Train Country  Illustrated History of Canadian National Railways Soft Cover
Train Country  Illustrated History of Canadian National Railways Soft Cover
Train Country  Illustrated History of Canadian National Railways Soft Cover
Train Country  Illustrated History of Canadian National Railways Soft Cover
Train Country  Illustrated History of Canadian National Railways Soft Cover

Train Country Illustrated History of Canadian National Railways Soft Cover

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Train Country Illustrated History of Canadian National Railways Soft Cover
 
Train Country An Illustrated History of Canadian National Railways By Donald MacKay & Lorne Perry
Hard Cover with Dust Jacket
Copyright 1994 First paperback printing 1995
192 Pages

CONTENTS
PREFACE 7
Chapter 1 TEA KETTLES AND DINOSAURS 11
Chapter 2 THE PEOPLE'S RAILWAY 49
Chapter 3 OUT OF STEAM 93
Chapter 4 RAILWAY PEOPLE 135
Chapter 5 RAILROADING IN THE SPACE AGE 171
A BRIEF CHRONOLOGY 185
INDEX 189

When Canadian National Railways was created after World War I by combining five financially troubled lines, it became the largest railway in the country, with thousands of miles of track as well as hotels, ships, telegraph and other services. But it took vision and will to meld the disparate elements into a coherent system. This book captures the heyday of Canadian National, when the railway played a central role in the nation's life, populating the prairies and opening remote northern areas. Passengers travelled in style on expresses and limiteds that linked major cities, while freight trains moved the products of farm, mine and forest to market and carried goods to small towns. Then there were the mysterious "silken" that rushed their valuable cargo from the Vancouver docks to the silk market in New York. The 150 splendid photos, drawn chiefly from CN's own archives, show not only the powerful steam locomotives and opulent passenger cars but the railway's impact on the Canadian landscape. In almost every town the railway crossed the main street, and the station was the focus of community life. Every city had vast yards with mountains of coal and rows of rail cars and locomotives. Personal reminiscences of people who spent their lives working on the railway-engineers, porters, firemen, signalmen and others-enliven the story. For them the railway was more than a job; it was a way of life.

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