The Story of American Railroads: From the Iron Horse to the Diesel Locomotive (Paperback)

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The Story of American Railroads: From the Iron Horse to the Diesel Locomotive By Stewart H. Holbrook Cover Image


This richly comprehensive history by a self-proclaimed "low-brow" historian features more than 100 photographs and contemporary prints of America's railway system. Stewart H. Holbrook presents a dramatic, highly readable chronicle of the development of the backbone of the country's commerce and industry. Abounding in episodes of ingenuity and achievement, the growth of the railway system required constant improvements in techniques, devices, and machines, from the first wood burner that traveled on wooden rails to modern streamliners and diesel-powered giants.
In addition to technological innovations, the colossal enterprise required courage and resolve to battle challenges posed by nature as well as by political maneuvering and corruption. This fascinating survey draws upon many hitherto unknown original sources and new data, in addition to firsthand accounts from hundreds of brakemen, conductors, engineers, and other railroad employees. Sound and authoritative, it constitutes a definitive history of America's railroads.

About the Author

Stewart Hall Holbrook (1893-1964) worked as a lumberjack, actor, cartoonist, artillery man, and editor. In addition to reviews for the New York Herald Tribune and editorials and feature articles for the Portland Oregonian, he wrote several lively books on American history, covering topics as diverse as the timber industry, the Wobblies, Ethan Allen, and eccentrics of the Pacific Northwest.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780486799223
ISBN-10: 0486799220
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication Date: January 14th, 2016
Pages: 528
Language: English