Southern Pacific Railroad

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Voyageur Press, Nov 15, 2007 - Transportation - 160 pages
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In 1999, Brian Solomon produced a definitive illustrated history of the Southern Pacific. With this updated edition, the prolific rail author and photographer has gathered more than 150 black-and-white and color photographs, along with timetables, postcards, and ads not included in the first go-around, to provide readers with a fresh look at this North American railroading icon, from the mid-nineteenth century to its 1996 merger into Union Pacific and beyond.More than just a railroad, the Southern Pacific was an empire. From austere western roots, it grew into a far-flung railroad of some 17,000 route miles anchored in San Francisco but stretching from Portland, Oregon, to the Gulf of Mexico.This illustrated history traces that development and rise to transportation stalwart beginning. Thanks to the collection of images assembled here, railfans are treated to a rich visual rundown of the history of SP steam and diesel power, and freight and passenger operations. In addition to images of the Southern Pacific's flashy red and orange Daylight" streamliners, Solomon features photography from the railroad's fabled Coast Line, Shasta Route, Golden State Route, and the granddaddy of 'em all, the Overland Route.Winding down with SP's 1996 acquisition and a recap of how SP freight and passenger infrastructures were incorporated into former rival UP and Amtrak, respectively, Solomon shows that the "Espee" truly lives on today.

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What makes books in this series so impressive is the wide array of photos and illustrations; what adds importance to this edition is the exhaustive research by Brian Solomon! A great history ... Read full review

About the author (2007)

Brian Solomon is one of today's most accomplished railway historians. He has authored more than 25 books about railroads and motive power, and his writing and photography have been featured in the world's top railfan publications, including TRAINS, Railway Age, Passenger Train Journal, and RailNews. He divides his time between Massachusetts and Ireland.

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