Atlas of North American Railroads (Anglais) Relié – Illustré, 18 décembre 2005
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Description du produit
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“A compact and interesting volume for any railfan’s collection.”
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Each railroad’s routes unfold in multi-page spreads featuring a capsule history, vital specs such as track mileage and years of operation, and period photographs, all detailing the mid-twentieth-century might of North American railroads.
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The scope of the book is surprisingly broad. Some of the railroads shown here have been defunct for decades. The book has good text and several photos that show lines that many people only know as memories. It covers modern routes that have emerged from buyouts and mergers (i.e., BNSF) but omits Amtrak. This book has good nostalgia value but the maps, regardless of their origin, are quite informative. A good historian can decipher information for any type of source, even old rail route maps. I enjoy reviewing this book and recommend it fully.
The capsule histories that adjoin the maps are helpful as well; it's a quick way to learn how the Penn Central went bankrupt or the way that the big modern railroads absorbed the rest. The maps are listed by railroad, seem to cover most of the old companies, sometimes going back to the beginning of rail operations in the early 19th C., rather than state by state as in some atlases. The detail can get kind of tiny but I'm still happy, as a fan of railroad history and lore, that I have this book.