Historical Atlas of the North American Railroad

Historical Atlas of the North American Railroad

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A bestselling historian returns with a visually sumptuous look at how the railroad transformed North America.

The railroad changed the face of North America forever, allowing the its economy to become industrialized and catalyzing settlement and growth within the continent. People and goods could now move vast distances, time zones were standardized, and military use of the railroads transformed the nature of war. This latest book in the popular Historical Atlas series outlines the development of the railroad system from its very beginnings around 1830 through to today's freight railroads and government passenger services. It features an unprecedented 400 -plus contemporary and historical railroad maps, photographs and many other railroadiana illustrations. Here is a colourful, integrated approach to the origins and development of railroads-their heyday, decline and modern rebirth-in both the United States and Canada, for anyone who loves art books, history, maps or railroads.

Publisher: Vancouver, B.C. : Douglas & McIntyre, c2010.
ISBN: 9781553655534
Branch Call Number: 385.097 HAY
Characteristics: 224 p. : ill. (some col.), maps (some col.) ; 33 cm.


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Jun 20, 2018

This book is like being enveloped in an encyclopedia of rail, from early innovations through modern times. Page after page of images, posters, drawings and yes... maps! LOTS of maps. Highly recommend this comprehensive work.

Feb 23, 2016

Historical Atlas of the North American Railroad --- by --- Derek Hayes.
A compilation of maps produced by the many different railroads over the span of time from their initial construction to current times, this book is much more than just a collection of maps. Rather it also includes a wealth of other information: illustrations, statistics and text that links and explains the maps and photographs. It goes into the intricacies of steam engines; land grants; technological change and more.
Of course you don’t read an atlas from cover to cover. Well, perhaps the text. But you study the maps: you extract from them what you will and then you move on. Slowly. This is a book that’ll keep you busy for quite a while. Engrossing.

Mar 05, 2013

An attractive 'coffee table' book that offers a brief, well illustrated (usually with a route map) item about each of the railroads of North America from the first days of steam through to contemporary plans for high-speed passenger rail. The book concludes with a list for Further Reading.

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