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  • Tootin' Louieby Don L. Hofsommer

    University of Minnesota Press 2004; US$ 75.00

    In The Tootin' Louie, railroad historian Don L. Hofsommer offers a comprehensive biography of the Minneapolis & St. Louis Railway and its Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota, and Illinois service areas. Incorporating primary research documents, including station records and dispatchers' reports, Hofsommer brings the M&StL to life by portraying the... more...

  • Minneapolis and the Age of Railwaysby Don L. Hofsommer

    University of Minnesota Press 2005; US$ 40.00

    In Minneapolis and the Age of Railways, Don L. Hofsommer presents Minneapolis from the 1860s into the 1950s, when railroads served as a unique link between city and countryside. Illustrated with more than 200 period photographs and maps, this remarkable book reflects a time when the locomotive dominated the landscape and set the tempo for the nation?the... more...

  • Hook and Eyeby Don L. Hofsommer

    University of Minnesota Press 2001; US$ 35.00

    Analyzing the origins, growth, and eventual dismantling of the Iowa Central Railway, Don L. Hofsommer examines how this “plain vanilla” railway was an example of the life cycle of the American railroad industry. Drawing the story from station records, ann more...

  • Off the Main Linesby Don L. Hofsommer

    Indiana University Press 2013; US$ 45.99

    In this visually stunning and comprehensive photographic essay, railroad historian and photographer Donovan L. Hofsommer records the end of branchline passenger service, the demise of electric railroads, the transition from steam to diesel power, as well as the end of common carrier freight service on the Colorado narrow gauge. Off the Main Lines... more...

  • Iowa's Railroadsby Don L. Hofsommer; H. Roger Grant

    Indiana University Press 2009; US$ 38.99

    At one point in time, no place in Iowa was more than a few miles from an active line of rail track. In this splendid companion volume to Steel Trails of Hawkeyeland (IUP, 2005), H. Roger Grant and Don L. Hofsommer explore the pivotal role that railroads played in the urban development of the state as well as the symbiotic relationship Iowa and its... more...

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