More Classic American Railroads

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During America's post-Civil War industrial boom, countless new railroad companies emerged to form an iron web unifying the country from sea to shining sea. However, by the end of the nineteenth century, scores of these little upstarts had merged to form larger companies. The result was a legion of railroads that would serve the transportation needs of the United States for the better part of the twentieth century. Many of these railroads became classics," companies that had become household names, inextricably tied to the villages, cities, and people they served.

Author Mike Schafer's first book, Classic American Railrods, covered 15 of the best-known and largest of America's railroads of the twentieth century, including companies like the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe; the rival Pennsylvania and New York Central railroads; and the mighty Union Pacific. But for every railroad chosen for that volume, two or three had to wait their turn for another book. Hence the creation of More Classic American Railroads.

More Classic American Railroads picks up where its predecessor, Classic American Railroads, left off. Herein are 16 more classic railroads, most of which have vanished through the frenzy of mergers and acquisitions that closed out the twentieth century. And though most of the entries in More Classic American Railroads may be smaller than the titans featured in the first volume, they are no less interesting. All have their own story to tell: a history of development, the operations of their freight and passenger trains, and their transition into other companies.

Through an insightful text and 200 color and black-and-white illustrations, More Classic American Railroads takes you on a rail journey to all parts of the United States over the span of a century or more, and aboard some of the most colorful railroads in America's history. Ride the Chicago Great Western, Southern, Western Pacific, Chesapeake & Ohio, Wabash, Nickel Plate, New Haven, Kansas City Southern, and other favorites from the golden age of railroading. All aboard!


Chapter 1: Bangor & Aroostook - Serving Northern Maine

Chapter 2: Chesapeake & Ohio - George Washington's Railroad

Chapter 3: Chicago Great Western - The Corn Belt Route

Chapter 4: Delaware & Hudson - The Bridge Line

Chapter 5: Erie Railroad - Serving the Heart of Industrial America

Chapter 6: Gulf, Mobile & Ohio - The Alton Route

Chapter 7: Kansas City Southern - Route of the Southern Belle

Chapter 8: Lehigh Valley - Route of the Black Diamond

Chapter 9: Missouri Pacific - Route of the Eagles

Chapter 10: New York, Chicago & St. Louis - Nickel Plate High Speed Service

Chapter 11: New York, New Haven & Hartford - Serving New York and New England

Chapter 12: Northern Pacific - Main Street of the Northwest

Chapter 13: Seaboard Air Line - Through the Heart of the South

Chapter 14: Southern Railway - Southern Serves the South

Chapter 15: Wabash - Follow the Flag

Chapter 16: Western Pacific - The Feather River Route

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