The Great Railroad Revolution: The History of Trains in America
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. The railroads dominated the American landscape for more than a hundred years but by the middle of the twentieth century, the automobile, the truck, and the airplane had eclipsed the railroads and the nation started to forget them. In The Great Railroad Revolution, renowned railroad expert Christian Wolmar tells the extraordinary story of the rise and the fall of the greatest of all American endeavors, and argues that the time has come for America to reclaim and celebrate its often-overlooked rail heritage. 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. America was made by the railroads. 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. It united far-flung parts of the country, boosted economic development, and was the catalyst for America’s rise to world
--David Pitt . Wolmar is clearly in love with his subject—it’s easy to imagine him as a sort of walking encyclopedia of railroad lore—and his enthusiasm for his material shines through on every page. He finds the decline and increasing irrelevance of the railroad—especially the passenger rails—a deeply saddening aspect of contemporary life, and he makes a convincing case that, in losing rail travel as a fundamental human experience, we’ve lost a hugely important part of ourselves and our history. He focu
great history As a serious history buff but a very amateur rail fan, I've always been a bit disappointed. There always seemed to be no shortage of books out there that discussed all sorts of minutiae about obscure lines or particular engines or famous passenger trains. I could never really find anything, however, that got out of the trees and showed me the forest.Well, I think I finally found it. This book covers it all, from the technical innovations behind the Friend of Charleston to the political dimensions of the Acela. At the same time, it's a very easy read, as it's extremely well-written. It flows particularly well,. and fun to read Well written, well researched, and fun to read.Chuck Frank. "Plodding at times, but nonetheless fairly entertaining" according to Trey. Plodding at times, but some interesting history here and there.