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  • Steamby Andrea Sutcliffe

    Palgrave Macmillan 2005; US$ 28.00

    In 1807, Robert Fulton, using an English mail-order steam engine, chugged four miles an hour up the Hudson River, passing into popular folklore as the inventor of the steamboat. However, the true first passenger steamboat in America, and the world, was built from scratch, and plied the Delaware River in 1790, almost two decades earlier. Its inventor,... more...

  • Titanicby Roger Cartwright; June Cartwright

    The History Press 2011; US$ 7.28

    On 15 April 2012, 100 years will have passed since the Royal Mail Steamer Titanic hit an iceberg and foundered in the North Atlantic with the loss of 1,503 lives. Had the disaster not occurred, what is now the best-known ship in the world would have lost the title of the largest liner within just two years. She was certainly not the fastest passenger... more...

  • The White Cascadeby Gary Krist

    Henry Holt and Co. 2008; US$ 18.99

    The never-before-told story of one of the worst rail disasters in U.S. history in which two trains full of people, trapped high in the Cascade Mountains, are hit by a devastating avalanche In February 1910, a monstrous blizzard centered on Washington State hit the Northwest, breaking records. The world stopped--but nowhere was the danger more... more...

  • Shropshire Railwaysby Geoff Cryer

    Crowood 2014; US$ 18.94

    An examination of four hundred years of railways in Shropshire, from the primitive wagonways of the pre-railway age to the county's current rail network and services. Fully illustrated with almost two hundred monochrome and colour photos, Shropshire Railways is an ideal resource for anyone with an interest in this county with its rich railway history,... 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...

  • Advanced Train Control Systemsby B Ning

    WIT Press 2010; US$ 134.00

    Advanced Train Control Systems are playing an important role in improving the efficiency and safety of train operation, acting as their “brains and nerves.”  ATCS needs highly reliable and safe systems using complex computer tools. Normally, these systems consist of the four parts: the central control system; the station control systems... more...

  • The Flying Scotsmanby Bob Gwynne

    Osprey Publishing 2011; US$ 9.95

    Flying Scotsman is probably the most famous railway locomotive in the world. When it was new in 1923 it caused a sensation for its beauty and its speed, and the engine found itself at the center of media attention that continued throughout the decade and made it a household name - to see it was the ambition of every young trainspotter. But The Flying... more...

  • Derailedby Joseph Vranich

    St. Martin's Press 1997; US$ 6.99

    America needs train service. It suffers from crowded highways and airports, making travel nearly intolerable. Amtrak's future is bleak, and Congress is demanding that Amtrak be profitable by the turn of the century or shut down. Joseph Vranich, who worked to create Amtrak, now nearly three decades later declares it a "failed experiment." Free of... more...

  • Great Railroad Tunnels of North Americaby William Lowell Putnam

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2011; US$ 35.00

    Describing and detailing the boring of major railroad tunnels throughout Canada, the United States, and Mexico, this book covers the period from the creation of Virginia's Blue Ridge Tunnel in the 1850s to Copper Canyon's Continental and El Descanso tunnels in the early 1960s. Other notable tunnels featured here include Massachusetts' notoriously... more...

  • Amazing & Extraordinary Railway Factsby Julian Holland

    F+W Media 2010; US$ 11.99

    What is the story behind the Mallard's speed record? Why did Brunel's atmospheric South Devon Railway fail? Who were the most famous locomotive engineers and designers? How did a locomotive manage to reach the summit of Snowdon Mountain in the 19th century? Travel through the enthralling history of British railways from the glorious age of steam right... more...