Cavalcade Of The Rails By Frank Morse Hard Cover   1940

Cavalcade Of The Rails By Frank Morse Hard Cover 1940

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Cavalcade Of The Rails By Frank Morse Hard Cover 1940
Cavalcade Of The Rails By Frank Morse Hard Cover 1940 370 Pages
Here is a sweeping story of gigantic personalities, of tremendous gambles. of construction and destruction which makes the history of railroading another example of truth which is stranger than fiction.
This dramatic tale of railroading is a romance to which all Americans will respond. The glamorous course of railroading is traced from its hazardous beginnings to streamlining, high and sustained speed, and automatic safety devices. The luxury of the Pullmans, skillfully routed over trackage of a dozen roads in a
single night for the convenience of the oblivious passengers; the variety of the freights, flats carrying heavy machinery, endless streams of gondolas from Pennsylvania coal mines, box cars distributing Michigan's automobiles and cattle cars from Texas; the fruit-laden reefers routed through a maze of passenger traffic to Northern markets-all of these contribute to the fascination of railroading.
In an easy-going, forthright style, Mr. Morse presents the whole pageant of transportation from the earliest trails of animals and savages through the water routes to the beginning of steam. Before transcontinental rails came other means of transportation - the Pony Express, the horse-drawn cars, wood-burning locomotives. For communication, the telegraph which was so humorously misunderstood by the Indians. These were the seeds of the great railroads which presaged the surge of the great amalgamations.

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