A Field Guide To Trains Of North America

Overview

This book describes and illustrates all the rolling stock commonly used by any American railroad, including the 150 different types of locomotive. The renowned Peterson Identification System pinpoints the key field marks that distinguish one railroad car from another. The guide also lists the 840 different American railroads.

The magic of trains has grown only as their share of the transportation market has shrunk. More than 200 excursion railways carry millions of ...

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Overview

This book describes and illustrates all the rolling stock commonly used by any American railroad, including the 150 different types of locomotive. The renowned Peterson Identification System pinpoints the key field marks that distinguish one railroad car from another. The guide also lists the 840 different American railroads.

The magic of trains has grown only as their share of the transportation market has shrunk. More than 200 excursion railways carry millions of passengers every year. This first true field guide to trains describes and illustrates all the rolling stock commonly used by any American railroad, including the 150 different types of locomotives. 150 halftone illustrations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395701126
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/1/1996
  • Series: Peterson Field Guides Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 691,754
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Formerly vice president and partner of the Architects Collaborative, the famous firm founded by Walter Gropius, Gerald Foster has taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Boston Architectural Center as well as the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. His paintings and drawings have been exhibited at the DeCordova Museum and at various galleries. His books include A Field Guide to Airplanes, A Field Guide to Trains, and American Houses: A Field Guide.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Identifying Diesel and Electric Locomotives 1
End-Cab Switchers 6
Road Switchers/Low Hood 20
Road Switchers/High Hood/B-B (four-axle) 26
Road Switchers/High Hood/C-C (six-axle) 50
Road Switcher/Wide Nose/B-B (four-axle) 74
Road Switcher/Wide Nose/C-C (six-axle) 78
Full-Width Hood 88
Full-Width Hood/"Draper Taper" 106
Electrics 110
Trainsets 116
Passenger Cars 118
Freight Cars 122
Glossary 131
Life List 133
Acknowledgments and Further Reading 135
Index 137
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