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Train Stops Here New Mexico
Marci L Riskin
New Mexico Univ Press
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2006-03-29 17:22:06
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The Train Stops Here : New Mexico's Railway Legacy

by Marci L. Riskin.

Softcover 8x10, 164 pages, 90 halftones, 16 maps.

"In the vast expanse of territorial New Mexico, railroads had a striking impact. Many cities, among them Carlsbad, Raton, Clovis, and Gallup, were founded as railroad stops. Architect Marci Riskin explores the history of railroad depots and other structures-- everything but the trains themselves--that make up New Mexico's railway legacy.

"To begin the examination, Riskin includes a brief history of railroad development in New Mexico, a description of the architectural features of the state's railroad buildings, and an overview of how railroads work. This background will help answer questions that may arise on a visit to a rail-yard: What is that strangely shaped train car carrying? How is that twisted piece of metal used? Why are the bricks on the platform stamped with the single word Coffeyville?

"The bulk of the book is an account of what is left of the state's railroad heritage, organized geographically within each rail system: the Santa Fe system from Raton to Silver City, the Denver & Rio Grande, the Colorado & Southern, the Southern Pacific, and the El Paso and Northeastern, among others."

"A nice addition to anybody's library."--Spencer Wilson, Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad

"If you are a railroad or preservation buff, take this book with you on your next trip to New Mexico."--Journal of the West

"Riskin's is a fascinating coverage not just because of its train history, but because of its unique approach to examining the architectural heritage fostered by the train in New Mexico."--Library Bookwatch

"The compact history will give the visitor a better understanding of the impact of the lines in the state. Having this book along will enhance one's train watching experience in New Mexico--National Railroad Station Historical Society

"This new book offers a straightforward overview of Mexico's railroad legacy."--New Mexico Magazine

"[The Train Stops Here] provides a level of detail and insight that railfans and general history buffs alike will appreciate."--Trains Magazine


Marci L. Riskin, of Riskin Associates Architecture, Inc., is a licensed architect with a specialty in the adaptive reuse of historic structures. She is also the author of a 1996 study of railroad depots in New Mexico, commissioned by the New Mexico Department of Highway and Transportation. She resides in Santa Fe.