The Iron Road: An Illustrated History of the Railroad

The Iron Road: An Illustrated History of the Railroad

by Christian Wolmar


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781465419538
Publisher: DK
Publication date: 04/21/2014
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 372,623
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Christian Wolmar is an author, journalist, historian, and politician based in London. The author of several books on the history of the railway, including The Subterranean Railway, Fire and Steam, The Great Railway Revolution, and The Iron Road, his writing has also appeared in The Observer, The Independent, and RAIL magazine. He is active in London politics and ran for London mayor in 2016.

Table of Contents

Introduction 8

The First Tracks 12

From Wagonways to Railroads 14

The Father of Railroads 22

Powering the Engine 30

The First American Railroads 32

The Early Years of American Steam 40

Europe Takes to the Rails 42

Map: Western European Railroads 50

Railroad Mania 52

Wheels and Tracks 58

The American Civil War 60

Signals in the Steam Age 66

Heroic Failures 68

India: Dalhousie's Colonial Imperative 76

Map: Early Indian Railroads 82

The Navvies: Digging, Drinking, and Fighting 84

The Track Structure 90

Cuban Sugar Railroads 92

The Spread of the Railroads 100

Crossing the Alps 102

Climbing Mountains 108

The Panama Railroad: A Deadly Rush for Cold 110

Crossing America 120

Map: North American Transcontinentals 128

Going Underground 130

Death on the Rails 138

Stopping the Train 144

The Railroad Experience 146

Turnouts and Sidings 152

Temples of Steam 154

Railroad Signal Telegraphy 160

Monopolies and Railroad Barons 162

Building Bridges 168

The Pullman Phenomenon 170

Railroads Come of Age 178

The Trans-Siberian Railway 180

Map: The Trans-Siberian Railway 188

The Orient Express 190

The Most Spectacular Railroads in the World 198

Going Uphill 204

Henry Flagler and the Overseas Railroad 206

Hauling Freight 212

Cape to Cairo: the Railroad that Never Was 214

Map: Cape to Cairo 222

Electricity Lightens the Load 224

Going Electric 230

The People Who Ran the Railroads 232

The Wrong Side of the Tracks 240

Indian Hill Railroads: Climbing Out of the Heat 248

War and Uncertainty 258

The Golden Age of the Railroads 260

The Field Railroads of World War I 270

American Luxury 276

Wartime Railroad Disasters 278

The Hejaz Railway 288

Streamliners 294

Australia's Gauge Bungle 296

High-Speed Steam Trains 304

Going Diesel: from the Fliegende Hamburger to the Future 312

Diesel Power Meets Electricity 318

World War II: Atrocities on the Line 320

The Iron Road Today 328

Brezhnev's Folly 330

Railroads Lost and Found 340

Vive le Channel Tunnel 348

Building Tunnels 354

Switzerland: the Best of the Best 356

Going Easter: Bullet Trains and High-speed Lines 364

China, the New Pioneer 372

The Railroad Renaissance 382

Maglev Trains 388

Glossary 390

Bibliography 392

Index 394

Acknowledgments 399

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Very good analysis of the history of Railroading around the world.