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Railroad Atlas of the United States in 1946 Vol 3: Indiana, Lower Michigan, Ohio
Richard C Carpenter
Johns Hopkins U Press
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2008-11-04 19:13:07
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Railroad Atlas of the United States in 1946

Volume 3: Indiana, Lower Michigan, and Ohio

by Richard C. Carpenter.

Clothbound, 360 pages, 276 line drawings, 8.5x11.

Also in the series:

A Railroad Atlas of the United States in 1946: Volume 1: The Mid-Atlantic States

A Railroad Atlas of the United States in 1946: Volume 2: New York & New England

A Railroad Atlas of the United States in 1946: Volume 4: Illinois, Wisconsin, and Upper Michigan

A Railroad Atlas of the United States in 1946: Volume 5: Iowa and Minnesota

"A Railroad Atlas of the United States in 1946 recalls an era when steam locomotives were still king and passenger trains stopped at nearly every town in America. Railroad companies employed over a million workers, on the trains and along the tracks. Everything moved by rail: travelers, mail, and freight—whether a massive electric generator or a child's bicycle.

Richard C. Carpenter's hand-drawn color maps recapture the precise details: the various trunk and ancillary railroad passenger lines that served thousands of towns; long-since demolished steam locomotive and manual signal tower installations; towns that functioned solely as places where crews changed over; track pans; coaling stations; tunnels; bridges and viaducts; and other rail-specific sites. The third and largest volume in this acclaimed series includes 276 maps and drawings and focuses on Indiana, Lower Michigan, and Ohio. These states could be called the crossroads of the national railroad network, where east-west transcontinental lines crossed north-south inter-regional lines. Carpenter depicts the major rail centers of Indianapolis, Gary, Detroit, Toledo, Cleveland, and Chicago, as well as every town and rail junction from Mackinaw City, Michigan, to Tell City, Indiana.

"Belongs in the library of every serious rail historian."—Railfan and Railroad, reviewing previous volumes.

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

"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, reviewing previous volumes.

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

"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, reviewing previous volumes.

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

"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.