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A Railroad Atlas of the United States in 1946: Volume 4: Illinois, Wisconsin, and Upper Michigan (Creating the North American Landscape (Hardcover)) Hardcover – 18 Nov 2011

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I have never seen such complete coverage of railroads in any single document.

(Richard B. Hasselman, Senior Vice-President of Operations, Conrail (retired))

This will be the finest railroad atlas ever published.

(John C. Hudson, Northwestern University)

The book is first and foremost a geography book that can appeal to a wider audience than the railroad historian. If you know the earlier volumes, you know that this book will bring the full measure of satisfaction brought by those earlier volumes.

(John Baesch The Portolan)

Carpenter continues his admirable effort to map American railroads in the immediate postwar era... Carpenter is to be commended for his efforts. The work is meticulous, the maps are clear and beautifully reproduced, and the resulting volume is a genuine research tool as opposed to a simple picture book.

(Matthew G. Anderson Railroad History)


Surely one of the most appealingly eccentric publishing ventures of the year.

(The New Yorker)

Proof that inspiration can result in something astounding... a treasure that any rail enthusiast or casual historian will enjoy.


This book... belongs in the library of every serious rail historian.

(Railfan and Railroad)

Carpenter has done an outstanding job showing the railroad world of 1946.

(National Railway Bulletin)

A fine addition to any rail fan's library, perfect for a long winter evening.

(Journal of Transport History)

Superb series... This atlas and its companions are excellent snapshots of railroading's 'classic era.'

(Classic Trains)

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HASH(0x994cf678) out of 5 stars The Ultimate Railroad Atlas 18 Jun. 2013
By Blue Ox - Published on Amazon.com
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For the railroad historian, this book contains the ultimate collection of hand-drawn maps of an area including Illinois, Wisconsin, and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Three other books produced so far in this series portray other areas. For many railfans like myself, the trackage is a special interest, and 1946 was a great year for the amount of railroad trackage owned by the various railroads. Studying this large format book allows the reader to see where the tracks went back then, whether or not they are still with us today. It is amazing to view the amount of trackage in several of the larger gateway cities where rail lines converged. The rail lines are drawn in various colors so that each stands out from the others. Other indications include: station names, junctions, yards, abandoned trackage, mileage, trackage rights, and so on. Waterways are included, but not roads, so as to avoid confusing lines. Upon close reading, I did find a very few errors, such as the labeling of Galesburg, MI with map 127A that was actually of Galesburg, IL, for example. The fact that the book was printed in China is also a disappointment. Overall, this is a great comprehensive railroad reference.
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HASH(0x99697d2c) out of 5 stars Excellent book, very meticulously researched,a wealth of information 11 Aug. 2013
By f.s.wright - Published on Amazon.com
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Dislike: I would have preferred a better rendering than a penciled drawing.
Like : the fact that the author included portions of adjoining states, which is very helpful in areas such as around Chicago.
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HASH(0x99697c9c) out of 5 stars Hubby loves it 25 Jun. 2013
By char - Published on Amazon.com
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This has fantastic map drawings. It's a great reference for anyone interested in the railroads of that time. Very detailed.
HASH(0x9a1b29a8) out of 5 stars Incredible detail 18 April 2012
By doctom.ws - Published on Amazon.com
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This tome is a real work of love. It can only image the hours spent by the author poring over rail documents to produce the level of detail provided. Following the author's introduction and credits the reader is presented with an overview of the railroad lines serving Illinois, Wisconsin and upper Michigan to give one the big picture. Then there is a grid to direct the reader to his geographic area of interest. At the end of the book are comments/notations about the particulars of the piece of real estate depicted on the grid. By picking 1946 as his focus, Mr. Carpenter shows us the way the railroad landscape looked at arguably its very pinnacle. Nice work!!
HASH(0x9a1b718c) out of 5 stars Must own for students of rail history 3 Jan. 2012
By Wandering boy - Published on Amazon.com
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This is volume 4 in the "Railroad Atlass of the United States in 1946". As with the other three volumes, this is packed full of accurate maps detailing the extent of the rails reach at its peak in both passenger and material goods shipment. It is shortly after this time that passenger service begins its decline in the US, and rails as a whole, begin their more than thirty year decline.

Looking at these maps gives one a true understanding of the importance of rail travel and commerce at the end of WW II
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