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Great Railroad Tunnels of North America
William Lowell Putnam
McFarland Publishing
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Great Railroad Tunnels of North America


By William Lowell Putnam.

Softcover, 7x10, 189 pages, 50 photos, glossary, appendix, notes, bibliography, index. 2011.

"Describing and detailing the boring of major railroad tunnels throughout Canada, the United States, and Mexico, this book covers the period from the creation of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Tunnel in the 1850s to Copper Canyon’s Continental and El Descanso tunnels in the early 1960s. Other notable tunnels featured here include Massachusetts’ notoriously expensive and slow-progressing Hoosac Tunnel; Colorado’s rail and water Moffat Tunnel; Montana’s Flathead Tunnel; and several major tunnels along the Canadian Pacific’s main line. In addition to providing details on the tunnels, the author considers the reasons they were created, their engineers, and their use. The book includes more than 50 period and contemporary photos. A glossary explains concepts related to railroad construction and maintenance.

"William Lowell Putnam served as vice chairman of the Association of Maximum Service Telecasters, among his multitude of other professional credits. He is the sole trustee of the Lowell Observatory and lives in Flagstaff, Arizona."

Table of Contents

Preface 1
Introduction 7

1. Canals versus Tunnels 13
2. South of the Border 25
3. Unto the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia 31
4. Politics Meets Geology Under Hoosac Mountain 47
5. Daylight at Long Last 69
6. The Thin Air of Colorado 87
7. See America First 104
8. Lesser Bores on the Way class= West 116
9. Canada’s Great Project—Kicking Horse to Connaught 129
10. Spiraling to the Top 152

Glossary 157
Appendix 159
Further Reading 169
The Longest Railroad Tunnels in North America 170
Chapter Notes 171
Bibliography 177
Index 179