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Whistle-stop posts along a picturesque cycling trail. An abandoned roundhouse in a new industrial park. A piece of "Black Diamond" anthracite coal lying in the grass. These are silent witnesses to the golden age of American railroading, 1946, when the steam locomotive's sonorous whistle could be heard from Pennsylvania to Vermont, from New York to Chicago.
The second installation of Richard C. Carpenter's highly acclaimed series covers an area criss-crossed by some of the oldest railroad lines in America. This volume includes over 191 beautiful, hand-drawn maps of rail systems in New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. These masterpieces, accompanied by detailed sections on stations, track pans, tunnels, and viaducts, capture a time when rail was king in New England, before cars, trucks, and planes became dominant.
This book, along with Volume 1..., belongs in the library of every serious rail historian. Railfan and Railroad 2005 No detail that is too insignificant to be omitted... as long as it had something to do with railroading. -- John P. Reilly, Editor Emeritus Sunday Hour 2005 Each map is carefully produced in exquisite detail... I give it the highest possible recommendation. -- Peter E. Lynch NHRHTA Bulletin 2005 Carpenter has done an outstanding job showing the railroad world of 1946. National Railway Bulletin 2004 An incredible wealth of information. -- Gregory Curtis American Reference Books Annual 2006 A fine addition to any rail fan's library, perfect for a long winter evening. -- Albert Churella Journal of Transport History 2006 An impressive accomplishment and will likely be well loved and well used by rail buffs and historians. -- Gordon Kennedy Cartographic Perspectives 2006
Series: Creating the North American Landscape
For Ages: 18+ years old
Published: 3rd May 2005
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Dimensions (cm): 28.0 x 21.6 x 2.0
Weight (kg): 1.339