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Nothing Like It in the World: The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad, 1863-1869
Ambrose, Stephen E.
Nothing Like It in the World gives the account of an unprecedented feat of engineering, vision, and courage. It is the story of the men who built the transcontinental railroad -- the investors who risked their businesses and money; the enlightened politicians who understood its importance; the engineers and surveyors who risked, and sometimes lost, their lives; and the Irish and Chinese immigrants, the defeated Confederate soldiers, and the other laborers who did the backbreaking and dangerous work on the tracks.
Around the World in 80 Trains: A 45,000-Mile Adventure
When Monisha Rajesh announced plans to circumnavigate the globe in eighty train journeys, she was met with wide-eyed disbelief. But it wasn't long before she was carefully plotting a route that would cover 45,000 miles – almost twice the circumference of the earth – coasting along the world's most remarkable railways; from the cloud-skimming heights of Tibet's Qinghai railway to silk-sheeted splendour on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.Packing up her rucksack – and her fiancé, Jem – Monisha embarks on an unforgettable adventure that will take her from London's St Pancras station to the vast expanses of Russia and Mongolia, North Korea, Canada, Kazakhstan, and beyond. The ensuing journey is one of constant movement and mayhem, as the pair strike up friendships and swap stories with the hilarious, irksome and ultimately endearing travellers they meet on board, all while taking in some of the earth's most breathtaking views.From the author of Around India in 80 Trains comes another witty and irreverent look at the world and a celebration of the glory of train travel. Rajesh offers a wonderfully vivid account of life, history and culture in a book that will make you laugh out loud – and reflect on what it means to be a global citizen – as you whirl around the world in its pages.
Empire Express: Buildling the First Transcontinental Railroad
Bain, David Haward
Beginning in 1842 with a visionary's dream to span the continent with twin bands of iron, Empire Express captures three dramatic decades in which the United States effectively doubled in size, fought three wars, and began to discover a new national identity. From self-made entrepreneurs such as the Union Pacific's Thomas Durant and the Central Pacific's Collis Huntington, to era-defining figures such as President Lincoln, Generals Grant and Sherman, Mark Twain, and Walt Whitman, to the thousands of nameless laborers - especially the Irish and Chinese - whose backbreaking work made the railroad possible, this extraordinary narrative summons an astonishing array of voices to give new dimension, not only to this monumental endeavor, but also to the culture, political struggles, and social conflicts of an unforgettable period in American history.
Under Ground: Subways and Metros of the World
Reveals the history of six major subways - London, Paris, Moscow, New York, Berlin, Tokyo - and also shows in stunning photographs almost 50 stations notable for their artistic and architectural beauty, the genius of their innovative design, the welcoming and accessible facilities, clockwork efficiency, and historic and cultural symbolism. The marvel is that they all feature something you would not expect to encounter underground, and all are worthy of a visit even if you are not a passenger.
Outbound Trains: In the Era Before Mergers (Masters of Railroad Photography)
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Locomotives: The Modern Diesel & Electronic Reference
The essential photographic reference to modern North American locomotives. This remarkable large-format reference is a revised, updated and expanded work based on the author's Field Guide to Modern Diesel Locomotives. Locomotives covers all mainline models built for North American railroads from the mid-1970s to today, from EMD Dash 2s and GE Dash 7s to the latest 70 Series and Evolution Series models, as well as Green Goats, Gensets and mainline passenger electric-powered locomotives. Containing nearly 300 photographs of the more than 120 featured locomotive models from every locomotive manufacturer, this is the definitive reference for the North American rail fan. Greg McDonnell provides concise yet comprehensive information on each model, along with easy-to-read tables of production totals, build dates and mechanical specifications.
Fifty Railroads That Changed the Course of History
A handsome, illustrated survey of the most important historical and contemporary railway lines around the world. Filled with unusual and unexpected stories and facts, it will captivate a wide audience, from the curious browser to researching students. The book organizes the railroads chronologically, considering each according to its greatest impact on Social, Commercial, Political, Engineering, and Military history. Maps plus more than 200 elegant drawings, photographs and paintings as well as dozens of sidebars highlight the concise, engaging text. The fifty railroads span history, from the first in public passenger travel (Wales, 1807) to Japan's speed-record breaking "Bullet." Exotic locales reflect the map of colonialism (Guyana to transport sugar, India to carry cotton and arms). Railroads moved troops (the Crimea, the American Civil War, the Boer War) and united vast lands (Canadian Pacific Railway, Trans-Siberian). They transported horror (Auschwitz Ker), saved the Railway Children, and went underground to cross the English Channel. Fifty Railroads that Changed the Course of History features rail barons, politicians, disasters, crime, weather, geology, great artists, fraudsters and animals, a dynamic cast of characters and a mind-spinning whirlwind of fact, trivia and conversation starters.
Speedway to Sunshine
Bramson, Seth H.
Much has happened on the Florida East Coast Railway since the first edition of Speedway to Sunshine was published in 1984. The railroad has evolved into its role as the single most important element in Florida's transportation picture. A Florida without the FEC is simply unthinkable, as the new chapters in this book clearly demonstrate. This revised, expanded edition of Speedway to Sunshine continues the roaring story of America's most exciting railroad, from its inception, through the building and destruction of the fabled Key West Extension, with four additional chapters chronicling the FEC from 1984 to the present day. The book is lavishly illustrated, with more than 450 photographs. Speedway to Sunshine continues to be a must-read, not only for the Florida East Coast's numerous fans, but for all railroad buffs, as well as anyone interested in the exciting history of the "Sunshine State" and America's Atlantic Coast.
The Historical Atlas Of World Railroads: 400 Maps And Photographs Chart The Networks That Span The World
The Historical Atlas of World Railroads charts the rise, fall and revival of railroads over the past 200 years, from the earliest experiments with wooden rails and horse-drawn wagons, through the rail-building boom of the steam age, to the onset of the modern high-speed lines, diesel-electric locomotives and electric tilting trains of today. This comprehensive analysis and history covers: The development of passenger and freight coaches and locomotives. How railroads and their infrastructures are built and operated. The development of rail types. The construction of tunnels and bridges. The latest advances in signaling technology, safety systems and freight-handling techniques and equipment. Packed with archival photographs and high-quality color maps, The Historical Atlas of World Railroads brings history to life by revealing all aspects of rail transportation and technology.
Canadian Pacific: Stand Fast, Craigellachie!
This landmark tribute to the Canadian Pacific Railway features the work of many of North America's top rail photographers. Remarkable photography and essays cover the entire CPR system, from the east coast to the west coast including Nova Scotia's Dominion Atlantic lines and Vancouver Island's Esquimalt & Nanaimo. Some of the best steam and diesel photographs ever published appear here along with 1950s-vintage photos of steeple-cab electrics and passenger trains on the Electric Lines subsidiaries: the Grand River Railway and the Lake Erie & Northern. Canadian Pacific Railway captures the pleasure of lingering in wood-frame stations where time was marked to the beat of a Seth Thomas clock, the stainless-steel glamor of the Canadian, the gritty drama of SD40s grinding up mountain grades, and the loneliness of the prairie.
St. Clair Tunnel: Rails Beneath the River
The St. Clair Tunnel, running between Sarnia, Ontario, and Port Huron, Michigan, opened for traffic in 1891. It was, and still is, an engineering wonder. Find out why in this interesting book.
The Purveyors of Destiny: A Cultural Biography of the Indian Railways
Chatterjee, Arup K.
In 1853 Karl Marx predicted the Indian Railways would foster the growth of parallel industries 'not immediately connected with the railways.' But the most successful industry-which Marx could not possibly have dreamed of-was that of cultural representations of the railways, which began even before the railways, themselves. From Rudyard Kipling to Mark Twain to R.K. Narayan to Ruskin Bond-the aura of Indian trains and railway stations have enchanted many.What imperialism made opulent, nationalism embraced a swadeshi tool, Partition turned into theaters of the macabre, and the nation's destiny marked for its favorite foster child, came to embody the portable architecture of India's modernity. And, what with iconic railway cinematography from Aradhana (1969), Sonar Kella (1974), Gandhi (1982), Dil Se (1997), or Parineeta (2005), Indian cinema has forged mythical railroads in the national psyche.The Purveyors of Destiny brings together all these elements together, for the first time, in a book replete with anecdotes from colonial and Indian accounts, the battlefronts of the Indian nationalist movement, Indian cinema, advertisements, and much more, in an ever expanding cultural biography of the Great Indian Railways.
Over the Hills to Georgian Bay
The fascinating story of one of Canada's most interesting rail lines.
The Railwayman's Pocketbook
Hardy, R. H. N.
This fascinating pocket book draws on numerous primary sources from the early days of the rail network through to the Big Four, British Railways and beyond to present a unique guide to the knowledge and skills required for locomotive drivers, engineers and firemen. Beginning with an introduction to steam from about 1890, the book outlines the rules of the rail network, locomotive management from driving to servicing, a guide to signalling and operations, and rules of the running shed along with a wealth of practical advice and conditions of service for the men on the footplate. The Railwayman's Pocket Book offers a unique insight into the age of steam that will appeal to all railway enthusiasts.
When Any Time Was Train Time
Willmot, Elizabeth A.
There was a time when residents of Ontario communities listened eagerly for the locomotive's whistle, when travellers and train watchers stood on boarding platforms of vital railway stations and thrilled to the sight of steam, when passenger trains and mixed freights warmed the rails at all hours, when any time was train time. The grand old days of the steam locomotive once seemed as permanent as anything could be. The bricklayers and stonemasons who built many of the stations in this book believed their work would last forever. Sadly, few of the original stations remain and the sound of the steam whistle is now a cherished memory. Writer-photographer Elizabeth Willmot has preserved an important part of Canada's heritage in this wonderful collection of nostalgic photographs and colourful stories.
Engine Houses and Turntables on Canadian Railways, 1850-1950
Bush, Edward Forbes
Engine Houses and Turntables on Canadian Railways was written for the information of the Historic Sites & Monuments Board of Canada, as a guide in determining the historic significance of these rapidly disappearing structures, with the demise of the steam locomotive. once a common, if little regarded, feature of railway yards across Canada, the railway roundhouse has merited attention from historical associations and municipalities as a relic of an age that has gone.
Union Pacific: Salt Lake Route
Hemphill, Mark W.
This is the story of UP's Salt Lake Route, a mainline incorporated into the South-Central District. The thoroughly researched text, drawn from original documents, presents new information never before published in a railroad history and is illustrated with colour photographs taken between 1948 and 1994, as well as eight detailed maps.
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