Best History of Railroads Books

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1. From the River to the Sea: The Untold Story of the Railroad War That Made the West

Author: by John Sedgwick
English
352 pages
1982104287

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A sweeping and lively history of one of the most dramatic stories never toldof the greatest railroad war of all time, fought by the daring leaders of the Santa Fe and the Rio Grande to seize, control, and create the American West.

It is difficult to imagine now, but for all of its cloudy peaks and gorgeous coastline, the American West might have been barren tundra as far as most Americans knew well into the 19th century. While gauzy advertising promotions of the West as a paradise on earth intrigued citizens in the East and Midwest, many believed the journey too hazardous to be worthwhileuntil 1869, when the first transcontinental railroad changed the face of transportation.

Railroad companies soon became the rulers of western expansion, choosing routes, creating brand-new railroad towns, and building up remote settlements like Santa Fe, Albuquerque, San Diego, and El Paso into proper cities. But thinning federal grants left the routes incomplete, an opportunity that two brash new railroad men, armed with private investments and determination to build an empire across the Southwest clear to the Pacific, soon seized, leading to the greatest railroad war in American history.


2. Last Train to Paradise: Henry Flagler and the Spectacular Rise and Fall of the Railroad that Crossed an Ocean

Author: by Les Standiford
Crown
English
320 pages

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The fast-paced and gripping true account of the extraordinary construction and spectacular demise of the Key West Railroadone of the greatest engineering feats ever undertaken, destroyed in one fell swoop by the strongest storm ever to hit U.S.Shores.

In 1904, the brilliant and driven entrepreneur Henry Flagler, partner to John D. Rockefeller, dreamed of a railway connecting the island of Key West to the Florida mainland, crossing a staggering 153 miles of open oceanan engineering challenge beyond even that of the Panama Canal.

Many considered the project impossible, but build it they did. The railroad stood as a magnificent achievement for more than twenty-two years, heralded as the Eighth Wonder of the World, until its total destruction in 1935’s deadly storm of the century.

In Last Train to Paradise, Standiford celebrates this crowning achievement of Gilded Age ambition, bringing to life a sweeping tale of the powerful forces of human ingenuity colliding with the even greater forces of nature’s wrath.


3. Train: The Definitive Visual History

Author: by DK

1465422293
DK
English

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This glorious visual celebration of train travel keeps you on the right track with stop-offs at the most important and incredible rail routes from all over the world. Your first stop in The Train Book is the groundbreaking steam locomotives of the 19th century and your final destination is the high-speed bullet trains of today.

From the Union-Pacific Railroad to the Trans-Siberian Railway, you’ll cross the continents to experience epic journeys and staggering scenery. You’ll pick a seat on the most iconic locomotives, including the Orient Express, the Blue Train, and the Eurostar. You can also inspect the engines of famous British trains, such as Rocket, Mallard, and Javelin, and international trains, such as India’s Palace on Wheels and America’s Thatcher Perkins.

You’ll meet the true pioneers of train and track, including Father of the Railways George Stephenson, engineering legend Isambard Kingdom Brunel, and Mtro maestro Fulgence Bienvene. For train-spotters and transport enthusiasts everywhere, this is your trip of a lifetime.


4. Nothing Like It In the World: The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad 1863-1869

Author: by Stephen E. Ambrose
Simon & Schuster
English
432 pages

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Nothing Like It in the World gives the account of an unprecedented feat of engineering, vision, and courage. It is the story of the men who built the transcontinental railroadthe investors who risked their businesses and money; the enlightened politicians who understood its importance; the engineers and surveyors who risked, and sometimes lost, their lives; and the Irish and Chinese immigrants, the defeated Confederate soldiers, and the other laborers who did the backbreaking and dangerous work on the tracks.The U.S.

Government pitted two companiesthe Union Pacific and the Central Pacific Railroadsagainst each other in a race for funding, encouraging speed over caution. Locomotives, rails, and spikes were shipped from the East through Panama or around South America to the West or lugged across the country to the Plains.

In Ambrose’s hands, this enterprise, with its huge expenditure of brainpower, muscle, and sweat, comes vibrantly to life.


5. Tourist Trains Guidebook, Eighth Edition

Author: by Trains Staff and Contributors
Kalmbach Books
English
400 pages

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Tourist Trains Guidebook, Eighth Edition describes 500+ popular train rides, museums, and railroad vacation destinations in the U.S and Canada. Thoroughly updated for 2021, the latest edition also includes new listings, maps and photos, as well as a regional map of North America for quick reference.

The unique and essential travel guide features: An easy-to-follow format organized by region. A site list, map, and photo at the start of each section. Insider tips on what to see, when to go, and how to get there. Address and contact information for each listing.

Premium paper stock for repeated handling.And much more!


6. Iron Empires: Robber Barons, Railroads, and the Making of Modern America

Author: by Michael Hiltzik
Mariner Books
English
448 pages

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Engrossing [Hiltzik is] an able narrator, with an eye for telling detail. New York Times Book ReviewFrom Pulitzer Prizewinner Michael Hiltzik, the epic tale of the clash for supremacy between America’s railroad titans. In 1869, when the final spike was driven into the Transcontinental Railroad, few were prepared for its seismic aftershocks.

Once a hodgepodge of short, squabbling lines, America’s railways soon exploded into a titanic industry helmed by a pageant of speculators, crooks, and visionaries. The vicious competition between empire builders such as Cornelius Vanderbilt, Jay Gould, J.P.Morgan, and E.H.

Harriman sparked stock market frenzies, panics, and crashes; provoked strikes that upended the relationship between management and labor; transformed the nation’s geography; and culminated in a ferocious two-man battle that shook the nation’s financial markets to their foundations and produced dramatic, lasting changes in the interplay of business and government.


7. Rail-Trails Pennsylvania: The definitive guide to the state's top multiuse trails

Author: by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
Wilderness Press
English
296 pages

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Explore 72 of the best rail-trails and multiuse pathways across Pennsylvania All across the country, unused railroad corridors have been converted into public multiuse trails. Here, the experts from Rails-to-Trails Conservancy present the best of these rail-trails, as well as other multiuse pathways, in Pennsylvania.

Take a cultural journey along Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers Heritage Trail, or enjoy a speedy out-and-back on the Greene River Trail. Explore Harrisburg via the Capital Area Greenbelt, or experience the countryside along the Redbank Valley Trail. You’ll appreciate the detailed maps for each trail, plus driving directions to trailheads.

Quick, at-a-glance icons indicate which activities each trail can accommodate, from biking to fishing to snowmobiling. Best of all, the succinct descriptions are written by rail-trail experts, so you know it’s information that you can rely on! Whether you’re on feet, wheels, or skis, you’ll love the variety in this collection of multiuse trailsfrom beautiful waterways and scenic areas to the hustle and bustle of the states’ urban centers!


8. All Things Touch: A Saga of the American West

Author: by John Randall Aikman
English
647 pages
1735797405

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In an era of unparalleled innovation, a generation-spanning cast of men and women will help shape the future of the American West:Lured by prospects in the West, three brothers leave the family farm. The eldest, trying to shake the memories of the Civil War and a love lost, throws himself into the building of the first transcontinental railroad …

Surprised to discover life’s unexpected second chances. Another uproots his family and moves to Nebraska to farm under the vast frontier skies, but he soon becomes trapped in the middle of Indian conflicts, range wars, and a complex love triangle.

The youngest struggles to find his way, drifting from place to place where trouble often finds him, but in a rowdy Wyoming town he is confronted with choices that could make or break his future. Their ambitious brother-in-law creates the country’s first nationwide express company, risking political entanglements that could cause it’s ruin, or, worse, ensnare his sons in the ensuing shambles.


9. Rail-Trails Northern New England: The definitive guide to multiuse trails in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont

Author: by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
Wilderness Press
English
232 pages

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Explore 60 of the best rail-trails and multiuse pathways across three states with this official guide. All across the country, unused railroad corridors have been converted to public multiuse trails. In this official guide, the experts from Rails-to-Trails Conservancy present the best of these rail-trails, as well as other multiuse pathways, in Northern New England.

Tour Maine’s Eastern Promenade Trail, showcasing Portland’s Casco Bay and Portland Harbor. Enjoy picturesque countryside on the Northern Rail TrailNew Hampshire’s longest rail-trail. Take a ride along Vermont’s Island Rail Trail, which boasts a spectacular marble causeway crossing Lake Champlain.

Whether you’re on feet, wheels, or skis, you’ll love the variety in this collection of multiuse trailsfrom beautiful waterways and scenic areas to the hustle and bustle of the states’ urban centers! In this book, you’ll find:Detailed maps for every rail-trail, plus driving directions to trailheadsIcons indicating the activities each trail can accommodateSuccinct descriptions written by rail-trail expertsYou can now throw away all your self-help books on fighting depression, losing weight, toning muscles, finding something to do with your kids, and learning American history.

10. Rail-Trails Southern New England: The definitive guide to multiuse trails in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island

Author: by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
Wilderness Press
English
216 pages

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Explore 52 of the best rail-trails and multiuse pathways across Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island All across the country, unused railroad corridors have been converted to public multiuse trails. In this official guide, the experts from Rails-to-Trails Conservancy present the best of these rail-trails, as well as other multiuse pathways, in Southern New England.

Explore two Hall of Fame Rail-Trails: the Minuteman Bikeway, with its historical connections to the American Revolution, and the East Bay Bike Path, with its quintessential New England waterfront views. Discover paths that traverse the quiet woodlands of Connecticut and the charming communities of Rhode Island.

Learn about ambitious trail projects across Massachusetts, like the Border to Boston Trail. Whether you’re on feet, wheels, or skis, you’ll love the variety in this collection of multiuse trailsfrom beautiful waterways and scenic areas to the hustle and bustle of the states’ urban centers!

In this book, you’ll find:Detailed maps for every rail-trail, plus driving directions to trailheadsIcons indicating the activities each trail can accommodateSuccinct descriptions written by rail-trail expertsYou can now throw away all your self-help books on fighting depression, losing weight, toning muscles, finding something to do with your kids, and learning American history.

11. Union Pacific's Big Boys: The Complete Story from History to Restoration

Author: by Trains Magazine
English
224 pages
162700792X

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Union Pacific’s Big Boys: The complete story from history to restoration covers the who, what, why, and when of the 25 popular 4-8-8-4 steam locomotives. This book gives the historical background on the early 1940s development, explains why they were built, how they were used, and traces their history until they were retired in the 1950s.

It also covers the much anticipated and well covered restoration of No. 4014 starting when it was recovered in a park in 2013 all the way through to its restoration and tour across the United States in the summer of 2019. Trains magazine has been published for almost 80 years, much of which has included extensive coverage of Union Pacific’s Big Boys since they were created.

Everything you need to know about these popular steam locomotives can be found in this 224-page book.

12. Rail-Trails New Jersey & New York: The definitive guide to the region's top multiuse trails

Author: by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
English
232 pages
0899979653

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Explore 58 of the best rail-trails and multiuse pathways across two states All across the country, unused railroad corridors have been converted into public multiuse trails. Here, the experts from Rails-to-Trails Conservancy present the best of these rail-trails, as well as other multiuse pathways, in New Jersey and New York.

Explore four Hall of Fame Rail-Trails: the High Line, New York City’s famed aerial greenway, and a trio of connected rail-trailsthe Hudson Valley Rail Trail, Walkway Over the Hudson, and William R. Steinhaus Dutchess Rail Trailthat form a seamless 20-mile pathway through New York’s scenic Hudson Valley.

Learn about ambitious trail projects, like New York’s state-spanning Empire State Trail and the 800-mile Circuit Trails network in Camden and Greater Philadelphia. And discover paths that offer views of some of America’s most iconic natural treasures, such as Niagara Falls, the Great Lakes, the Atlantic Ocean coastline, the Finger Lakes, and the Catskill and Adirondack Mountains.

13. USA by Rail: plus Canada's main routes (Bradt Travel Guide)

Author: by John Pitt

Bradt Travel Guides
English
368 pages

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This ninth edition of Bradt’s USA by Rail guidebook has been fully revised and expanded to take account of changes to Amtrak routes and services, plus the latest Amtrak and VIA Rail pass details, and features over 500 destinations, including Disney World, the Grand Canyon and Niagara Falls.

With 25 long-distance train journeys across the United States and a further 12 in Canada, plus sightseeing highlights for 38 major cities, accommodation options from cheap to chic and everything you need to find your way around unfamiliar train stations, this book has all the practical information required to make the most of a rail pass.

There are maps, route plans and photographs, up-to-date security and immigration information, plus vital tips for sightseeing, local transport and accommodation, as well as chapters on VIA Rail, the Rocky Mountaineer and other trains in Canada. The book also includes a history of North American railroads, current steam train operators, tourist railways and museums, as well as sound advice for the visitor from overseas.

14. The Great Railroad Revolution: The History of Trains in America

Author: by Christian Wolmar
PublicAffairs
English
448 pages

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America was made by the railroads. The opening of the Baltimore & Ohio line – the first American railroad – in the 1830s sparked a national revolution in the way that people lived thanks to the speed and convenience of train travel.

Promoted by visionaries and built through heroic effort, the American railroad network was bigger in every sense than Europe’s, and facilitated everything from long-distance travel to commuting and transporting goods to waging war. It united far-flung parts of the country, boosted economic development, and was the catalyst for America’s rise to world-power status.

Every American town, great or small, aspired to be connected to a railroad and by the turn of the century, almost every American lived within easy access of a station. By the early 1900s, the United States was covered in a latticework of more than 200,000 miles of railroad track and a series of magisterial termini, all built and controlled by the biggest corporations in the land.

15. Ghosts of Gold Mountain: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad

Author: by Gordon Chang
Mariner
English
320 pages

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Gripping …Chang has accomplished the seemingly impossible … He has written a remarkably rich, human, and compelling story of the railroad Chinese. Peter Cozzens, Wall Street JournalWINNER OF THE ASIAN/PACIFIC AMERICAN AWARD FOR LITERATURE WINNER OF THE CHINESE AMERICAN LIBRARIANS ASSOCIATION BEST BOOK AWARDA groundbreaking, breathtaking history of the Chinese workers who built the Transcontinental Railroad, helping to forge modern America only to disappear into the shadows of history until now From across the sea, they came by the thousands, escaping war and poverty in southern China to seek their fortunes in America.

Converging on the enormous western worksite of the Transcontinental Railroad, the migrants spent years dynamiting tunnels through the snow-packed cliffs of the Sierra Nevada and laying tracks across the burning Utah desert. Their sweat and blood fueled the ascent of an interlinked, industrial United States.

But those of them who survived this perilous effort would suffer a different kind of death: a historical one, as they were pushed first to the margins of American life and then to the fringes of public memory. In this groundbreaking account, award-winning scholar Gordon H.

16. Overhaul: A Social History of the Albuquerque Locomotive Repair Shops

Author: by Richard Flint
English
248 pages
0826362494

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In Overhaul, historians Richard Flint and Shirley Cushing Flint present the largely forgotten story of Albuquerque’s locomotive repair shops, which were the driving force behind the city’s economy for more than seventy years. In the course of their study they also document the thousands of skilled workers who kept the locomotives in operation, many of whom were part of the growing Hispano and Native American middle class.

Their critical work kept the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe’s steam trains running and established and maintained Albuquerque’s unique character in the region. Including a generous selection of historic photographs, Overhaul provides a glimpse into the people, places, culture, and special history found in Albuquerque’s locomotive shops during the boom of steam railroading.

The Flints provide an engaging and informative account of how these shops and workers played a crucial role in the formation and development of the Duke City.