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The Great Railroad Revolution

The History of Trains in America
Wolmar, Christian (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Great Railroad Revolution


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America was made by the railroads. The opening of the Baltimore & Ohio line--the first American railroad--in the 1830s sparked a national revolution in the way that people lived thanks to the speed and convenience of train travel. Promoted by visionaries and built through heroic effort, the American railroad network was bigger in every sense than Europe's, and facilitated everything from long-distance travel to commuting and transporting goods to waging war. It united far-flung parts of the country, boosted economic development, and was the catalyst for America's rise to world-power status. Every American town, great or small, aspired to be connected to a railroad and by the turn of the century, almost every American lived within easy access of a station. By the early 1900s, the United States was covered in a latticework of more than 200,000 miles of railroad track and a series of magisterial termini, all built and controlled by the biggest corporations in the land. The railroads dominated the American landscape for more than a hundred years but by the middle of the twentieth century, the automobile, the truck, and the airplane had eclipsed the railroads and the nation started to forget them. In The Great Railroad Revolution , renowned railroad expert Christian Wolmar tells the extraordinary story of the rise and the fall of the greatest of all American endeavors, and argues that the time has come for America to reclaim and celebrate its often-overlooked rail heritage.
Authors: Wolmar, Christian
Title: The great railroad revolution
the history of trains in America
Publisher: New York :, PublicAffairs,, 2012.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
Characteristics: xxix, 397 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill., maps ;,25 cm.
Contents: The railroads win out
A passionate affair
The railroads take hold
The battle lines
Harnessing the elephant
Railroads to everywhere
Getting better all the time
The end of the affair
All kinds of train
The roots of decline
A narrow escape
Renaissance without passengers.
Local Note: 6 15 53 56 57 97 112 118 122 148 172 193 198 203 224 228 231 233 235 236 244 250 276
ISBN: 9781610391795
1610391799
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Report This Feb 16, 2014
  • Jane60201 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Read it for a class. A long book for a few interesting and insightful ideas.

Report This Jun 09, 2013
  • Ham625 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The origins, financial machinations, political oversight and shear volume of assets and freight involved in the development of the American railroads up to 2012. A better book than I expected.

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