At one point in time, no place in Iowa was more than a few miles from an active line of rail track. In this splendid companion volume to Steel Trails of Hawkeyeland (IUP, 2005), H. Roger Grant and Don L. Hofsommer explore the pivotal role that railroads played in the urban development of the state as well as the symbiotic relationship Iowa and its rails shared. With more than 400 black-and-white photographs, a solid inventory of depots and locations, and new information that is sure to impress even the most well-versed railfan, this detailed history of the state's railroads -- including the Chicago & North Western, Cedar Rapids & Iowa City, and the Iowa Northern -- will be an essential reference for railroad fans and historians, artists, and model railroad builders.
"When two masters of railroad history combine talents in one book, they provide readers an undeniable treat. Grant and Hofsommer's complementary combination of visual and verbal text results in a very evocative and highly appealing study." Carlos Schwantes, author of Going Places "Authors Grant and Hofsommer have teamed up to publish this excellent photographic account of Iowa's railroads ... a must for any enthusiast's shelves." Thomas G. Hoback, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Indiana Rail Road Company "Don L. Hofsommer and H. Roger Grant have assembled a remarkable photo album, one that illustrates and complements the Iowa railroad story with more than 400 photographs and drawings of extraordinary diversity. These splendidly chosen photographs should set a new high standard for similar railroad histories." William D. Middleton, co-author of Encyclopedia of North American Railroads