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Encyclopedia of North American Railroads
Middleton, Smerk & Diehl, editors
Indiana U Press
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2007-03-16 15:26:06
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Encyclopedia of North American Railroads

Edited by William D. Middleton, George M. Smerk, & Roberta L. Diehl.

Cloth with dust jacket, 1296 glossy pages, 543 b&w photos, 59 maps, 8 1/2 x 11".

"A magnificent reference with the latest information on railroads past and present for anyone who was ever enthralled by the romance of the rails."

"This landmark book will immediately become essential reading for anyone with an interest in railroading. Whether you're a professional railroader or a dyed-in-the-wool enthusiast, you're sure to find the answer in this encyclopedia." —Kevin P. Keefe, publisher, Trains magazine

"Lavishly illustrated and a joy to read, this authoritative reference work on the North American continent's railroads covers the U.S., Canadian, Mexican, Central American, and Cuban systems. The encyclopedia's over-arching theme is the evolution of the railroad industry and the historical impact of its progress on the North American continent. This thoroughly researched work examines the various aspects of the industry's development: technology, operations, cultural impact, the evolution of public policy regarding the industry, and the structural functioning of modern railroads. More than 500 alphabetical entries cover a myriad of subjects, including numerous entries profiling the principal companies, suppliers, manufacturers, and individuals influencing the history of the rails. Extensive appendices provide data regarding weight, fuel, statistical trends, and more, as well as a list of 130 vital railroad books. Railfans will treasure this indispensable work.

"William D. Middleton is the author of more than 20 books and many hundreds of articles on rail transportation, engineering, and travel topics. He lives in Charlottsville, Virginia.

"George M. Smerk taught transportation at Indiana University for more than 40 years. He has written extensively on urban transportation. The most recent of his five books is The Federal Role in Urban Mass Transportation. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana.

"Roberta L. Diehl was a sponsoring editor at Indiana University Press until her retirement. She lives in Bloomington, Indiana."