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The Classic Western American Railroad Routes
 
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Consultant Editor: Bruce Clement Cooper

Hardcover, 2010, 12 x 10, 320 pages, color illustrations and tinted vintage photographs, maps and timetables, appendices, bibliography, index.

With mile by mile color route maps and hundreds of postcards, contemporary paintings and photographs.

A companion volume to "The Classic Eastern American Railroad Routes".  This handsome volume traces the development, history and routes of the major western American railroads using contemporary maps, photographs, illustrations and ephemera.  It is packed with images of rare railroadiana along with expertly written text, bringing the glory days of western railroads back to life.

Two appendices cover locomotives and rolling stock on western railroads.  A third covers museums and places to visit.

Note: This book is slightly shelf worn, showing some small marring on the back, as well as some wear, and one very small tear, along the seams of the spine.  The spine is not as tight as it once was, but otherwise the book is in good condition.  It does not show mistreatment.  All this results in a substantial price reduction from the original $29.95 to $19.99.
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In 1869, the east and west coasts of the USA were at last linked by rail, launching what is now known as the "golden age of the railroad." Within twenty years several other major transcontinental routes had been opened, and the railroad companies, which had invested millions of dollars, needed to attract freight and passengers. To celebrate these pioneering routes, the railroad companies, enterprising publishers, and even the United States Geological Service, produced a large quantity of colorful literature, including souvenir books, foldout postcards and illustrated maps. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - During these enterprising years, countless numbers of people would be crossing the wide open plains, deserts, rivers and rugged mountain ranges to reach the west coast and new areas of settlement and commerce. The crossing would become one of the most exciting adventures that a civilized traveler could imagine. These intrepid people would be the catalyst for an imerging industry, not just of the railroad, but of the people and the young nation itself. What an interesting era these people would make of the geography, the history and the success of the eventful nineteenth century. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - The Classic Western American Railroad Routes is a book to recount this fabulous story, not of the one, but of the many who served to spread the nation out along the transcontinental routes of what would become in quick time a new expansive industry. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Contents: - The Overland Route - The Southern Pacific Sunset Route - The Northern Pacific Route - The Santa Fe Route - The Denver and Rio Grande Route - The Shasta Route and Coast Line - The Canadian Pacific - Appendices - Bibliography - Index



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