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Yet There Isnt a Train I Would
William D Middleton
Indiana U Press
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2004-09-18 15:52:59
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"Yet there isn't a train I wouldn't take" Railway Journeys by William D. Middleton Cloth with dust jacket, 256 pages, index, 130 b&w photos, 81/2 x 11. Yet there isn't a train goes by all day But I hear its whistle shrieking. . . . Yet there isn't a train I wouldn't take, No matter where it's going. —Edna St. Vincent Millay, "Travel" "Yet there isn't a train I wouldn't take" is a collection of stories about favorite train journeys by an inveterate railway enthusiast and train traveler. A half-century career as an engineer, Naval officer, and university administrator took William Middleton to almost every part of the globe. Guided by his passion for railroads, he traveled with notebook and camera to record his adventures on the world's most fabulous trains—not only the glamorous and luxurious passenger lines but also hard-working freighters. Middleton's North American treks included a long journey north through Manitoba to polar bear country on Hudson Bay, a trip to Minnesota's Mesabi Range to haul a boatload of iron ore to Lake Superior behind a giant Yellowstone articulated steam locomotive, and a ride across Costa Rica from the Atlantic to the Pacific by narrow-gauge railway. His European travels have afforded him a Pullman seat on the crack London—Paris Golden Arrow and the chance to take the slow trip across Thrace on one of the last runs of the celebrated Simplon Orient Express. In Asia he traveled through the Toros Mountains of Turkey on the famous Istanbul—Baghdad Toros Express, experienced modern high-speed railroading in the cab of Japan's Bullet Train, and rode to Asia's highest mountain east of the Himalayas on the little trains of Taiwan's Ali Shan Forestry Railway. Train aficionados and armchair travelers alike will find this an enchanting and nostalgic insider's view of railway travel.