Trains of the Upper Midwest Photo Archive: Steam & Diesel in the ’50s & ’60s
High-quality photos show freight & passenger trains of railroads that served the Upper Midwest during the 1950s & 1960s. Trains & locomotives from C&NW, Great Northern, Milwaukee Road, Soo Line, Northern Pacific & more! Included are schedules, dinner menus, drink coasters & sales brochures. This nostalgic book will transport the reader to the Upper Midwest during the '50s & '60s.
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Transit Progress Derailed: Ontario Hydro’s Radial Electric Railway Scheme
In the early 1900s, privately-generated electricity was the booming technology, and with it, profitable electric railways. Prosperous London, Ontario manufacturer (also Mayor and Conservative MLA), Adam Beck nevertheless believed in the benefits of a publicly-owned electricity grid and argued government-ownership could spread electric technology well beyond the use of a privileged elite and could cost people less.Beck’s political acumen resulted in the 1906 creation of Ontario Hydro – the world’s first publicly-owned utility. Two years after public power first flowed through the wires to Berlin, Ontario, he mused aloud that what was really needed was to link the province’s many municipalities through a series of electrically-powered railways to two core areas: Hamilton serving the western end of Lake Ontario and the burgeoning hub of Toronto. It never happened. An antagonistic Premier Ernest Drury deflected the issue to a Royal Commission, whose avowedly anti-radial chairman delivered a damning conclusion: the popularity of automobiles meant Beck’s project was not financially feasible. David Spencer’s study of power politics and skulduggery shows how dark provincial politics could be in the first two decades of the twentieth century. Perhaps current events demonstrate that hasn’t changed?
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Travel by Pullman: A Century of Service 1865-1969
Every evening for much of the twentieth century, 50,000 or more travelers snuggled under crisp Pullman linens, falling asleep in one state and awaking in another. This nostalgic look back at what was essentially a rolling hotel company contracted by the nation's railroads to provide guest accommodations, covers every aspect of Pullman operations, from the emerging popularity of steam-powered rail travel in the early twentieth century to its diesel-powered zenith and its eventual nadir in the 1950s and 1960s. Pullman's entire complex network of employees and services is featured, from the ticket offices that manually handled millions of reservations each year to the six car shops spread across the nation to perform heavy maintenance and repairs, and all of Pullman's porters, mechanics, cleaners, electricians, cooks, barbers, shoeshiners, and more. Illustrated with both black-and-white and color period views depicting Pullman interiors and facilities, as well as memorabilia and sales literature.
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Trouble on the Tracks: Grand Trunk Railway of New England Tragedies
In the 1850s, Grand Trunk Railway, later Canadian National, was one of New England’s and Canada’s most important and heavily travelled railway lines. It linked Canada’s metropolis, Montreal – through Vermont and New Hampshire – with the nearest ice-free port at Portland, Maine. Despite constant upgrading, accidents did occur, some of them catastrophic. With details about four dozen such tragedies, you’ll learn what happened when people, vehicles, or nature decided to duel with a fully-loaded train. Discover the circumstances when a cattle train hit a mudslide… a passenger train toppled over the bank... two locomotives met in heavy fog that made it impossible to see… two trains, one fully-loaded with immigrants, came towards each other on ONE track!… the West Paris Bridge collapsed… two double-headed freight trains collided head-on … a train hit fuel tanker truck, with ensuing explosion and fire… a derailment toppled a chlorine tank car off a bridge onto the highway below. 196 pages, over 200 photographs, (5 colour), 16 maps and diagrams to show where the accidents occurred. Author Jeff Holt has covered four dozen New England tragedies on the Grand Trunk (later Canadian National) railway line, providing interesting anecdotes, myriad photos, and helpful maps with explanatory diagrams to assist readers in understanding the context of each situation. Dramatic and graphic photos, some in colour, help draw the reader into each of the stories. People will want to pick up the book, to see details of how their community, or their railway line, was affected. Others will want to see how their friends, their families, their fellow railroaders, or their favourite railway, was impacted.
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U-Boats: General Electric’s Diesel Locomotives
General Electric's legendary domestic U-series line put GE on the road to becoming the largest locomotive builder in North America. This marvelous book features the work of more than 50 top photographers and pays homage to the bold dreams of the GE designers and workers who brought to life the locomotives today known as U-boats.
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Ultimate Train
This ultimate guide to the locomotive from Stephenson's Rocket to the Magalev describes the history of railways celebrating the great diversity of design and engineering over 200 years of train travel. It features urban, industrial, freight and military trains and shows examples of electric, steam and diesel locomotives with driver's eye-views, performance statistics and a profile of the key figures who have changed the face of train travel around the world.
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Under Ground: Subways and Metros of the World
These days, a subway is an integral part of a city's heritage and a key feature of the urban landscape used by passengers, but subways are also full of history and art. They reflect a city's personality and its past and future, and are worthy of exploration, even for those not boarding a train. It's safe to say that a great many subways have overcome their past reputation for unpleasant shadiness. Subways revolutionized urban transport, moving people from crowded streets to efficient underground tunnels. This book has two parts: the first tells the stories of six major subways: London, Paris, Moscow, New York, Berlin, Tokyo. It describes their histories, the circumstances of their construction, and many anecdotes from what were invariably political, financial, engineering and architectural marathons. As well, deadly accidents, scarce funds and corruption set construction off the rails more often than not. The second half of the book is a stunning photo gallery of some of the most surprising subway stations around the world. They include examples from the six systems covered historically plus stations whose architecture reflects the cities and the people that they serve, including: Szent Gellért, Budapest; Puhung, Pyongyang, North Korea; Beitucheng, Beijing; Rådhuset, Stockholm; New York City; Toledo, Naples; and Concorde Station, Paris.
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Union Pacific Railroad: Passenger Trains of the City Fleet
On February 12, 1934, Union Pacific premiered the M-10000, the first lightweight, streamlined passenger train, calling it "Tomorrow's Train Today." The tiny brown-and-yellow speedster offered hope and promise for America's future during the Great Depression. Later renamed City of Salina, the train was the beginning of Union Pacific's City Fleet of streamliners including the City of Los Angeles, City of San Francisco, City of Portland, City of Denver and Challenger, departing from Chicago and serving all the West. Union Pacific system map, timetables, travel brochures, and advertising are featured.
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Union Pacific: Salt Lake Route
This story of Union Pacific's Salt Lake Route contains information never before published in a railroad history. Illustrated with color photographs taken between 1948 and 1994.
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Van Horne’s Road: The Building of the Canadian Pacific Railway (Revised Edition)
For armchair railroaders, historians, students - anyone fascinated by Canadian history - Van Horne's Road is a pictorial history of the railroad that forged a nation. Widely hailed as one of the most informative and important histories of the construction and first years of operation of the Canadian Pacific Transcontinental Railway, this vibrant new edition of Van Horne's Road has been reformatted and redesigned for a new generation of readers as a permanent tribute to the people responsible for the building of what has been called Canada's National Highway. Containing more than 450 photographs, illustrations, and historic documents - supplemented by 40 maps and diagrams designed by the author - the book presents a coast-to-coast recreation of what indisputably stands as one of the most important and historic undertakings in the history of this nation.
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Via Rail
Go VIA Rail and see Canada: Here is Canada’s national railway, covering 14,000 kilometers of track from the Atlantic to the Pacific, and from the Great Lakes to Hudson Bay. This illustrated history tells the story of how, starting in the early 1970s, VIA Rail became a separate Crown corporation, once and for all relieving the old Canadian National and Canadian Pacific railways of their beleaguered passenger operations. It is a story rich in history—and marked with failures and misfortunes right up to our day, when a need for convenient, fuel-efficient mass transportation holds out hope for a renaissance. Archival and modern photography, route maps, and print ads help detail the history of VIA Rail’s motive power and passenger cars from the likes of General Motors, Bombardier, Montreal Locomotive Works, and Budd Company, as well such passenger trains as The Canadian, The Atlantic, The Ocean, and The Super Continental. Chris Greenlaw also explains all of the political machinations that have inevitably shaped the railroad, and delves into its connection with Amtrak via The Maple Leaf.
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Vintage & Modern Diesel Locomotives: Prime Movers of America
EMD, General Electric, Alco, Baldwin, and Fairbanks Morse have built diesel locomotives. Their most popular vintage and modern models are covered in painstaking detail by author and photographer Stanley W. Trzoniec. Learn all about the companies that built diesel locomotives and the American railway system through Stanley W. Trzoniec's breathtaking photography and thorough research. Over eight decades after their invention, diesel locomotives are still the backbone of the American railroad system. Five principal companies have built diesel locomotives--EMD, General Electric, Alco, Baldwin, and Fairbanks Morse--and the most popular vintage and modern types of all five are covered in painstaking detail in Vintage & Modern Diesel Locomotives. From General Electric 44-Tonners to Alco RS5s, all of the most important models are included. Stanley W. Trzoniec's stunning photography gives these behemoths of the modern age their due in beautiful full-color images. Enthusiasts of diesel locomotives will not want to be without Vintage & Modern Diesel Locomotives in their collection.
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Vintage Diesel Locomotives
Diesel-electric locomotives from the mid-1930s to the late 1960's are brought vividly to life! This full-color gallery showcases all the great locomotives from GM, GE, and Alco. Spotlighted are Electro-Motive's famous E- and F-units, and GP-series "Geeps", DL, PA, FA, and RS diesels from American Locomotive Company, and Baldwin's "babyface" and "sharknose" locomotives. Plus Fairbanks-Morse switchers, passenger diesels, freight locomotives, and more.
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Vintage Diesel Power
This formative period of diesel locomotive evolution is examined with the help of more than 250 modern and period photos depicting passenger, freight, and switching locomotives. Author Brian Solomon covers every prominent manufacturer of the period --- including Electro-Motive, Alco, Baldwin, and GE --- as well as iconic models like Geeps, E and F units, PAs and FAs, sharknoses, U-boats, and more. The photographs take in the grand geographic and technological breadth of North American railroading and are accompanied by detailed captions identifying the locomotives pictured and explaining their roles in this crucial era of American railroading.
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Washington State Railroad Depots Photo Archive
This book is a photographic record of railroad depots in Washington State. The photographs have been selected to illustrate variations in size, architectural style and commonality as dictated by the railroad companies. In addition, the book presents for the first time a comprehensive data summary of all known depots in Washington State; size, construction date and materials used are listed. Significant changes, rebuilding and replacement are addressed. Major railroads that operated within the state—Northern Pacific, Great Northern, Union Pacific and Milwaukee Road—are included in the book along with predecessors, successors and subsidiaries. Compilation of the data from surviving records involved extensive travel and research. Data sources include state archives, historical museums, railroad museums and national archive collections. The book will doubtless be of interest to architectural, railroad and urban historians as well as railway enthusiasts. Residents of Washington State can verify if an when a depot formerly existed in their locality.
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West of the Great Divide: The Canadian Pacific Railway’s First Century in British Columbia
Updated edition. A complete and detailed history of the CPR in B.C., from the glorious days of huge steam locomotives and elegant dining, to the luxurious Canadian and modern diesels hauling coal and containers. Included are the personal stories of the men who built this railway, and the enormous construction problems, hazards, frustrations, tragedies and engineering triumphs. Detailed accounts of day-to-day operations, endless battles with winter snows and mountain grades. The steam era of the 1920s to 1950s receives particular attention. Over 400 dramatic vintage photos capture the CPR's first century in British Columbia. Winner of the Canadian Railroad Historical Association's Award.
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West Virginia’s Last Logging Railroad: Meadow River Lumber Company
Complete history of West Virginia's largest logging railroad which was also its last, operating 1912-1972. It operated Shay, Heisler, and Climax geared steam locomotives and in the last 15 years also had diesels. The book covers the locomotives in detail, the cars and the operations as well as background on the company and its owners, the Raine family. Photos show all aspects of the operation and the people involved. Meadow River was at one time the largest producer of hardwood lumber in the world. Some of its equipment has survived to operate on tourist lines.
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When Any Time was Train Time
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.
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William C. Van Horne: Railway Titan
William C. Van Horne was one of North America's most accomplished men. Born in Illinois in 1843, Van Horne started working in the railway business at a young age. In 1881 he was lured north to Canada to become general manager of the fledgling Canadian Pacific Railway. The railroading general pushed through construction of the CPR's transcontinental line and then went on to become the company's president. During his time with the CPR, Van Horne developed a telegraph service, launched the Empress line of Pacific steamships in 1891, and founded CP Hotels. He capped his career by opening up Cuba's interior with a railway. A man of prodigious energy and many talents, he also became Canada's foremost art collector and one of the country"s leading financiers. For all of his amazing accomplishments, Van Horne was knighted in 1894. When he died church bells throughout the length and breadth of Cuba tolled to mark his passing, and when his funeral train made its way across Canada, all traffic on the CPR system was suspended for five minutes.
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Wisconsin Central Railway 1871-1909 Photo Archive
Follow the Wisconsin Central Railway from its inception in 1871 to its acquisition by the Soo Line in 1909. Dramatic photos of the trains, crews, route construction, stations, shops, and various facilities tell the story. Here is the history of the Wisconsin Central beginning with its early steam operations to the early diesel era as told in photos from the collection of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin.
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Yesterday’s Railways: Recollections of an Age of Steam and the Golden Age of Railways
This work recalls an era when a train journey remained an adventure, and when the steam locomotives that made the journey possible were a source of awe and fascination. It includes a comprehensive history of Britain's railways from the groundbreaking years of the 1900s to the day in August 1968 that the fires were put out for the last time. Our railway system has always been viewed with a mixture of affection, amusement and exasperation. Yet there were periods in the 20th century when the railways were a source of pride and excitement. Many still recall when the train was their principal means of travel, whether to school or work, to visit friends and relatives, or to go on holiday. And it wasn't just people that went by rail; so did the coal that heated homes, the food that filled them and the bricks that built them. They also served the great ports, conveying everything from thousand-ton loads of iron to baskets of racing pigeons.
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