A History of Georgia Railroads

Author: Robert C. Jones
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 1439660123
Format: PDF
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Before the start of the Civil War, Georgia had ten railroads, five of which figured significantly in General William T. Sherman’s Atlanta Campaign and March to the Sea. The number of rail lines in the state ballooned after the war. Many were founded by individual entrepreneurs like Henry Plant and Thomas Clyde, while the biggest railroad of them all (Southern Railway) was created out of whole cloth by New York financier J.P. Morgan. At the close of the nineteenth century, consolidation was already in process, and by the end of the next century, only three significant railroads remained in Georgia. Author and historian Robert C. Jones examines Georgia’s rail history over the past two centuries and today.

All Aboard

Author: Jim Loomis
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
ISBN: 1569761760
Format: PDF, Mobi
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“This comprehensive guide will assist the traveler in planning an excursion and executing it with minimum effort and maximum pleasure.” —Library Journal All Aboard—first published in 1995, and here completely revised and updated—is much more than just a mile-by-mile scenery guide for train travelers. It will make any trip smoother and more enjoyable with its insightful travel trips and information about how railroads operate. With trains attracting new riders in record numbers, the time is perfect for a new edition of All Aboard. All Aboard is more than an ordinary travel guide. The author tells us how and why the first railroads came about, describes the building of America’s trans-continental railroad, and explains how individual trains are operated. He also offers advice that can only come from a veteran traveler: booking trips, finding the lowest fares, avoiding pitfalls, packing for an overnight trip, what to do on board, whom to tip and how much. This new, fourth edition includes a new chapter about eight major railway stations, and is updated throughout with new information and photographs. It discusses Amtrak’s new locomotives and Viewliner sleeping cars, changes in rules regarding pets and bicycles on American trains, and much more. Jim Loomis writes frequently about train travel for Sunday newspaper travel sections and has ridden every one of Amtrak’s long-distance trains multiple times, logging nearly 200,000 miles. He is a member of the board of directors of the National Association of Railroad Passengers.

Time Out Great Train Journeys of the World

Author: Time Out
Publisher: Time Out Guides
ISBN: 1846701511
Format: PDF, ePub
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This lively guide takes an in-depth look at 40 of the world's best train journeys, from short to long, luxurious to decidedly less so, nostalgic steam lines to the latest high-tech locomotives. Covering a variety of reader interests, the book is divided into inspiring sections such as Crossing Continents, State of the Art, Cultural Experiences, Nostalgia, and Scenic Spectaculars. Every journey includes a bells-and-whistles fact box giving useful and amusing insider tips ? what to pack, the best photo-ops, maximizing the best the trip has to offer, and more. All journeys are planned as complete vacations and offer suggestions for memorable side trips. Featuring stunning photographs throughout, Time Out Great Train Journeys is as beautiful as it is practical, and is an indispensable reference for any rail buff.

The Polar Express

Author: Chris Van Allsburg
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 0547771282
Format: PDF, Mobi
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1986 Caldecott Medal Winner A young boy, lying awake one Christmas Eve, is welcomed aboard a magical trip to the North Pole . . . Through dark forests, over tall mountains, and across a desert of ice, the Polar Express makes its way to the city atop the world, where the boy will make his Christmas wish. For millions of readers worldwide, this mysterious journey to the North Pole has become a beloved classic. In this 30th anniversary edition, the inimitable artistry of Chris Van Allsburg is revealed in a never-before-seen fashion, with a new jacket design and expanded interior layout. Includes an author’s note.

Lonely Planet Amazing Train Journeys

Author: Lonely Lonely Planet
Publisher: Lonely Planet
ISBN: 9781787014305
Format: PDF
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This beautiful and informative guide to 60 of the world's greatest train journeys includes classic long-distance trips like Western Canada's Rocky Mountaineer and Darwin to Adelaide's The Ghan, to little-known gems on regular commuting lines, plus planning advice to make each journey a reality.- Includes practical information like ticket options, timetables and stops- Full of inspiring photos and illustrated, colour route maps throughout- Combines route details with tips on what to pack and how to get there

Tourist Trains Guidebook

Author: Trains Magazine
Publisher: Kalmbach Publishing, Co.
ISBN: 0871162733
Format: PDF, Docs
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Provides reviews and listings for a variety of railroad museums in the United States and Canada.

American Railroads

Author: John F. Stover
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226776606
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Few scenes capture the American experience so eloquently as that of a lonely train chugging across the vastness of the Great Plains, or snaking through tortuous high mountain passes. Although this vision was eclipsed for a time by the rise of air travel and trucking, railroads have enjoyed a rebirth in recent years as profitable freight carriers. A fascinating account of the rise, decline, and rebirth of railroads in the United States, John F. Stover's American Railroads traces their history from the first lines that helped eastern seaports capture western markets to today's newly revitalized industry. Stover describes the growth of the railroads' monopoly, with the consequent need for state and federal regulations; relates the vital part played by the railroads during the Civil War and the two World Wars; and charts the railroads' decline due to the advent of air travel and trucking during the 1950s. In two new chapters, Stover recounts the remarkable recovery of the railroads, along with other pivotal events of the industry's recent history. During the 1960s declining passenger traffic and excessive federal regulation led to the federally-financed creation of Amtrak to revive passenger service and Conrail to provide freight service on bankrupt northeastern railroads. The real savior for the railroads, though, proved to be the Staggers Rail Act of 1980, which brought prosperity to rail freight carriers by substantially deregulating the industry. By 1995, renewed railroad freight traffic had reached nearly twice its former peak in 1944. Bringing both a seasoned eye and new insights to bear on one of the most American of industries, Stover has produced the definitive history of railroads in the United States.

American Narrow Gauge Railroads

Author: George W. Hilton
ISBN: 9780804723695
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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This is a comprehensive, illustrated account of the growth and decline of American narrow gauge railroading. It documents a long-gone era, bringing to life ancient steam locomotives, railroads and rolling stock that have mostly disappeared without trace. The basic facts and information on the subject are heavily illustrated with photographs, drawings and maps, presented in an encyclopedia format.

Rail U S A Museums Trips

Author: Bella Terra Publishing LLC
Publisher: Bella Terra Pub
ISBN: 9781888216530
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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The Ultimate Guide for Railroad Enthusiasts! Information on more than 1,200 rail attractions in all 50 states -- the most comprehensive and up-to-date listing anywhere. Includes Railroad Museums & Exhibits, Historic Depots, Scenic Railroads, Dinner Trains, Trolley Rides & Museums, Miniature Railroads, Model Layouts & Antique Toy Trains, Railroad Historic Sites, and Train Viewing Platforms & Locations Locations are shown on detailed maps for easy travel planning. 48 beautiful original watercolor illustrations of trains, stations and roundhouses. Each of 3 regional map guides is 27" x 39", folded to 6" x 9 3/4", printed two sides, shrinkwrapped under cover with spine.