Strasburg Rail Road

Author: Eric S. Conner and Steve Barrall
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 1467125075
Format: PDF, Kindle
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When the Strasburg Rail Road was chartered in 1832, no one anticipated the myriad of obstacles the short line would encounter. What began as an afterthought in the early 19th century eventually became one of America's premier steam train excursions and the most visited heritage railroad in the continental United States. By 1957, the declining condition of its rails and the lack of freight and passenger service seemed to mark the end of the railroad, but it was given new life in 1958, and not even the wildest imagination foresaw the remarkable transformation and development this "Methuselah of railroads" would undergo. This book chronicles the unlikely success of America's oldest continuously operating railroad. Explore how and why Strasburg's four-and-a-half-mile line survived, and discover the story behind its ascension to prominence as an iconic, internationally known, small-town steam railroad.

Railroads Across North America

Author: Claude Wiatrowski
Publisher: Voyageur Press
ISBN: 161060136X
Format: PDF, ePub
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From the first steam-powered locomotives of the early nineteenth century to the high-speed commuter trains of today, the American railroad has been a great engine powering the nations growth and industry. This book celebrates the glory and grandeur of that legacy with a lavish tour of the history of the American railroad and the culture surrounding it. Generously illustrated with vintage photographs, modern images, maps, timetables, tickets, brochures, and all manner of memorabilia, this volume offers a fascinating look at the rail industrys beginnings and development, as well as its place in American history. From the might of the major rail companies and their empires to the romance of rail travel, this is the full and fabulously colorful story of the industry that moved a nation--and stirs our imaginations to this day.

The Trains of Our Memory

Author: Peter Osborne
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780986030543
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Fifty years ago the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission chose Strasburg, Pennsylvania as the site for its new railroad museum. The small town, situated in Lancaster County was, and remains, a major tourist destination with its farms, the Amish, and the Strasburg Rail Road. Since its opening in 1975, the museum has been a popular attraction ever since. Thousands of visitors come every year to see its remarkable world class collection of more than one hundred pieces of rolling stock including locomotives, passenger and freight cars and unique pieces of equipment. There are representatives of the earliest steam locomotives and passenger cars in the nation right up to more modern equipment that has been recently retired from service. The Museum is also home to an important archives of railroad materials including photographs, books, railroad history and artifacts. The collection includes materials on the railroads that were active in Pennsylvania. There are interactive exhibits, videos, model train boards, regular programs and events for a variety of interests and expertise. Visitors can climb up into steam and diesel locomotives and passenger coaches. Find out why this museum is called the flagship of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission's collection of historic sites and museums.

Guide to North American Railroad Hot Spots

Author: J. David Ingles
Publisher: Kalmbach Publishing, Co.
ISBN: 9780890243732
Format: PDF, Kindle
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A compilation of the best places to watch trains in operation across North America. Each entry includes a photos, general location, directions from the nearest highway, list of operating railroads, and the type and regularity of trains operating. Also includes railroad radio frequencies, scenic highlights, photography tips, safety considerations and other relevant travel information.

Reading Trains and Trolleys

Author: Philip K. Smith
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 9780738535142
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Rail transportation has been part of daily life in Reading since the 1830s. Reading Trains and Trolleys portrays the good old days of the Philadelphia & Reading Railway (reorganized as the Reading Company in 1923), the Schuykill Valley Division of the Pennsylvania Railroad, the Mount Penn Gravity Railroad, the Neversink Mountain Railroad, the Reading City Passenger Railway, and the Reading Traction Company. The Reading Railroad gained widespread recognition as a property for sale on the Monopoly board, but the history of trains and trolleys in Reading goes well beyond that iconography. Reading Trains and Trolleys documents the impact of railroad and trolley networks on Reading and adjoining communities, including photographs of the interior of the locomotive shop and the carbarn at Tenth and Exeter Streets, views of the Walnut Street yard before and after the Outer Station was constructed, and views from the Swinging Bridge, which spanned the yard by the Outer Station. The Historical Society of Berks County's collection of rail photographs includes many never-before-published images of diverse scenes in and around Reading.

Tourist Trains Guidebook

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

The Long Island Rail Road in Early Photographs

Author: Ron Ziel
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486157601
Format: PDF, ePub
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Over 220 rare photos, informative text document 1844 origin and development of rail service on Long Island. Vintage views of early trains, locomotives, stations, passengers, crews, much more. Captions.