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Historical Atlas of the North American Railroad

Derek Hayes (Author)

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Hardcover, 224 pages
ISBN: 9780520266162
October 2010
$41.95, £31.95
America’s long romance with the train has been the subject of many books, but none has used contemporary maps to comprehensively illustrate the story. Until now. Here the latest of Derek Hayes’s historical atlases delves into the history of the railroad in North America, from its origins in Britain in the 1820s and short lines connecting Eastern Seaboard rivers in the 1830s to Amtrak and the modern intermodal freights driving today’s railroad revival. Colorful and informative, the book covers a vast range of topics and offers an impressive array of types of railroad map, from the purely utilitarian to the gorgeously promotional. Nearly 400 old railroad maps, most in full color, plus many historical photos, brochures, and posters, combine to provide a new perspective on the North American railroad. Historical Atlas of the North American Railroad also explains how the railroad transformed the economic and social life of a continent, fundamentally changing the two North American nations it linked from the Atlantic to the Pacific.
Derek Hayes is the author of many books, including Historical Atlas of the United States, Historical Atlas of California, and Historical Atlas of the American West, all from UC Press.
“Sumptuously spilling over with period maps, posters, and images as well as impeccable historical data. Steel-wheels heads of all gauges will find it enlightening and entertaining.”—American History
“Consider this another spectacular atlas from accomplished geographer Hayes. . . . [His] latest atlas is a delight.”—Library Journal
“This atlas serves as a fascinating reference and is also just plain fun to browse through.”—J.W. Classic Trains
“Impressive. . . . Lavishly illustrated, beautifully bound, and richly textured, this volume stunningly reproduces the visual culture of the railroad.”—William G. Thomas, University of Nebraska—Lincoln Great Plains Research
“The latest in the UC Press series of historical atlases, this handsome volume delivers nearly 400 railroad maps along with a veritable feast of vintage ads, posters, and photographs, providing an experience for the railroad buff that’s second only to running a hand over a real fire-tube boiler or hearing a train whistle.”—American Heritage
“Based on solid research. . . . Every page of the atlas has wonderful original maps as well a photos, brochures, or posters.”—Booklist
“The wealth of visual information, comprehensive coverage, and optimistic stance for the future of railroads on the North American continent make this an important purchase for all reference collections.—Choice
“Contains an extensive treasure trove . . . enough to make a modern commuter weep nostalgic tears.”—
"These volumes hold something for everybody."—Oregon Historical Quarterly
“Makes such a valuable contribution to United States and Canadian history generally, and railroad history specifically, that I found it hard to put down.” --Carlos A. Schwantes, author of Just One Restless Rider: Reflections on Trains and Travel and The Pacific Northwest: An Interpretive History (Revised and Enlarged Edition)

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