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Railroad Atlas of the United States in 1946 Vol 2: New York, New England
Richard C Carpenter
Johns Hopkins U Press
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2008-11-04 21:01:05
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Railroad Atlas of the United States in 1946

Volume 2: New York & New England

by Richard C. Carpenter.

Clothbound, 288 pages, 191 four-color maps, 8.5x11.

Also available in this series:

Volume 1: The Mid-Atlantic States

Volume 3: Indiana, Lower Michigan, and Ohio

Volume 4: Illinois, Wisconsin, and Upper Michigan

Volume 5: Iowa and Minnesota

"Whistle-stop posts along a picturesque cycling trail. An abandoned roundhouse in a new industrial park. A piece of Black Diamond anthracite coal lying in the grass. These are silent witnesses to the golden age of American railroading, 1946, when the steam locomotive's sonorous whistle could be heard from Pennsylvania to Vermont, from New York to Chicago.

"The second installation of Richard C. Carpenter's highly acclaimed series covers an area criss-crossed by some of the oldest railroad lines in America. This volume includes over 191 beautiful, hand-drawn maps of rail systems in New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. These masterpieces, accompanied by detailed sections on stations, track pans, tunnels, and viaducts, capture a time when rail was king in New England, before cars, trucks, and planes became dominant."

"Belongs in the library of every serious rail historian."—Railfan and Railroad

"Surely one of the most appealingly eccentric publishing ventures of the year."—The New Yorker

"A labor of love . . . nothing short of a miracle. I looked at it again last night, and it took my breath away. It's the kind of work that only a gang of monks would consider undertaking. It really is fabulous."—Baltimore Sun

"Proof that inspiration can result in something astounding . . . a treasure that any rail enthusiast or casual historian will enjoy."—Rail Magazine

"This is a fascinating volume for the railroad buff, those interested in the interrelationship of railroads and American history, or those merely investigating the bridge or tunnel in their town from what is now a ghost railroad."—American Reference Books Annual

"A piece of craftsmanship at once so distinctive, and also so useful, it instantly reveals the sterility of computer-generated maps."—Fast Company

"Without exception, I have found these maps to be completely accurate. They have been drawn in a very clear and appealing manner, so that any reader will understand exactly what the railroad plant looked like in 1946—immediately following the peak of World War II operations."—Richard B. Hasselman, Senior Vice President of Operations, CONRAIL (retired)

Richard C. Carpenter is the retired executive director of the South Western Regional Planning Agency in Connecticut.