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The American Heritage history of railroads in America

Author: Oliver Jensen
Publisher: New York : American Heritage Pub. Co. : Bonanza Books : Distributed by Crown Publishers, [1981], ©1975.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1981 edView all editions and formats
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The American Heritage History of Railroads in America explores the heart of that exciting revolution by rolling down the entire main line of the USA's wonderful journey with trains -- from The Best Friend of Charleston in 1830 (which blew up) to Amtrak today. Railroads were arguably the most important phenomenon of the industrial revolution, and certainly its most ubiquitous. Yet their economic and social importance
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Oliver Jensen
ISBN: 0517362368 9780517362365
OCLC Number: 7924217
Description: 320 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 31 cm
Contents: Foreword --
A new breed of horse --
On to the western waters --
The first railroad war --
The race to promontory --
Building a new nation --
The age of bare knuckles --
The romantic image --
Down brakes! --
Boomers, hoggers, and brass-pounders --
Turrets, towers, and rain sheds --
Great days for the passenger element --
They went everywhere --
Days of the dinosaur --
The long haul --
Days of reckoning --
Epilogue : Two railroads.
Other Titles: Railroads in America
Responsibility: by Oliver Jensen.

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The American Heritage History of Railroads in America explores the heart of that exciting revolution by rolling down the entire main line of the USA's wonderful journey with trains -- from The Best Friend of Charleston in 1830 (which blew up) to Amtrak today. Railroads were arguably the most important phenomenon of the industrial revolution, and certainly its most ubiquitous. Yet their economic and social importance was only part of their profound impact on an age. They were also a form of art. - Jacket flap.

Recounts the history of railroads in the United States through their heyday and the deterioration that followed World War II.

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