The Railroad That Built An Empire
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Excellent railroad material which has glamor, color and breathless pace. Tales of the longest railroad system in the West, of the imagination that brought it into being, the planning, fighting, building and running of it and how it opened up the great Southwest. From foot, to wheels, to trails, to steel track; from Holliday, man with the vision, to present-day wartime problems and their solution; from the wild country of cattle and stock to cities; from steam engines to diesels-this covers the great span from the prairies to the Rockies, from California to Chicago, from the Gulf to Oklahoma, the Mexican border to the Arkansas River, Missouri to Mississippi and the Southern Pacific coastline. There is the tale of Fred Harvey and the Harvey Girls, fine restaurants and fine railroad manners; human interest bits; development during peace and war; tales of railroad strategy...A large appendix includes glossary of railroad slang, Santa Fe town names, trains, departments of the Santa Fe, finance, a chronology of the road, etc....Assuredly one of the better individual railroad books.
Pub Date: Dec. 17th, 1945
ISBN: 1258145065
Publisher: Random House
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1st, 1945