Here Comes the Train History West Soft Cover The West is won Stories of the dini
Here Comes the Train History West Soft Cover The West is won Stories of the dini
Here Comes the Train History West Soft Cover The West is won Stories of the dini
Here Comes the Train History West Soft Cover The West is won Stories of the dini
Here Comes the Train History West Soft Cover The West is won Stories of the dini
Here Comes the Train History West Soft Cover The West is won Stories of the dini
Here Comes the Train History West Soft Cover The West is won Stories of the dini
Here Comes the Train History West Soft Cover The West is won Stories of the dini
Here Comes the Train History West Soft Cover The West is won Stories of the dini
Here Comes the Train History West Soft Cover The West is won Stories of the dini
Here Comes the Train History West Soft Cover The West is won Stories of the dini

Here Comes the Train History West Soft Cover The West is won Stories of the dini

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Here Comes the Train History West Soft Cover The West is won Stories of the dini
 
Here Comes the Train History West
March 1981
The west is won
Rail travel popular
Stories of the dining car, pullman accomodations, the mail and baggage cars, war years, campaign trains, on the dot, Time movies and the Iron horse, celebrities and the little red caboose.
With the cry of "gold" heard throughout the land in 1849, the seekers of fortune were soon lashing up their covered wagons for the trek West or booking passage on the Clipper ships sailing around the Horn to the Golden State -California.
The wagon roads with their trials and tributions were many, but they came by the thousands- Just 20 years later the Gold Spike was driven at Promontory, Utah, and as the Central Pacific locomotive "Jupiter" nudged the pilot of Union Pacific No. 119, the transcontinental railroad link across the United States had been completed.
The development of railroads in the Far West continued at a rapid pace- By the turn of the century, the Southern Pacific (which had taken over the Central Pacific) had thousands of miles of rail in place and had established four Gateways to the Pacific Coast: Overland Route, Shasta Route, Sunset Route and Golden State Route, along with numerous branch lines that fanned out into agriculture, lumber and mining areas. To give impetus of coast to coast service, a steamship service was established from New Orleans, the easternmost point on the railroad, to New York.
To publicize this vast system, an intensive advertising effort was made by Southern Pacific by use of clever ads to entice the passenger and the shipper. Soon there were the named trains; Overland Limited, Shasta, Owl, Lark, Padre, Sunset and Golden State Limited to name a few.
During the 1920s and early 1930s the Southern Pacific through their monthly publication "Southern Pacific Bulletin" gave an extensive account of its history through a series of articles titled "From 'Frail to Rail." As the years went on these issues became a most sought after publication for their historical information-
To write a history of the Southern Pacific and its vast system is not an easy task and it remained for Ev Mills of History West to tackle the herculean effort and do it in such a way, that the reader would be able to follow the history in proper sequence with smooth reading-
It took much research and a decision as to what style to follow. Having an expertise in the art of printing and layout work, Ev began her diligent task. She took the history of the -Trail to Rail" series and placed them in proper sequence. She obtained much material from libraries, museums, rail buffs, well known rail historians and photographers to bring the story of the West's largest Transportation Company to fruition. Her decision was to write the history of the railroad in nine separate editions:
Each of the books have approximately 150 pages, each is a comprehensive story of the title-it takes you along the rail trails of yesteryear, the men who constructed them, the men who ran on them, the shipper, the passenger who rode in the open platform wooden coaches to the ornate Pullmans and elegant dining cars with their superb cuisine- There are timetables, maps, milepost stories of cities along the routes, statistics, ferryboats, river steamers, freight trains with their assortment of cars and finally the locomotives and cars as they come into "Memory Siding" - the California State  RaiIroad Museum - all profusely illustrated with the clever ads of yesteryear, reproduced postcards and the many photographs that were taken when steam was king-
It is all there, as it once was. The nine editions deserve a place in your Railroad History Library.
The west is won, rail travel popular, stories of the dining car, Pullman accomodations, the mail and baggage cars, war years, campaign trains, on the dot, time morives and the iron horse, and the little red caboose.

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