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The Spirit of Steam based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
If you enjoyed O. Winston Link's books 'Steam, Steel and Stars' and 'The Last Steam Railroad in America,' you'll also enjoy this book. Author William L. Withuhn is curator of transportation history at the Smithsonian. From his foreword: 'Fine photo books exist for railroad fans; what is rare are such books having general appeal, books which are specifically designed for readers with perhaps a casual interest but who are put off by the arcane vocabulary, the images without context, and the fixation on mechanical details that railfans so love... In this book, the pictures were chosen in a very conscious way to illustrate selected aspects of the railroad story in North America from the 1920s to the 1950s.' Each chapter has a brief introduction, followed by excellent, sharp black-and-white images with good captions. If O. Winston Link's books were more artistry than history, this reverses the emphasis. The book production quality is excellent, and the price puts it within easy reach of all fans of steam railroading.