Historical Atlas of the North American Railroad

Historical Atlas of the North American Railroad

Oversize Book - 2010
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America's long romance with the train has been the subject of many books, but none has used contemporary maps to comprehensively illustrate the story. Until now. Here the latest of Derek Hayes's historical atlases delves into the history of the railroad in North America, from its origins in Britain in the 1820s and short lines connecting Eastern Seaboard rivers in the 1830s to Amtrak and the modern intermodal freights driving today's railroad revival. Colorful and informative, the book covers a vast range of topics and offers an impressive array of types of railroad map, from the purely utilitarian to the gorgeously promotional. Nearly 400 old railroad maps, most in full color, plus many historical photos, brochures, and posters, combine to provide a new perspective on the North American railroad. Historical Atlas of the North American Railroad also explains how the railroad transformed the economic and social life of a continent, fundamentally changing the two North American nations it linked from the Atlantic to the Pacific.

Publisher: Berkeley, CA : University of California Press, 2010.
ISBN: 9780520266162
Characteristics: 224 p. : col. ill. ; 33 cm.


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Feb 23, 2016

Historical Atlas of the North American Railroad --- by --- Derek Hayes.
A compilation of maps produced by the many different railroads over the span of time from their initial construction to current times, this book is much more than just a collection of maps. Rather it also includes a wealth of other information: illustrations, statistics and text that links and explains the maps and photographs. It goes into the intricacies of steam engines; land grants; technological change and more.
Of course you don’t read an atlas from cover to cover. Well, perhaps the text. But you study the maps: you extract from them what you will and then you move on. Slowly. This is a book that’ll keep you busy for quite a while. Engrossing.

Mar 05, 2013

An attractive 'coffee table' book that offers a brief, well illustrated (usually with a route map) item about each of the railroads of North America from the first days of steam through to contemporary plans for high-speed passenger rail. The book concludes with a list for Further Reading.


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