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The Hiawatha story

First there was a single experimental coach, then an entire fleet. Soon Hiawatha was a railway legend. Loved for their radically new, streamlined look, the Hiawatha's Art Deco engines were a hallmark of American industrial design--a genre of passenger cars from Tip Top Tap to Touralux to the glass-encased Skytop. For Midwestern passengers from Chicago to Aberdeen, the Hiawatha represented speed, comfort, and luxury, offering spectacular views of the rolling landscape. From 1935 to 1970 it carried countless passengers and even more memories. Richly illustrated with more than 350 photographs, The Hiawatha Story brings the design and history of this beloved rail fleet to life
Print Book, English, 2007
1st University of Minnesota Press ed View all formats and editions
University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, 2007
267 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 x 28 cm
9780816650033, 0816650039
Enter the Hi : "speedlined" became adjective
From tip top tap to beaver tail : the train that netted $700,000 in a year
Ribbed cars and 4-6-4's : what was unprecedented became astounding
100 hits 100 : a few figures for skeptics to mull over
Diesels, war, and S.R.O. : an all-out war, all-out Hi's
Famous 15 : the locomotive that sold the steam-powered Milwaukee Road on diesels
Skytops and super domes : more diesels and enough new cars to make a 2 1/2-mile Hi
Yellow paint and red ink : for President Crippen, "an unhappy task"
North woods Hiawatha : the Hi that was the fisherman's friend
Olympian Hiawatha : to fill a void, " a perfect train"
Chippewa-Hiawatha : where aging Pacifics dimmed their headlights for deer
Originally published: Milwaukee : Kalmbach, 1970
Includes index