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  1. Boomer


    Railroad Memoirs

    Written by Linda G. Niemann, Introduced by Leslie Marmon Silko

    Series Railroads Past and Present

    Indiana University Press

    This classic account of self discovery and railroad life describes Linda Grant Niemann’s travels as an itinerant brakeman on the Southern Pacific. Boomer combines travelogue, Wild West adventure, sexual memoir, and closely observed... Learn More
    Published: 7th April 2011
    Paperback | £20.99
  2. The Railroad That Never Was
    This 200-mile line through Pennsylvania’s most challenging mountain terrain was intended to form the heart of a new trunk line from the East Coast to Pittsburgh and the Midwest. Conceived in 1881 by William H. Vanderbilt, Andrew... Learn More
    Published: 6th September 2010
    Hardback | £36.00
    Paperback | £28.99
  3. Twilight of the Great Trains, expanded edition
    In the years following World War II, a potent combination of new prosperity, a renewed love affair with the automobile, improved highways, and the availability of commercial air travel contributed to the dwindling number of rail... Learn More
    Published: 30th August 2010
    Hardback | £43.00
  4. Little Trains to Faraway Places
    Narrow-gauge railroading conjures images of marginal track, wooden coaches, and antique steam locomotives. Yet consider the extraordinarily glamorous and comfortable South African Blue Train and Australia's Queenslander as well... Learn More
    Published: 22nd June 2010
    Hardback | £34.00
  5. Railroad Noir
    Culled from the 20 years she spent traveling the American West as a freight brakeman and conductor, Linda Grant Niemann's Railroad Noir delves into the darker side of railroading. The 1990s were a time of crisis for workers caught... Learn More
    Published: 11th May 2010
    Hardback | £34.00
  6. Frank Julian Sprague
    Frank Julian Sprague invented a system for distributing electricity to streetcars from overhead wires. Within a year, electric streetcars had begun to replace horsecars, sparking a revolution in urban transportation. Sprague (1857–1934)... Learn More
    Published: 25th September 2009
    Hardback | £16.99
  7. Iowa's Railroads
    At one point in time, no place in Iowa was more than a few miles from an active line of rail track. In this splendid companion volume to Steel Trails of Hawkeyeland (IUP, 2005), H. Roger Grant and Don L. Hofsommer explore the... Learn More
    Published: 1st June 2009
    Paperback | £39.00
  8. The Duluth, South Shore & Atlantic Railway
    The rise and fall of the Duluth, South Shore & Atlantic Railway from 1887 to its merger with the Soo Line in 1961 is the subject of this thoroughly researched book. The DSS&A was organized in the hope that it would become a transcontinental... Learn More
    Published: 19th November 2008
    Hardback | £43.00
  9. Visionary Railroader
    Visionary Railroader chronicles the life of a key figure in the history of rail travel in the United States. As president of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, Jervis Langdon Jr. had the opportunity to put progressive concepts into... Learn More
    Published: 17th September 2008
    Hardback | £26.99
  10. The Men Who Loved Trains
    A saga about one of the oldest and most romantic enterprises in the land—America’s railroads—The Men Who Loved Trains introduces some of the most dynamic businessmen in America. Here are the chieftains who have run the railroads,... Learn More
    Published: 11th September 2008
    Paperback | £24.99
  11. Built to Move Millions
    At the beginning of the 20th century, the street railway industry was one of the largest in the nation. Once ubiquitously visible on the city streets, by mid-century the streetcar was nothing more than a distant memory. Ohio was... Learn More
    Published: 17th April 2008
    Hardback | £43.00
  12. The GrandLuxe Express
    This lavish book invites readers aboard the glamorous renovated cars of the GrandLuxe railway train. In 1989, the American-European Express, a stylish train created in emulation of Europe's Orient Express, commenced operation... Learn More
    Published: 9th November 2007
    Hardback | £34.00
  13. Evolution of the American Diesel Locomotive
    The diesel locomotive sent shock waves through rigid corporate cultures and staid government regulators. For some, the new technology promised to be a source of enormous profits; for others, the railroad industry seemed a threat... Learn More
    Published: 14th June 2007
    Hardback | £34.00
  14. Amtrak in the Heartland
    Craig Sanders has done an excellent job of research... his treatment is as comprehensive as anyone could reasonably wish for, and solidly based. In addition, he succeeds in making it all clear as well as any human can. He also... Learn More
    Published: 11th May 2006
    Hardback | £43.00
  15. The Indiana Rail Road Company
    The Indiana Rail Road Company is an extraordinary success story among the scores of independent short line and regional railroads spawned in the wake of railroad deregulation. Christopher Rund chronicles the development of the... Learn More
    Published: 4th January 2006
    Hardback | £20.99
  16. Steel Trails of Hawkeyeland
    Steel Trails of Hawkeyeland offers a comprehensive examination of railroads in Iowa from the introduction of the iron horse to the present. It is more than a study of a single, albeit significant American state. Hofsommer superbly... Learn More
    Published: 29th June 2005
    Hardback | £43.00
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