Great American Train Stations: Classic Terminals and Depotsby Hans Halberstadt, April Halberstadt
By the Civil War, the single-story building we know as the railroad depot had developed most of its unique characteristics. It's unique characteristics define it as a rectangular building with the longer side parallel to the railroad tracks. It is usually a single story building without stairs or raised entryways, so baggage and freight can be easily wheeled through the terminal to the trackside platform.
Time has run out for many railroad terminals and depots, but their history--and photos of dozens of these buildings--is presented here. Their story is one of buildings, whether grand or simple, which helped facilitate a nation's mobility. From point-to-point, depot-to-depot, America spread and developed via the rails.
Great American Train Stations: Classic Terminals and Depots cover the evolution of depots, examines their architectural style and how they were used, and suggest how they can be preserved and restored today.
Wood and stone, grand or humble, railroad depots have served travelers well over the years. Their story is presented here along with 200 colorful illustrations that bring the past to life again.
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