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Train Wrecks: A Pictorial History of Accidents on the Main Line
     

Train Wrecks: A Pictorial History of Accidents on the Main Line

by Robert C. Reed
 
American railroad history is filled with accounts of misadventure. Steam boilers blew up. Bridges collapsed under the weight of heavy engines. Locomotives crashed head-on because of signal failures. Passenger cars derailed, often with dire results. Lightly built wooden coaches splintered on impact, and the debris often ignited from the coals in the iron stoves used

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American railroad history is filled with accounts of misadventure. Steam boilers blew up. Bridges collapsed under the weight of heavy engines. Locomotives crashed head-on because of signal failures. Passenger cars derailed, often with dire results. Lightly built wooden coaches splintered on impact, and the debris often ignited from the coals in the iron stoves used for heating. In the mid-nineteenth century American railroading was burgeoning—a growth too fast for safe operations. Despite the grim statistics of 19th and early 20th century train wrecks that resulted, one cannot help but find the photographs and public prints of the day interesting. When you pick up this wonderous book, you will have a hard time putting it down

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764301360
Publisher:
Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.
Publication date:
01/28/1997
Pages:
184
Sales rank:
1,363,264
Product dimensions:
8.63(w) x 11.04(h) x 0.63(d)
Age Range:
15 Years

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