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    The City Beneath Us: Building the New York Subway

    The City Beneath Us: Building the New York Subway Lowest new price: $28.99
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    Author: New York Transit Museum
    Brand: New York Transit Museum/ Heller, Vivian (EDT)

    A newly discovered cache of magnificent historical photographs.

    There have been, and will be, other books on the New York City subway system, but none have had access to the wonderful photographic prints from the collections of the New York Transit Museum that are presented in this volume. Made from 8 x 10-inch glass negatives after the turn of the last century, and reproduced here in glorious duotone, over 175 images show the incredible construction techniques and details involved in creating the underground marvel we enjoy today. From "cut and cover" and deep tunneling to sinking under-river tubes and disastrous cave-ins, these photographs are nothing short of awe-inspiring. The book is accompanied by an engaging, illustrated history of the subway system. Published in honor of the New York City subway's centennial, The City Beneath Us will fascinate anyone who's ever been amazed by the gigantic undertaking that is New York City transportation. 175 duotone and 40 black-and-white photographs.

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    TO END ALL WARS

    TO END ALL WARS Lowest new price: $2.98
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    Author: Ernest Gordon
    Brand: Zondervan

    Now A Major Motion Picture Starring Robert Carlyle and Kiefer Sutherland‘Waking from a dream, I suddenly realized where I was: in the Death House–in a prison camp by the River Kwai. I was a prisoner of war, lying among the dead, waiting for the bodies to be carried away so that I might have more room.’When Ernest Gordon was twenty-four he was captured by the Japanese and forced, with other British prisoners, to build the notorious ‘Railroad of Death’, where nearly 16,000 Prisoners of War gave their life. Faced with the appalling conditions of the prisoners’ camp and the brutality of the captors, he survived to become an inspiring example of the triumph of the human spirit against all odds.To End All Wars is Ernest Gordon’s gripping true story behind both the Academy Award-winning film The Bridge on the River Kwai starring Alec Guinness and the new film To End All Wars directed by David Cunningham.

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    New York City Subway Trains: 12 Classic Punch and Build Trains

    New York City Subway Trains: 12 Classic Punch and Build Trains Lowest new price: $7.62
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    Author: New York Transit Museum
    Brand: Gibbs Smith

    The New York City Subway system celebrates its 100th anniversary on October 27, 2004, but you can bring the romance of the old subway alive today with the Subway Punch-out Book. The book includes 15 easy-to-assemble punch-out train cars that are modeled after the historic old trains from the New York Transit Museum archives. The cars are printed on full-color laminated paper, with identifying historical information printed on the bottom of each. It's a fun book that sneaks in some fascinating history of America's first subway system, and it's the perfect gift for any New Yorker or New York-a-phile you might know! < /p>

    Ride the subway down memory lane with pictures of cars such as:< /p>

    o The classic R32/R38, also known as the Brightliners< /p>

    o The traditional New York Subway Car that ran on every part of the IRT subway and was known for its speed and reliability< /p>

    o The famous BMT D-Type, the best-loved and most fun to ride BMT car with its distinctive appearance inside and out < /p>

    The New York Transit Museum is home to more than 100 years of transit lore and memorabilia. The museum's central facility is housed in an authentic 1930s subway station in Brooklyn Heights.< /p>

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    A Passion for Trains: The Railroad Photography of Richard Steinheimer

    A Passion for Trains: The Railroad Photography of Richard Steinheimer Lowest new price: $78.74
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    Author: Richard Steinheimer
    Brand: W.W. Norton & Co

    A tribute to the most revered railroad photographer of our time.

    To the true rail fan, Richard Steinheimer is an authentic hero, the best of the best. This, the first full-length celebration of his work, presents 160 of his duotone images, with an introduction by Jeff Brouws.

    A pioneer in train photography, Steinheimer lived through and documented the railroad's heyday and its decline. He is one of very few photographers who appreciate the aesthetics of all locomotives, from steam engines to the latest diesel-powered behemoths. He has a particular fondness for the landscape of the American West, and many of his images situate trains in the larger geography and culture of the time. Known for taking pictures at night, in bad weather, and from risky perches on top of moving train platforms, Steinheimer has an enormous creativity and productivity. 160 duotone photographs

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    New York Subways: An Illustrated History of New York City's Transit Cars

    New York Subways: An Illustrated History of New York City's Transit Cars Lowest new price: $50.19
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    Author: Gene Sansone

    The first subway line in New York City opened on October 27, 1904. To celebrate the centennial of this event, the Johns Hopkins University Press presents a new edition of Gene Sansone's acclaimed book, Evolution of New York City Subways. Produced under the auspices of New York's Metropolitan Transit Authority, this comprehensive account of the rapid transit system's design and engineering history offers an extensive array of photographs, engineering plans, and technical data for nearly every subway car in the New York City system from the days of steam and cable to the present.

    The product of years of meticulous research in various city archives, this book is organized by type of car, from the 1903–04 wood and steel Composite cars to the R142 cars put into service in 2000. For each car type, Sansone provides a brief narrative history of its design, construction, and service record, followed by detailed schematic drawings and accompanying tables that provide complete technical data, from the average cost per car and passenger capacity to seat and structure material, axle load, and car weight. Sansone also includes a helpful subway glossary from A Car (the end car in a multiple car coupled unit) to Zone (a section of the train to the conductor's left or right side).

    Subway and train enthusiasts, students of New York City history, and specialists in the history of technology will appreciate this updated and authoritative reference work about one of the twentieth century's greatest urban achievements.

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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 Lowest new price: $15.16
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    Author: Robert Carroll 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 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

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    20th Century Limited (Great Trains)

    20th Century Limited (Great Trains) Lowest new price: $107.08
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    Author: Karl Zimmerman
    Brand: Brand: MBI Publishing Company

    This authoritative history of the 20th Century Limited from 1902 to its 1967 demise examines the train; its steam, electric, and diesel motive power; and its swank passenger cars, services, and amenities. The Century was a train of magnates and movie stars, with a red carpet rolled out for departure from Chicago to New York City. With the finest of food in the diner and a full array of amenities - barber, secretary, shower, maid - the 20th Century Limited set the standards against which all other passenger trains would be measured. This book tells the complete story of this extraordinary train, from its illustrious beginning in the days of opulent wooden cars through its demise in the era of passenger-train cutbacks that lead to the formation of Amtrak.

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    Golden Age of Transport Luggage Labels: 20 Vintage Luggage Label Stickers (Travel Stickers)

    Golden Age of Transport Luggage Labels: 20 Vintage Luggage Label Stickers (Travel Stickers) Lowest new price: $7.78
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    This box of 20 individual peel and stick luggage labels are suitable for scrapbooking, decoupage, gift wrapping and, of course the adornment of old trunks and luggage. This selection celebrates transport by air, land and sea; some of the airline labels we include are: TWA, Trans Asiatic, Air India, TACA, and Czechoslovak Airlines. There are ocean liner labels from Matson, Cunard, N.Y.K. and Canadian Pacific. The railroad labels include the Northern Pacific line, The Orient Express, The Flying Scotsman and the Brienzer Rothorn. Only a vastly ambitious traveler could have achieved this selection on their own.

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    Moonlight in Duneland: The Illustrated Story of the Chicago South Shore and South Bend Railroad (Quarry Books)

    Moonlight in Duneland: The Illustrated Story of the Chicago South Shore and South Bend Railroad (Quarry Books) Lowest new price: $18.46
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    Author: Ronald D. Cohen
    Brand: Cohen, Ronald D. (EDT)/ McShane, Stephen G. (EDT)/ Margolin, Victor (FRW)

    Known as the "Little Train That Could" or "The Last Interurban", the Chicago, South Shore, and South Bend Railroad has served the Northwest Indiana/Chicago area as a major commercial and recreational transportation link for 90 years. The South Shore Line has reflected the triumphs and misfortunes of the Calumet Region throughout the twentieth century. For its first two decades, it survived good times and bad until its landmark purchase by Samuel Insull’s Midland Utilities in 1925. Insull launched an aggressive marketing campaign producing booklets, movies, and in particular a set of colorful, artistic posters, which attracted many from Illinois to Northwest Indiana’s steel mills and sand dunes.

    As many as fifty color lithographed posters displayed in railroad depots, on Chicago "L" platforms, and elsewhere, highlighted fun in the Indiana Dunes, local flora and fauna, and the strength of heavy industry, all characteristic of the Calumet Region. Prominent Chicago artists rendered these scenes and many won acclaim for high artistic standards. Indeed, Oscar Rabe Hanson’s Homeward Bound by South Shore Line won both the Art Directors Club and Barron Collier medals in 1927.

    Moonlight in Duneland tells the story of that poster campaign through the reproduction of more than forty known surviving posters. Additional advertising items from the 1920s and 1970s are sprinkled throughout the book, along with original art by Dale Fleming and Mitchell A. Markovitz. In addition, four essays describe the background of Insull’s marketing genius and its artists. William D. Middleton’s essay details Insull’s purchase of the South Shore Line and its rebirth. Bob Harris, in "Not Just Selling Railroad Tickets: The Role of the South Shore Line Poster Art in the Development of Northwest Indiana," describes the hands-on, intense involvement of the railroad and its ad campaign in the industrial, residential, and recreational development of the Region. In "Commercial Illustration, Poster Painters, Railway Men," Mitchell A. Markovitz provides a glimpse into the poster artists’ world, along with a personal memoir of his own experiences as a South Shore Line poster artist. Finally, John Paul Laue explains how a group of dedicated South Shore Line enthusiasts saved the road when it was threatened again with extinction in the 1970s in "South Shore Recreation: A Fun Way to Save a Railroad."

    While Moonlight in Duneland pays tribute to eras gone by, it also debuts a new period of growth in Calumet Region pride and development. Sponsored by the Northwest Indiana Forum, new poster art has been commissioned to advertise the many wonders of the area. Several of those images grace the pages of this book, providing the reason for the slogan, "A Region in Renaissance."

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    Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway

    Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Lowest new price: $49.95
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    Author: Brian Solomon

    Here is the detailed and fascinating history of how two legendary railroads — the Santa Fe and the Burlington Northern (which itself was comprised four major railroads) — merged in 1995 to create what remains one of America’s rail icons, the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF). A blockbuster railroad merits a history book of the same scale, and this book will awe railfans with its rich content.

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