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    The Great Society Subway: A History of the Washington Metro (Creating the North American Landscape)

    The Great Society Subway: A History of the Washington Metro (Creating the North American Landscape) Lowest new price: $55.82
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    Author: Zachary M. Schrag
    Brand: Brand: Johns Hopkins University Press

    Drivers in the nation's capital face a host of hazards: high-speed traffic circles, presidential motorcades, jaywalking tourists, and bewildering signs that send unsuspecting motorists from the Lincoln Memorial into suburban Virginia in less than two minutes. And parking? Don't bet on it unless you're in the fast lane of the Capital Beltway during rush hour.

    Little wonder, then, that so many residents and visitors rely on the Washington Metro, the 106-mile rapid transit system that serves the District of Columbia and its inner suburbs. In the first comprehensive history of the Metro, Zachary M. Schrag tells the story of the Great Society Subway from its earliest rumblings to the present day, from Arlington to College Park, Eisenhower to Marion Barry.

    Unlike the pre–World War II rail systems of New York, Chicago, and Philadelphia, the Metro was built at a time when most American families already owned cars, and when most American cities had dedicated themselves to freeways, not subways. Why did the nation's capital take a different path? What were the consequences of that decision?

    Using extensive archival research as well as oral history, Schrag argues that the Metro can be understood only in the political context from which it was born: the Great Society liberalism of the Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon administrations. The Metro emerged from a period when Americans believed in public investments suited to the grandeur and dignity of the world's richest nation. The Metro was built not merely to move commuters, but in the words of Lyndon Johnson, to create "a place where the city of man serves not only the needs of the body and the demands of commerce but the desire for beauty and the hunger for community."

    Schrag scrutinizes the project from its earliest days, including general planning, routes, station architecture, funding decisions, land-use impacts, and the behavior of Metro riders. The story of the Great Society Subway sheds light on the development of metropolitan Washington, postwar urban policy, and the promises and limits of rail transit in American cities.

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    Glover Steam Locomotives: The South's Last Steam Builder

    Glover Steam Locomotives: The South's Last Steam Builder Lowest new price: $104.32
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    Author: Richard L. Hillman
    Brand: Heimburger House

    One of the oldest companies in Georgia, the Glover Machine Works produced 200 small steam locomotives in eight different gauges. The only recorded history of this company is now available in a deluxe 10” x 10”, 128-page hardbound book from Heimburger House Publishing Company and written by Marietta resident Richard L. Hillman.


    The amazing archives of its historic records allows for a complete description of this fascinating company. From the first engine that rolled out of the Glover shops in 1902 to the removal of the last steam locomotive from the plant in 1995, Glover Machine Works followed the rise and fall of the lumbering and mining industries of the South.


    Although Glover locomotive production never rivaled companies such as Alco or Baldwin, Glover provided as many as 200 small steam locomotives in several gauges to a variety of companies in a dozen states and the same number of foreign countries, mostly in the Caribbean and South America.


    Learn about the various wheel arrangements, weights, tractive efforts and gauges as you step back in time with each page. The Glover plant turned out 0-4-0s, 0-4-2s, 0-4-4s, 0-6-0s, 0-6-2s, 0-6-4s, 2-6-0s, 2-8-0s and 4-6-0s in eight different gauges including 24”, 36” and standard gauge. By 1930, the firm had expanded into other types of industrial products to fill the locomotive void, and left the locomotive business to others.


    This book proudly features many of the glass plate negatives that were retained by Glover in the plant archives where hundreds of original documents, catalogs and photographs were stored for many years. The Eastman Kodak Company helped supply materials in producing the Glover archive photographs.


    Lavishly illustrated with 230 pictures and many builder’s photos, this book contains eight chapters and a locomotive roster, a photo gallery illustrating the locomotives and a chapter entitled Puzzle Pages.


    The Glover Machine Works, now dissolved and the plant torn down, continues to evoke memories of small, distinctive steam engines that made their way mostly into the South’s stone and marble quarries and lumbering operations.

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    The Underground Railroad: An Encyclopedia of People, Places, and Operations

    The Underground Railroad: An Encyclopedia of People, Places, and Operations Lowest new price: $1,160.92
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    Author: Mary Ellen Snodgrass
    Brand: Brand: M.E. Sharpe

    The culmination of years of research in dozens of archives and libraries, this fascinating encyclopedia provides an unprecedented look at the network known as the Underground Railroad - that mysterious "system" of individuals and organizations that helped slaves escape the American South to freedom during the years before the Civil War. In operation as early as the 1500s and reaching its peak with the abolitionist movement of the antebellum period, the Underground Railroad saved countless lives and helped alter the course of American history. This is the most complete reference on the Underground Railroad ever published. It includes full coverage of the Railroad in both the United States and Canada, which was the ultimate destination of many of the escaping slaves. "The Underground Railroad: An Encyclopedia of People, Places, and Operations" explores the people, places, writings, laws, and organizations that made this network possible. More than 1,500 entries detail the families and personalities involved in the operation, and sidebars extract primary source materials for longer entries. This encyclopedia features extensive supporting materials, including maps with actual Underground Railroad escape routes, photos, a chronology, genealogies of those involved in the operation, a listing of Underground Railroad operatives by state or Canadian province, a "passenger" list of escaping slaves, and primary and secondary source bibliographies.

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    Railway Modelling: The Realistic Way

    Railway Modelling: The Realistic Way Lowest new price: $106.28
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    Author: Iain Rice
    Brand: Brand: Haynes Publishing UK

    Railway modeling is as popular as ever today. Its diversity and richness of interest – often with a degree of nostalgia – make the hobby the ideal antidote to the stresses of modern life. This book, a completely new version of Norman Simmons’ long-lived Railway Modelling, first published in 1972 and updated through eight editions, is the ideal companion for today’s railway modeler, as it combines traditional modeling techniques and advice with full details of all the new technology that has transformed the hobby in recent years. There can be no better handbook for any model railway enthusiast, novice or expert.

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    Standard Catalog of Lionel Trains 1945-1969

    Standard Catalog of Lionel Trains 1945-1969 Lowest new price: $147.67
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    Author: David Doyle

    Do You Live for Lionel?

    There may be other things to live for, but collecting Lionel Trains takes living to a whole new level! The world of postwar Lionel Trains brought countless innovations to the legendary line that helped define the electric toy train, and this book breaks it all down into easy-to-find sections.

    Divided into locomotives, freight and maintenance of way, passenger cars, accessories, catalogs, and cataloged sets, each section is broken down further into subcategories such as steam locomotives and flatcars. Once you've found your model and style, you'll discover detailed descriptions unmatched by anything you've seen in other train guides!

    Identifying and assessing your Lionel Collection is made easy by the, 1,450 detailed color photos, rarity ratings and up-to-date values that fill the pages of this must-have collectible train resource.

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    Underground Railroad in New York and New Jersey (The Underground Railroad)

    Underground Railroad in New York and New Jersey (The Underground Railroad) Lowest new price: $4.56
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    Author: William J. Switala
    Brand: Brand: Stackpole Books

  • Maps of the major escape routes
  • Identifies houses and sites where slaves found refuge
  • Chapter on Canada discusses the final destination

    Tells the story of the network that guided escaped slaves to freedom, its operation, its important figures, and its specific history in New York and New Jersey. Pinpoints major routes in the states, with maps and information for locating them today.

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    America's Standard Gauge Electric Trains: Their History and Operation, Including a Collector's Guide to Current Values

    America's Standard Gauge Electric Trains: Their History and Operation, Including a Collector's Guide to Current Values Lowest new price: $61.60
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    Author: Peter Riddle
    Brand: Brand: Antique Trader Books

    Covers trains by Lionel, American Flyer, Ives, and Dorfan

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    The Hook and Eye: A History of the Iowa Central Railway

    The Hook and Eye: A History of the Iowa Central Railway Lowest new price: $7.80
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    Author: Don L. Hofsommer
    Brand: Brand: Univ Of Minnesota Press

    Fearing the rapacious power of Chicago’s railroad system in the mid-1900s, Iowa Central Railway supporters fought for a north-south route across the state that would link Minneapolis and St. Paul with St. Louis. Such a route would put the needs of Iowa’s citizens first and provide transportation for the state’s agricultural and industrial trade. 

    Analyzing the origins, growth, and eventual dismantling of the Iowa Central Railway, which traversed the state from Ackley to Zearing and Mason City to Marshalltown, Don Hofsommer examines how this unremarkable, “plain vanilla” railway was an example of the life cycle of the American railroad industry. The Hook & Eye demonstrates its symbiotic relationship with its customers. Born in ambition but never rising far above its obscure origins, the Iowa Central eventually fell to outside competition from railroads based in greater metropolitan areas and was made part of the Minneapolis & St. Louis Railway in 1912. 

    Drawing the story from station records, annual reports, newspaper articles, and interviews with former employees, The Hook & Eye brings both the industry and human sides of railroading into sharp and memorable view. 

    Don L. Hofsommer is a native Iowan and professor of history at St. Cloud State University.

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    Penn Central Railroad (Railroad Color History)

    Penn Central Railroad (Railroad Color History) Lowest new price: $93.34
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    Author: Peter E. Lynch

    In describing Penn Central's operational history and the factors that led to its formation and downfall, author and former PC employee Peter Lynch offers a collection of the best Penn Central color imagery from the archives of photographers Thomas McNamara, J. W. Swanberg, David P. Oroszi, and others. These region-by-region collections depict freight and passenger operations, motive power, rolling stock, and facilities along 20,000 miles of trackage in states from New England to Illinois.


    Collecting Toy Trains: An Identification & Value Guide, No. 4 (O'Brien's Collecting Toy Trains)

    Collecting Toy Trains: An Identification & Value Guide, No. 4 (O'Brien's Collecting Toy Trains) Lowest new price: $18.00
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    Author: Richard O'Brien
    Brand: Brand: Books Americana

    Helps a collector get a better understanding in the identification process and the approximate value of toy trains. This will allow the person to know what they are purchasing and/or bidding on. I have volume 3 and just ordered volume 4. A must for beginners.

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