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The Milwaukee Road (MBI Railroad Color History) [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Tom Murray
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Oct 2005
The true grit and glory days of one of America' s greatest railroads come to dramatic life in this full-scale illustrated history by industry veteran Tom Murray. Words and pictures carry readers across the vast tracts of land and time traversed by the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific-- better known to history as the Milwaukee Road. Ranging from the railroad' s late-nineteenth-century beginnings to its purchase by onetime rival Soo Line in 1985, the book looks at The Milwaukee Road' s famed streamlined Hiawatha passenger trains, the "Little Joe" electric locomotives, and the sprawling fabrication and repair facilities in its namesake city. Whether surveying the railroad' s routes and the trains that plied them, and the people who worked behind the scenes, or focusing on the line' s motive power, rolling stock, passenger and freight operations, The Milwaukee Road provides a broad-scale, brilliantly detailed portrait of a great railroad, an industry, and a bygone era.

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: MBI Publishing Co.; 1st edition (Oct 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760320721
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760320723
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 1.9 x 27.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,546,611 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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a strong feature is the inclusion of vintage ads that are not typically seen elsewhere --Railroad History Magazine

The book, a concise business history, is well designed with many graphics including maps, timetables, and period advertising interspersing the text … This is a good read belonging in the library of any Milwaukee aficionado --Lexington Quaterly

Author Murray has assembled a well-balanced and attractive volume of the railroad s 135 year history. This book was an interesting read and should appeal to anyone with an affection for the Milwaukee Road --Michigan railroad Club

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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A nice book with a lot of information on the history of the Milwaukee Road, illustrated with some interesting pictures although most tend to be 3/4s shots of various locos. Not quite so helpful as a source of inspiration for a modeller as it doesn't pay that much attention to other equipment and lineside details.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Milwaukee Road by Tom Murray 19 Oct 2005
By David A. Bennick - Published on Amazon.com
This is an excellent book about the Milwaukee Road and I am happy to add it to my Milwaukee Road shelf. The photos are excellent and the selection was done very carefully in that there are photos of many types of equipment from the various decades. The history of the railroad is detailed just enough and allows the reader to understand this railroad. I recommend adding this book to your Milwaukee Road or general railroading collection.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Done 23 Feb 2006
By Michael Sol - Published on Amazon.com
The writer is in the rail industry. He's careful. Both the photos and the text reflect this. This is not an academic history, but it is a first class ticket on a first class story about a first class railroad. Tom Murray is a good writer. It is rare to suggest in the trade that this writer didn't write enough. The selection of photos was done with a finely tuned and patient hand. The result is a book that is not just a pleasure to read; it is a genuine resource about this timeless railroad and its unique story.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding reading for either first-time reader of the Milwaukee Road story or history buff 16 Jan 2013
By Tom Demaree - Published on Amazon.com
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If you know nothing about the Milwaukee Road and want to find out, this book is an excellent place to start. If you know a lot about the railroad, this book fits well into place as an accurate history and chronology. (I fit somewhere inbetween and have showed this book to a teen-ager and 27-year veteran employee. The teen-ager said "Neat!" and the veteran tapped the book a couple of times and said "This is a good book!") The photographs and illustrations correspond well with the progress of the text. "The Chronology of the final fifteen Years" is a good compendium, and it left a bittersweet feeling to this reader.

As a kid I used to watch its trains pass through Buffalo Lake, MN and would talk with the engineers at the station when they picked up and dropped off cars on the side track.

This book is just right.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very solidly presented history, but not a lot else 24 Jun 2012
By Simple guy - Published on Amazon.com
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This book concentrates on The Milwaukee Road's rich history, tracing its founding, growth, one-time prosperity and eventual downsizing and demise. The excellent photographs are augmented by illustrations from advertisements and timetables, among other sources. It includes an excellent bibliography, and is well-indexed. What this book does, it does very well; but there is relatively little information on operations, especially the confounding system of redundant freight train symbols, or the amazing motive power, and the only system map is from 1888!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have 10 Jan 2010
By Richard H. Hawkinson - Published on Amazon.com
If you like trains in general, this would be a good book to have. If you are a fan of the Milwaukee Road, there is no question. This is a "must have" addition to your library. I saw this book in a local book store a few years back but didn't buy it because of its condition. Thank God for Amazon. New book, delivered right to my door and in perfect condition.
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