Iron Road by Richard Snow Photos by David Plowden Dust Jacket 1978 90 pages
Iron Road by Richard Snow Photos by David Plowden Dust Jacket 1978 90 pages
Iron Road by Richard Snow Photos by David Plowden Dust Jacket 1978 90 pages

Iron Road by Richard Snow Photos by David Plowden Dust Jacket 1978 90 pages

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Iron Road by Richard Snow Photos by David Plowden Dust Jacket 1978 90 pages
 
The Iron Road by Richard Snow Photos by David Plowden Dust Jacket 1978 90 pages
Trains are in our blood. More than any law or war, more than any statesman or treaty, the railroad built, shaped and defined the America we live in today. It summoned cities out of forests, gave us strong legends and a brand-new culture: it made us a world power.
In words and pictures, The Iron Road tells the story of American railroading in all its excitement and adventure, from the first murderous locomotives, through the great days of steam, to the troubles and promises of the present day. Here are the fascinating machines -and the men who breathed life into them: the geniuses and cranks, the heroes and swindlers who pushed the tracks through the mountains and across the deserts.
Battered and diminished though today's trains may seem, the old magic is still there in all its power. The rails still run on over the horizon and a weary diesel rattling past with grease on its flanks pulling a drag of westbound freight cars still calls us away to better, brighter places.
This book celebrates our railroads - what they were, and what they are today. The Iron Road matches Richard Snow's delightful, informative text with David Plowden's eloquent and lovingly detailed photographs. Their collaboration is the culmination of a shared lifelong fascination with American railroading.

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