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.
The Rio Grande Railroad operated in the spectacular Colorado Rockies. Their slogan was "Through the Rockies, not Around Them." Photos include 2-8-0 Consolidations, 2-8-2 Mikado's, 0-6-0 six-wheeler, 4-6-0 ten-wheeler, the big 4-8-4 Northerns that Rio Grande liked to call "Westerns" and the larger 2-8-8-2 Mallets. Also included are Electro-Motive passenger and freight locomotives FT, F3, F7, General Purpose and Special Duty series, Electro-Motive SD40T-2 "Tunnel Motors," SD45 and SD50 locomotives, American Locomotive PA-PB and RS-3 series, Fairbanks-Morse H-15-44, and diesel-hydraulic ML-4 locomotives from German manufacturer Krauss-Maffei.
Mining and railroading history in the Canadian Shield. This data is not available in a single source anywhere else. A definitive history covering over a century of rail service by and for the mining industry around the world's nickel capital: Sudbury, Ontario, Canada.
Includes information on the Canadian Copper Company, Mond, British America, International Nickel (INCO), Falconbridge. Profusely illustrated and meticulously documented.
Extensively researched and referenced, this hard cover book starts with a brief historical outline of the Sudbury Basin's mining activity. Then it focuses on the pivotal role of the trains in the mining sector. Which trains, how big, how they were powered. Three hundred and three black and white photos, 36 colour photos, and twenty-six maps and diagrams round out this well-done book. Fascinating reading for the train lover, and the mining buff.
The Baltimore & Ohio (B&O), America's first railroad, was formed in 1827. In 1830 the B&O opened its first 13 miles of rail between Baltimore and Ellicott's Mills. By 1838 the B&O was hauling mail between Baltimore and Washington D.C. This book is a look back at the steam engines served the B&O from the Civil War to the end of the steam era. Included are steam engines beginning with small Civil war era 4-6-0s up to the first streamlined locomotive--#5302. A must for all steam enthusiasts.