature. Here Theroux recounts his early adventures on an unusual grand continental tour. Asia's fabled trains -- the Orient Express, the Khyber Pass Local, the Frontier Mail, the Golden Arrow to Kuala Lumpur, the Mandalay Express, the Trans-Siberian Express -- are the stars of a journey that takes him on a loop eastbound from London's Victoria Station to Tokyo Central, then back from Japan on the Trans-Siberian. Brimming with Theroux's signature humor and wry observations, this engrossing chronicle is essential reading for both the ardent adventurer and the armchair traveler.
- Brand: Theroux, Paul
- ASIN: 0618658947
- UPC: 046442658942
Great American Railroad
“Michael Portillo can be seen on screens on his second railway journey across the United States. His first took in historic East Coast sites, but these new travels are broader in scope, from the cities of the Atlantic coast to vibrant San Francisco, via Chicago, Colorado, New Mexico, and the Deep South. His route is informed by the 19th-century Appletons’ guidebooks, but if you’d like something a little more up-to-date, pick up Great American Railroad Journeys and follow in Portillo’s train tracks.” —Radio Times This official, lavishly illustrated BBC-produced tie-in to the Great American Railway Journeys series—soon to air on PBS—captures Michael Portillo's epic journey across the United States.Michael Portillo embarks by train on an epic journey from New York and Boston to the deep south of Atlanta and New Orleans, and then on to Chicago, Colorado, New Mexico, and ultimately San Francisco. Truly a colorful and exciting collection of essays and vignettes that celebrate the rich history and expansion of nineteenth-century North America, Great American Railway Journeys is a must-have purchase for any armchair traveler and fans of nineteenth-century US history.
- Brand: SIMON SCHUSTER
- ASIN: 1471151514
Harriman vs. Hill: Wall Street’s Great Railroad
In 1901, the Northern Pacific was an unlikely prize: a twice-bankrupt construction of the federal government, it was a two-bit railroad (literally—five years back, its stock traded for twenty-five cents a share). But it was also a key to connecting eastern markets through Chicago to the rising West. Two titans of American railroads set their sights on it: James J. Hill, head of the Great Northern and largest individual shareholder of the Northern Pacific, and Edward Harriman, head of the Union Pacific and the Southern Pacific. The subsequent contest was unprecedented in the history of American enterprise, pitting not only Hill against Harriman but also Big Oil against Big Steel and J. P. Morgan against the Rockefellers, with a supporting cast of enough wealthy investors to fill the ballroom of the Waldorf Astoria. The story, told here in full for the first time, transports us to the New York Stock Exchange during the unfolding of the earliest modern-day stock market panic. Harriman vs. Hill re-creates the drama of four tumultuous days in May 1901, when the common stock of the Northern Pacific rocketed from one hundred ten dollars a share to one thousand in a mere seventeen hours of trading—the result of an inadvertent “corner” caused by the opposing forces. Panic followed...
- ASIN: 0816683646
The Great Railroad War: United States Railway Operations During World War
World War I was the first worldwide conflict of its kind, requiring mass mobilizations at unrivaled levels. Tasked to move troops, equipment, ammunition, and supplies around the clock, American railroads were pushed to the precipice of failure. Despite the difficulties, American railroads and railroaders had a profound impact on the war effort. This book is the story of the unpreparedness of the railroads for an unprecedented war, the 1918 government takeover to ensure safety and peak operating efficiency, and the subsequent relinquishment of the railroads with the groundbreaking Transportation Act of 1920. Daniels discusses the operational details of United States rail shipments both at home and abroad, and how these operations interplayed and overlapped with military operations in France and Russia. Experience the unsung war of the twentieth century - The Great Railroad War.
- ASIN: 0996696334
Blind Tom: The Horse Who Helped Build the Great
Everyone knows that trains helped build the West, but few know the story of Blind Tom, a sightless workhorse who pulled flatcars for construction crews on the world’s first transcontinental rail-road. Stalwartly pulling his heavy load through rain, mud, and snow, Tom contributed in his own way to American history.Although Tom was blind, his strength and spirit led him to be chosen as the lead horse for the Union Pacific line. Hardworking, patient, and loyal, he was the pride of the UPRR. Telegraph operators tracked the rail workers’ daily progress by asking, “Where’s BlindTom today?” He even became a minor celebrity as reporters around the country picked up the story of the tenacious blind horse.As informative as it is entertaining, this charmingly illustrated book includes a map of the railroad route, a “Things to Know” page, and a list of museums and Web sites with information about railroad history.
- Brand: Brand: Mountain Press Publishing Company
- ASIN: 0878425586
Great Railroad Tunnels of North
Describing and detailing the boring of major railroad tunnels throughout Canada, the United States, and Mexico, this book covers the period from the creation of Virginia's Blue Ridge Tunnel in the 1850s to Copper Canyon's Continental and El Descanso tunnels in the early 1960s. Other notable tunnels featured here include Massachusetts' notoriously expensive and slow-progressing Hoosac Tunnel; Colorado's rail and water Moffat Tunnel; Montana's Flathead Tunnel; and several major tunnels along the Canadian Pacific's main line. In addition to providing details on the tunnels, the author considers the reasons they were created, their engineers, and their use. The book includes more than 50 period and contemporary photos. A glossary explains concepts related to railroad construction and maintenance.
- ASIN: 0786459514
The Great Railroad Race: The Diary of Libby West, Utah Territory 1868 (Dear America
As the daughter of a newspaper reporter, fourteen-year-old Libby keeps a diary account of the exciting events surrounding her during the building of the Transcontinental Railroad in the West in 1868.
- ASIN: 059010991X
Great Northern Railway - Route of the Empire
The Great Northern Railway (GN) main line stretched 1,700 miles from St. Paul, Minnesota, to Seattle, Washington, and was the most northern transcontinental railroad in the United States. In addition, GN branch lines stretched north from the Twin Cities to Superior and the Minnesota Iron Ore Range, and from Grand Forks, North Dakota, to Winnipeg, Manitoba; through Montana to Great Falls, Helena and Butte, and from Seattle to Vancouver, British Columbia. Other popular Great Northern passenger trains were the Badger-Gopher (St. Paul-Superior-Duluth), Dakotan (St. Paul-Minot), Cascadian (Seattle-Spokane), Red River (St. Paul-Grand Forks), Internationals (Seattle-Vancouver) and Winnipeg Limited (St. Paul-Winnipeg). Historic images include 4-4-0 steam locomotive William Crooks, the first steam locomotive to operate in Minnesota. Like other railroads, Great Northern purchased diesel locomotives from Electro-Motive Division consisting of the FT, F3, F7 and E7. Later models were U25B, U28B, U33C, SDP40, SDP45 and the first SD45 named “Hustle Muscle.” Also pictured are boxcab Z-1, Y-1 and W-1 electric locomotives.
- Brand: Brand: Iconografix, Inc.
- ASIN: 1583883029
America's Great Railroad
An evocative and stunning photographic tribute to America's railroad stations. For much of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the railroad station or depot was the communal hub of every American town that could boast of train service. There, citizens gathered before they sent loved ones off to college, marriage, or war-and where they greeted them on their return. Most of these buildings were architectural gems, and while many are still in service, certain others now house museums, banks, restaurants, and more. In fact, in cities like Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia, renovated stations are destinations unto themselves even for those not boarding the train. And in other places, whole sections of towns have been remade around these structures, restoring their vitality in novel and interesting ways long after the last train has left the station.In America's Great Railroad Stations, award-winning photographer Roger Straus III, and two lifelong railroad buffs, Ed Breslin and Hugh Van Dusen, join forces to tell the astonishing story of these enduring structures and the important role they still play in the country's landscape. Journeying from the Pennsylvania Railroad to the Union Pacific to Michigan Central and more, readers will be dazzled by the Beaux Arts monuments of ...
- ASIN: 0670023116
Florida's Great Ocean Railway
The building of Henry Flagler's Florida East Coast Railway extension over water to Key West from 1905 to 1916 was s triumph of engineering and logistics. The Keys were remote and with little means of communication. The massive amounts of materials had to be moved with steam power. This book tells the story of the planners and their plan and its execution. It has 250 old photos, most of which have never been published before.
- ASIN: 1561647098
SPV's Comprehensive Railroad Atlas of North America, Great Lakes West
75 maps covering the UP, Wisconsin, Illinois and the rail hubs of Chicago & St. Louis. The Steam Powered Video series is the most comprehensive and up-to-date railroad atlas available. Each atlas has detector locations, open/closed stations and many more railroad details. This revised edition of the Great Lakes West atlas incorporates all line changes, mergers, ownership changes and abandonments since the first edition was published in 1995. It also includes, for the first time for this region, the interurban electric railroads and logging railroads.
- ASIN: B000Q8QHAI
Great Northern Railway: A Photo History
This new edition of Great Northern Railway includes the best images from the previous two-volume set originally published in 1998, and have been improved vastly over that version. The photographs in this collection were taken during the years following WW ll until the Great Northern became part of the new Burlington Northern in 1970. While the original books were printed in black-and-white, this new edition contains new color photos taken by the author during the 1950s and 1960s. Railroad and history lovers won’t want to miss this!
- ASIN: 1583883541
Great Railroad Series: The Turbine Locomotive: (Classic Train Stories) (Volume
As #6200 sits forlornly in a scrapyard in the town of Crestline, Ohio, he thinks back to when he was younger and very much unique. He had been the great hope of the Pennsylvania Railroad when he was built, but due to some problems with his design and the new diesel engines making an appearance, he was now all but redundant.That is, until one day a diesel engine couples onto him and starts towing him away.Where is #6200 going? What will be his fate?See where #6200 ends up and what his new life will be like, as the absorbing tale of the Ozark Mountain Railroad continues its legend of saving old engines from the breakers yard with this engaging and beautifully illustrated story.Young children and adults alike will be captivated by the thrills and excitement of this fabulous bedtime read.
- ASIN: 1732035539
A Great and Shining Road: The Epic Story of the Transcontinental
The Epic Story of the Transcontinental Railroad.
- ASIN: 0803297890
The Great Railroad Race: The Diary of Libby West, Utah Territory 1868 (Dear
As the daughter of a newspaper reporter, fourteen-year-old Libby keeps a diary account of the exciting events surrounding her during the building of the railroad in the West in 1868. "May 5, 1869 "Late this afternoon our track-layers arrived at the Summit! The Union Pacific engine came to a stop with a loud release of steam. Facing it, on another sidetrack, was California's locomotive. Both engines greeted each other with a sharp whistle. "Finally. It was the first time the trains from the Pacific coast and the Atlantic coast had met, and I saw it with my own eyes! We cheered with excitement, men threw their hats in the air, ladies waved handkerchiefs, and Joe ran wild with some other boys ... "Everyone is still waiting for Mr. Durant and the others to arrive. Then workers will lay the final half mile -- that's just about 2,500 feet."
- ASIN: 197574232X
SPV's comprehensive railroad atlas of North America: Great Lakes
The SPV Railroad atlases provide a single source of reference to the North American rail network, past and present. They are widely recognized by rail fans, railroad historians, and professionals as the industry standard. Each sheet is drawn to a constant scale of 8 miles to 1 inch for easy distance comparisons with 2 miles to 1 inch enlargements of complex areas. All extant rail lines are shown together with stations, junctions, yards, principle bridges and tunnels. Former lines, now abandoned, are also shown as well as ownership, current and past, and trackage rights. An index of stations is included. The atlases are printed on quality art paper with softcover and stitch bound for ease of use at trackside, each volume provides an average of 80 maps.
- Brand: Steam Powered
- ASIN: 1874745064
Great Northern Railway: A History (Fesler-Lampert Minnesota
In the sprawling Northwest, from the upper Mississippi River valley to Puget Sound, no railroad shaped the landscape and society like the Great Northern Railway Company. This is the complete history of that enterprise, from 1856, when the first charter was granted, through the era of James J. Hill-known as the Empire Builder-to its maturation and eventual merger in 1970, when the eight-thousand-mile Great Northern was incorporated into the massive Burlington Northern.The Great Northern Railway highlights the changes brought on by economic, political, social, and technological advances, including world wars, increased competition from other modes of transportation, and tighter government restrictions. The first part of the book (1856-1916) examines the railway's early strategies and philosophy, relations with employees, and vigorous campaigns to develop the service area. The second part of the history (1916-1970) offers an assessment of a dramatic period of transition for the railroad-international conflicts, the Great Depression, the rise of motor vehicles, increasing labor costs, and stronger unions.Illustrated with more than two hundred maps, period photographs, and drawings, the volume also includes appendixes listing the original track-laying history, track removals, ruling g...
- Brand: Brand: Univ Of Minnesota Press
- ASIN: 0816644292
The Great American Railroad War: How Ambrose Bierce and Frank Norris Took On the Notorious Central Pacific
- ASIN: B00779MUTQ
Great Western Railway: 150 Glorious Years: 150 Glorious
Possibly the best-loved and most publicized transport system in the world, the GWR is a legend in the world of locomotives. This detailed history shows just how the GWR earned its moniker, "God's Wonderful Railway." The editors have compiled an incredible volume, packed with memories and photographs that recall the locomotives, branch lines, summer Saturday peak traffic, GWR narrow gauge, and more to create a vivid picture of a unique time and place.
- ASIN: 0715387634
The National Dream: The Great Railway,
- ASIN: B0055PJ538
Great American Scenic Railroads: Durango & Silverton & Cumbres &
Chasms and curves, crevasses, gorges and perilous passes. Take a thrill ride on one of the most spectacular train lines in the country. Cumbres and Toltec - Climb aboard Mikado Steam Locomotive No. 488 for a historic ride on the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad over the dramatic landscape of northern New Mexico and southern Colorado.This product is manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media. Amazon.com's standard return policy will apply.
- ASIN: B003FSTV72
- UPC: 885444274015
The Great Northern Railway Through Time (America Through
The Great Northern Railway Through Time takes us on a tour of the American Northwest―the last American frontier―from St. Paul, Minnesota, to Seattle, Washington. The Great Northern opened up the Dakotas, Montana, Idaho, the dramatic Cascade Mountains of Washington and the Continental Divide at Marias Pass. President James J. Hill intended the Great Northern to be a freight hauling road, but tourists riding on the GN's premier passenger train, The Empire Builder were delighted by the prairie, the farmland, the Big Sky Country, the mountains, and Glacier National Park. The G.N.'s reputation grew. Today, Amtrak's Empire Builder traverses the same territory. The Great Northern Railway Through Time presents photos taken over the course of seventy five years by photographers of the era. The author has provided ample photo captions pointing out features that have changed over the years and features that have stayed the same. The early photos are fresh―never before published. The more recent shots were made by twenty of America's finest rail enthusiast photographers.
- ASIN: 1634990080
Great American Railroad
"[S]ociety so often allows masterpieces of architecture...to be destroyed or altered as though real estate ownership supersedes any other value system....The best railroad stations were conceived in the dreams of architects and civil engineers, and then brought to life by talented craftspeople....This guidebook is a tribute not only to those who built these stations, but also the railroaders who worked within the depots and on the platforms...." — Janet Greenstein Potter Bustling nerve centers of a dynamic young society on the move, grand last farewells and first welcomes for millions of weary travelers, enduring monuments to the birth of the world's first truly modern nation, railroad stations played a central role in the shaping of the United States and its unique culture. Now, in this, the definitive guide to America's great railroad stations, writer and architectural historian Janet Greenstein Potter tells the stories of more than 700 of these masterpieces. An excellent resource for on-site and armchair travelers alike, this lavishly illustrated guide provides a generous mix of historical and practical information. Potter provides a detailed biographical profile of each station, covering the year of construction, name of original railroad, designer, style, and materials. Fo...
- ASIN: 0471143898
Steam Railways of Great Britain 2019 12 x 12 Inch Monthly Square Wall Calendar, United Kingdom
Symbols of the Industrial Revolution and modernity, the steam railways of Great Britain offer glimpses of the past against the British modern-day landscape. The steam combustion engine powered trains through the countryside of 19th-century England, Scotland, and Wales, and in so doing, made historical tracks toward modern industrial development. The steam engine railways of Great Britain mark a defining moment in the history of transportation. Locomotive enthusiasts will surely enjoy this square wall calendar that pays homage to these important pieces of British history. • Photography – Enjoy beautiful, award-winning photographs every single month • Environment-Friendly – Printed with sustainable, soy-based inks on Forest Stewardship Council-certified paper • Thick, High-Quality Paper – Prevents curled corners due to moisture, avoids ink bleed-through, and stays secure on your wall, and durable binding lasts throughout the year • Pre-planning – Four-month pre-planner page • Large, Roomy Day Blocks – All major holidays listed, with plenty of room for writing notes and appointments • Great as a Gift or to Keep Yourself Organized – BrownTrout offers 1,000 different titles! • BrownTrout Publishers – The Calendar Company
- ASIN: 1975403371
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Great Railroad Strike of 1877
The Great Railroad Strike of 1877 began on July 14 in Martinsburg, West Virginia, and ended some 45 days later after it was put down by local and state militias, as well as by federal troops.
Marking the 140th Anniversary of the Great Railroad Strike of 1877
Labor historian Bill Barry tours viewers through a B&O Railroad Museum exhibit honoring the strike in which over 100,000 workers participated, and over 100 people were killed Visit http://therealnews.com for more stories and help support our work by donating at http://therealnews.com/donate.
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