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The Great Railway Revolution

Author : Christian Wolmar
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In the 1830s, The United States underwent a second revolution. The opening of the Baltimore & Ohio line, the first American railroad, set in motion a process which, by the end of the century, would enmesh the vast country in a latticework of railroad lines, small-town stations and magisterial termini, built and controlled the biggest corporations in America. By the middle of the twentieth century, however, as the automobile and the aeroplane came to dominate American journey-making, the historic importance of the railroads began to be erased from America's hearts and minds. In The Great Railway Revolution, Christian Wolmar tells us the extraordinary one-hundred-and-eighty-year story of the rise, fall and ultimate shattering of the greatest of all American endeavours, of technological triumph and human tragedy, of visionary pioneers and venal and rapacious railway barons. He also argues that while America has largely disowned this heritage, now is the time to celebrate, reclaim and reinstate it. The growth of the US railroads was much more than just a revolution in mode, speed and convenience. They united the far-flung components of a vast and disparate country and supercharged the economic development that fuelled its rise to world-power status. America was created by its railroads and the massive expansion of trade, industry and freedom of communication that they engendered came to be an integral part of the American dream itself.

The Great Railroad Revolution

Author : Christian Wolmar
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America was made by the railroads. The opening of the Baltimore & Ohio line––the first American railroad––in the 1830s sparked a national revolution in the way that people lived thanks to the speed and convenience of train travel. Promoted by visionaries and built through heroic effort, the American railroad network was bigger in every sense than Europe’s, and facilitated everything from long-distance travel to commuting and transporting goods to waging war. It united far-flung parts of the country, boosted economic development, and was the catalyst for America’s rise to world-power status. Every American town, great or small, aspired to be connected to a railroad and by the turn of the century, almost every American lived within easy access of a station. By the early 1900s, the United States was covered in a latticework of more than 200,000 miles of railroad track and a series of magisterial termini, all built and controlled by the biggest corporations in the land. The railroads dominated the American landscape for more than a hundred years but by the middle of the twentieth century, the automobile, the truck, and the airplane had eclipsed the railroads and the nation started to forget them. In The Great Railroad Revolution, renowned railroad expert Christian Wolmar tells the extraordinary story of the rise and the fall of the greatest of all American endeavors, and argues that the time has come for America to reclaim and celebrate its often-overlooked rail heritage.

The Book of the Great Railway Celebrations of 1857

Author : William Prescott Smith
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Locomotive Engineers Journal

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Frank Leslie s Popular Monthly

Author : Frank Leslie
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The Panama Railroad

Author : Peter Pyne
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-The first comprehensive account of the construction of the Panama Railroad, the forerunner to the Panama Canal. - The narrative focuses on the ordinary Irish workers that built the railroad. -The only other monograph on the Panama Railroad was published in the 1960s and has numerous factual errors.

Locomotive Engineers Journal

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Scientific American

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Monthly magazine devoted to topics of general scientific interest.

History of the Wheel and Alliance and the Impending Revolution

Author : W. Scott Morgan
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Official history of the Farmers' Alliance, an organized agrarian economic movement among American farmers.

The Great Union Pacific Railroad Excursion to the Hundredth Meridian from New York to Platte City

Author : Union Pacific Railroad Company (1862-1880)
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The Legal Revolution of 1902

Author : Bert J. Wellman
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Blood Iron and Gold

Author : Christian Wolmar
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The opening of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway in 1830 marked the beginning of a transport revolution that would forever transform the way we live. Blood, Iron, and Gold takes us on a journey encompassing jungle, mountain, and desert, revealing the huge impact of the railroads as they spread rapidly across entire countries, and linked cities that hitherto had little reach beyond their immediate environs. The rise of the train triggered daring engineering feats, great architectural innovation, and the rapid movement of people and goods across the globe. Cultures were both enriched and destroyed by the unrelenting construction of the railroads, and the new technology quickly took on a vital role in civil conflicts and two world wars. In this beautifully illustrated book, renowned transportation journalist Christian Wolmar celebrates the vision and determination of the ambitious pioneers who developed the railways that would dominate the globe.

The Great Industries of the United States

Author : Horace Greeley
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King Mammon and the Heir Apparent

Author : George A. Richardson
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Stories of the Great Railroads

Author : Charles Edward Russell
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Great Railroad Photographs from the Collection of the Smithsonian Institution

Author : Smithsonian Institution
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Features builders' pictures of the construction of great steam locomotives, views of trains at work, and shots of the magnificent luxury passenger trains of the 1920s and 1930s.

American revolution to the present

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American revolution to the present

Author : Moses Coit Tyler
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Famous Men and Great Events of the Nineteenth Century

Author : Charles Morris
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Business 2 0

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