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  • 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...

  • Forget the Anorakby Michael G Harvey

    The History Press 2011; US$ 14.57

    Michael Harvey's new book brings to its reader the excitement of trainspotting in the 1950s and 60s, the hobby's heyday. It was the advent of the famous Ian Allan ABC Locospotters books that really gave the hobby the impetus, as they gave transpotters all the information they required. Forget the Anorak sets out to provide the reader with a personal... more...

  • On Railways Far Awayby William D. Middleton

    Indiana University Press 2012; US$ 54.99

    In this lavishly illustrated memoir, William D. Middleton invites readers to climb aboard and share with him 60 years of railroad tourism around the globe. Middleton?s award-winning photography has recorded events such as the final days of American Civil War locomotives in Morocco and the start up of the world?s first high-speed railway in Japan.... more...

  • More Amazing & Extraordinary Railway Factsby Julian Holland

    F+W Media 2012; US$ 12.99

    Another fascinating miscellany that will delight railway buffs everywhere. The branch lines of transport history are fully explored and all who love trains will delight in stories of the old railway companies, famous engines, discontinued lines, and all sorts of other railway trivia. more...

  • Railwayby George Revill

    Reaktion Books 2013; US$ 27.00

    In the nineteenth century, railways were viewed as a symbol of progress and confidence in technological modernity. In the twenty-first century, the frustrations of gridlocked traffic, record-high gas prices, and the looming fears of climate change have transformed the railway system once again into a symbol of hope that provides the possibility of... more...

  • Trackby Jim Pike

    The History Press 2013; US$ 18.94

    The permanent way is a principal feature of all railways, but is little explored. Jim Pike's illustrated history fills this gap in railway literature. He investigates the origins and evolution of track from the earliest wooden rails to the welded steel used today. He looks at engineering developments, at methods of manufacture, and at successful innovations... more...

  • System Dynamics and Long-Term Behaviour of Railway Vehicles, Track and Subgradeby Karl Popp; Werner Schiehlen

    Springer 2003; US$ 349.00

    During the last decades completely new technologies for high speed railway vehicles have been developed. The primary goals have been to increase traction, axle load, and travelling speed, and to guarantee the safety of the passengers. However, new developments have revealed new limitations: settlement and destruction of the ballast and the subgrade... more...

  • Classic American Locomotivesby Charles McShane

    Skyhorse Publishing 2012; US$ 16.95

    Anyone who has watched in anticipation as a powerful steam engine rolled into a station, belching iconic billows of black smoke, or heard the memorable blue note sound of a steam engine whistle will revel in Charles McShane?s amazingly detailed exploration of the inner workings of the classic steam engine. This historical record from 1909 will delight... more...