Twilight of the Great Trains / Edition 2

Twilight of the Great Trains / Edition 2

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by Fred W. Frailey
     
 

ISBN-10: 0253354773

ISBN-13: 9780253354778

Pub. Date: 08/06/2010

Publisher: Indiana University Press

In the years following World War II, a potent combination of new prosperity, a renewed love affair with the automobile, improved highways, and the availability of commercial air travel contributed to the dwindling number of rail travelers. By the 1960s, rail passenger service had become an endangered species in an unfriendly environment. Fred W. Frailey recounts

Overview

In the years following World War II, a potent combination of new prosperity, a renewed love affair with the automobile, improved highways, and the availability of commercial air travel contributed to the dwindling number of rail travelers. By the 1960s, rail passenger service had become an endangered species in an unfriendly environment. Fred W. Frailey recounts the demise of the pre-Amtrak passenger train in Twilight of the Great Trains. Drawing upon a lifetime of experience as a reporter and editor, Frailey uncovers the reasons behind the disappearance of these great trains and explains how 11 railroad systems withstood or welcomed, fought or embraced the inevitable decline of their passenger services. Stimulating and informative, this book offers a behind-the-scenes look at one of the most challenging eras in American railroad history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253354778
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
08/06/2010
Series:
Railroads Past and Present Series
Edition description:
Expanded Edition
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
11.30(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The View from 1960
What Passenger Problem? Kanas City Southern
All Hail The "City of Everywhere": Union Pacific
Spoiler: Southern Pacific
The True Believers: Santa Fe
Katy Did: Missouri-Kansas-Texas
Missouri Pacific's Mr. Clean: Missouri Pacific
Zephyrs agaist a Head Wind: Burlington / Northern Pacific / Great Northern
Southern's Hospitality: Southern Railway
Most Likely to Succeed: Atlantic Coast Line / Seaboard Air Line
Chessie's Last Stand: Baltimore & Ohio / Chesapeake & Ohio
Twilight Limiteds: New York Central / Pennsylvania / New Haven
America's Main Street: Illinois Central
The End (And the New Beginning): Amtrak

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Twilight of the Great Trains 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
CSENYC More than 1 year ago
Although the photo of my favorite train ever, the Southern Crescent, on the cover got my attention, it's what's inside this book that is absolutely fascinating- an "insider"'s analysis of how different railroads responded to the decline of passenger train travel. Full of facts, stories, charts (showing train consists, schedules, etc.) and more. I've read a ton of railroad-related books and this one is the best.