Americas Great Railroads By Thomas York Dust Jacket 1987 192 Pages
The great railroads of America united this vast nation and set the stage for Western expansion. In the railroads' heyday, passengers traveled in unsurpassed luxury and goods were moved quickly and economically. It was an era of rapid growth, spurred on by hard-driving men wielding tremendous power - often unregulated, sometimes scandalous, always important to the economic and social development of the country.
With technological progress came competition from air and truck lines, followed by hard financial times. It seemed that the heyday was over-but not for long. Having survived the industry's downturn (often through consolidation), many railroads have emerged in more prosperous times with new strength.
Each chapter in this book tells the fascinating tale of one of these transporation giants-from the days of the infamous robber barons through contemporary corporate mergers.
Colorfully illustrated with numerous photographs and maps, this collection of vivid stories covers the Pennsylvania; the New York Central; the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe; the Burlington Northern; the Union Pacific, the Southern Pacific; the Canadian Pacific; the Canadian National and the railroads of the Chessie System: the great railroads that are an integral part of America's history and of her future.
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