Passenger Trains played an important role in the growth of traveling across America or to the nearest city - the height of its service after WWII until the start up of Amtrak. This book provides railroad hobbyists, historians, museum operators, and transportation instructors and planners with information about the types of train services and operations in various corridors, such as Chicago - Milwaukee; the overnight and daytime long distance service; transcontinental trains, and the various types of local trains on both main lines and branch lines. The book reviews the types of sleeping car, coach, parlor car, food and beverage services available at that time. This historic review, including train schedules and advertisements, provides information on train consists which is valuable for creating model railroad layout size trains.
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.
In 1909, a railway line opened along the shoreline of Semiahmoo Bay, where the Canada-United States boundary meets the Pacific Ocean. The new railway made the superlative beaches of Semiahmoo Bay easily accessible, and soon scores of beach-goers arrived with almost every passing train. In response, the communities of White Rock, Crescent Beach and Ocean Park sprang up and prospered. But as the years passed and the automobile usurped the passenger train as the principal mode of transportation, residents began to resent - then curse- the railway tracks on their doorsteps. No longer viewed as providing access to the beach, the tracks were seen as impeding access. Occasionally, beach-goers were struck by trains as they crossed the tracks, almost always with fatal results. Demands to get rid of the railway filled newspaper columns and even reached the Prime Ministers office in Ottawa. No section of railway track of comparable length in British Columbia has generated such furious and sustained controversy. This book is not intended to resolve the controversy. Rather, it records - in words and photographs - the story of the first 100 years of the Railway by the Bay, as seen by someone who, as a child, watched with rapt fascination the beachfront trains passing his bedroom window.
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.