North American Railroad Family Trees: An Infographic History of the Industry's Mergers and Evolution (PagePerfect NOOK Book)

North American Railroad Family Trees: An Infographic History of the Industry's Mergers and Evolution (PagePerfect NOOK Book)

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by Brian Solomon
     
 

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The history of railroading in North America is as much a story of boardroom intrigue as it is a story of the brute force that stamped thousands of miles of train track across a rugged continent. Today’s nine U.S. and Canadian Class I railroads are the result of well over a century of convoluted bankruptcies, mergers, acquisitions, and expansions. North…  See more details below

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The history of railroading in North America is as much a story of boardroom intrigue as it is a story of the brute force that stamped thousands of miles of train track across a rugged continent. Today’s nine U.S. and Canadian Class I railroads are the result of well over a century of convoluted bankruptcies, mergers, acquisitions, and expansions. North American Railroad Family Trees marks the first time in book form that this major aspect of railroad history has been presented in a clear, graphic format, helping the railfan make sense of the many smaller train lines that shaped North American rail as it is today. In these pages, renowned rail author Brian Solomon takes a visual and chronological approach, presenting 50 “family trees” in the style of human lineages. The story begins with the railroads of the “Golden Age” (1890–1930), continuing through the second wave of consolidations between the World Wars, the merger mania of the 1950s through the 1970s, the creation of major passenger networks, and the megamergers of the last three decades that have left railroading close to its current incarnation. Solomon even offers a selection of maps tracing the evolution of the North American rail system and diagrams proposing what-if scenarios for the industry’s future. Including chapter-by-chapter narrative overviews of key eras, along with a selection of rare photography and period advertising to lend historical context, North American Railroad Family Trees provides an unprecedented retrospective of the continent’s iconic rail network.

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ISBN-13:
9781610589109
Publisher:
Voyageur Press
Publication date:
10/20/2013
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NOOK Book
File size:
22 MB
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Meet the Author

Brian Solomon is the author of more than 40 books about locomotives and railroading. He splits his time between Monson, Massachusetts, and Dublin, Ireland.

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North American Railroad Family Trees: An Infographic History of the Industry's Mergers and Evolution 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While it is an overview summary of the major mergers, it does indeed cover both US and Canadian lines. If you're looking for details and/or small local lines, they aren't here. I found it a very useful reference to summarize my research and to identify another direction in which to look further. Graphics and color clarify what is often presented in convoluted charts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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