"It's been said that no industry did more to open the North American frontier than the railroad industry. Indeed, the railroads' infrastructures allowed the crossing and settlement of regions once thought inhospitable, or even unreachable. Nowhere is this central role in taming the North American wilderness more evident than in this collection of 111 system maps published by the railroads themselves from 1838 to today. More than 75 U.S. and Canadian railroads, past and present, are featured-quaint regional branchlines, long-gone granger roads, golden-age classics, current merger behemoths, and more. No corner of the continent goes uncovered as author Bill Yenne complements the maps with a capsule history of each railroad, in the process unraveling the myriad mergers and takeovers that have been the industry's hallmark. Yenne also includes archival photographs of many of the railroads featured, making for a classic reference volume that no serious railfan's library can be without. Book jacket."--BOOK JACKET.
Akron, Canton & Youngstown
Alabama, Tennessee & Northern
Ann Arbor Railroad
Atlanta & West Point/Western of Alabama/Georgia Railroad
Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe
Atlantic Coast Line
Baltimore & Ohio
Bangor & Aroostook
Boston & Maine
Burlington Northern Santa Fe
Central of Georgia
Central of New Jersey
Charleston & Western Carolina
Chicago & Eastern Illinois
Chesapeake & Ohio
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy
Chicago Great Western
Chicago, Indianapolis & Louisville
Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific (The Milwaukee Road)
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