Mount Tamalpais Scenic Railway, California (Images of Rail Series)

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A hundred years ago, high on the summit of Mount Tamalpais, stood a grand lodge with a breathtaking view. For 33 years, elegantly dressed men and women came to visit on the gritty steam trains of a famous twisting railroad known affectionately as the Crookedest Railroad in the World. They could dine, dance, and spend the night, and in the morning coast down the mountain in a gravity car. The Mount Tamalpais Scenic Railway had 281 curves in 8 1/5 miles. It had a branch into Muir Woods. It was built by ...
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Overview


A hundred years ago, high on the summit of Mount Tamalpais, stood a grand lodge with a breathtaking view. For 33 years, elegantly dressed men and women came to visit on the gritty steam trains of a famous twisting railroad known affectionately as the Crookedest Railroad in the World. They could dine, dance, and spend the night, and in the morning coast down the mountain in a gravity car. The Mount Tamalpais Scenic Railway had 281 curves in 8 1/5 miles. It had a branch into Muir Woods. It was built by business-minded conservationists in seven months in 1896 and climbed from a depot on the dirt streets of Mill Valley through a redwood forest and on to the rocky summit one-half mile above San Francisco Bay.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738559421
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 1/19/2009
  • Series: Images of Rail Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,393,775
  • Product dimensions: 6.56 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.39 (d)

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Employees of the railroad called it "the best job we ever had," and these vintage photographs show why. Railroad historian Fred Runner shows the hardworking men of the railroad, which carried everyone from John Muir to Susan B. Anthony up the mountain. Runner's 20 years of research and passion for the railroad bring the era of steam on the mountain back to life. All aboard!
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 When Steam Climbed the Mountain 9

2 People Make a Railroad 25

3 Marsh, Lee Street, and the Local 37

4 Bridge 7 and Beyond 43

5 The Double Bow Knot 51

6 On to West Point 59

7 The Summit 73

8 Rails to Muir Woods 107

9 Burned and Scrapped 119

10 Epilogue 125

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  • Posted April 26, 2009

    Where is the Railroad Now?

    Terrific book showing what railroading was all about and could be all about.

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