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North American Railroad Family Trees


The history of railroading in America is as much a tale of boardroom intrigue as one of conquering a rugged continent by brute force. Today’s nine U. S. and Canadian Class 1 railroads are the result of more than 150 years of convoluted bankruptcies, mergers, and acquisitions. Now, for the first time, this aspect of North American railroading is presented in a concise visual manner that makes sense of how the industry got where it is today. In North American Railroad Family Trees, author Brian Solomon presents 40 charts and a half-dozen maps that help trace the evolution and, in many cases, devolution of railroads, beginning with the industry’s infancy and continuing through its pre-Depression golden age, the consolidations of the inter-war period, postwar merger mania, mega-mergers of the last three decades, and the creation of new passenger networks. Solomon even offers diagrams that ponder what-if scenarios for the industry’s future. Each chapter is accompanied by a narrative overview of the era along with rare photography and period advertising. The result is a unique historical perspective that deserves a spot on the shelf of any rail enthusiast! By Brian Solomon. Over 100 photographs, reproductions, charts and maps are included. 156 pages. Hardcover.
$40.00 (#7750)


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