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The Complete Book of North American Railroading Hardcover – Illustrated, 29 Jul 2009

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press; 1 edition (29 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076032848X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760328484
  • Product Dimensions: 24.5 x 3.2 x 28.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,360,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Oversize, so-called ‘comprehensive’ coffee-table books about railroads are as ubiquitous as ‘Seinfeld’ episodes and usually about as deep.  You’ve probably gotten at least one as a gift from your Aunt Edna, and after you opened it you probably never look at it again.

“You won’t let that happen, though, with this handsome, hefty new book from an all-star team of railroad authors and photographers.  They reach pretty far – covering North American railroading all the way from 1828 to the present – but for the most part they do the subject justice.  The content is comprehensive, offering separate chapters on all the important railroad eras, along with separate treatments of steam and diesel locomotives, freight and passenger trains, and more.  Unlike so many of their competitors, these authors get not only the facts right, but the context as well.

“Best of all, the authors have lavished their subject with a feast of great photographs.  Many photos are historical black-and-white gems from various archives and personal collections, covering mostly the steam and early diesel era; others are state-of-the-art color action photos taken by the authors themselves, including 140 by Jim Boyd, who once again shows how often he has been the right guy in the right place at the right time.  Boyd’s action shots of contemporary excursion steam are definitive and help tell a larger story about locomotive technology.  The book has beautiful design and the quality printing it deserves.” - Trains


1827 marked the completion of the USA's first railroad - and the beginning of the transport system that would transform life in this huge country. Spanning nearly two centuries, this book offers an exhilarating tour of the railways' inroads into the economy, society, and culture on America. With over 400 historic and modern photographs and period advertisements, this book 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, diesel, electric - passenger travel, freight operations, infrastructure, stations, bridges, depots, roundhouses, railyards, signaling are all thoroughly examined and amply illustrated. Authors Kevin EuDaly and Mike Schaffer delve into the history, culture, technology of the railroads as they carried travelers, goods to market, connected business in war and peace, opened up this vast continent for the first time, and became the backbone of a flourishing economy.

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5.0 out of 5 starsJust what I was looking for on railroading
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