Fifty Railroads That Changed the Course of History

Fifty Railroads That Changed the Course of History

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"Filled with unusual and unexpected stories and facts, this illustrated survey of the most important historical and contemporary railway lines around the world will captivate a wide audience, from the curious browser to researching students. The book organizes the railroads chronologically, considering each according to its greatest impact on social, commercial, political, engineering, and military history. Maps plus more than 200 elegant drawings, photographs and paintings as well as dozens of sidebars highlight the concise, engaging text. The fifty railroads span history, from the first in public passenger travel (Wales, 1807) to Japan's speed-record breaking "Bullet."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Richmond Hill, Ont. : Firefly Books, 2013
ISBN: 9781770851696
1770851690
Branch Call Number: ANF 385.09 LAW
Characteristics: 223 p. : ill. (some col.), maps ; 24 cm

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Feb 06, 2018

This book is rather uneven: numerous digressions (and not the fun sort) in to other areas, and there was an extreme focus on Britain and to a lesser extent the USA. Many of the entries diverged significantly from the entry title. Some entries were long-ish (6 pages) while others were quite short (2 pages, with pictures) Too little attention paid to those areas of the world where the trains had a national mystique. On the other hand, the short entries make a decent book for merely dipping into.

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