American Steam Locomotives Alive & Still Working Today Photos by Rasmussen DJ

American Steam Locomotives Alive & Still Working Today Photos by Rasmussen DJ

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American Steam Locomotives Alive & Still Working Today Photos by Rasmussen DJ
American Steam Locomotives Alive & Still Working Today By Henry Rasmussen Dust Jacket 1988 128 pages  
They were the days of America's childhood, and the railroad was the pioneer of the continent. The steam locomotive's gleaming black body and smoke plume were the signs of the times and the future of the nation.
Today, much of that history has been passed by. Time-varnished railroad depots are victims of neglect; engines and tenders rust beneath coats of dust and the patina of age.
The steam locomotive has been passed by ... but not forgotten.
With the same industry that built the railroad, crews of enthusiasts across America are resurrecting the old engines, depots and roundhouses-and the spirit of the old days themselves.
Noted photographer Henry Rasmussen has captured that spirit in the sentimental journey that is American Steam Locomotives. Within is a revival of things past, of the days of steam and the iron horses that galloped the steel rails.
Rasmussen's photographs are loving looks at railroading's greats and the dedicated few who have labored to restore the luster to these locomotives. Vintage Shay logging engines on the Yosemite Mtn & Sugar Pine Rail Road. Baldwin powers on New Mexico's Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Rail Road. Alco units of the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum. A whistlestop at a turntable and roundhouse on Pennsylvania's East Broad Top line And visits with the men who are the heart of the iron horses: the engineers, hostlers and firemen in their blue-and-white-striped uniforms, famed goggles and flowing red bandanas.
This is a journey of both nostalgia and respect. Remember those days of cheerful waves from passing engineers and the sweep of wind as the train rushed by? The spirit of live steam in America lives again

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