Little Trains to Faraway Places

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Indiana University Press, Jun 22, 2010 - Travel - 224 pages
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Narrow-gauge railroading conjures images of marginal track, wooden coaches, and antique steam locomotives. Yet consider the extraordinarily glamorous and comfortable South African Blue Train and Australia's Queenslander as well as the electrified network of meter-gauge mountain railways in Switzerland that run with a precision similar to that of the country's famed timepieces. Often used to penetrate the most challenging and breathtaking terrain that larger trains are unable to reach, narrow-gauge railways offer even the most seasoned of travelers an experience to remember. Karl Zimmermann, railroad author and accomplished photographer, chronicles his journeys aboard these rarest of trains. Individual chapters weave history and travelogue, complemented by more than 100 color illustrations. The result is a spirited tribute to the world's most charismatic railways.

 

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Contents

The Lure of the Narrow Gauge
1
1 Switzerlands Leisurely Expresses
9
The White Pass Yukon 1978
21
3 Magic at Morro Grande 1984
33
Really Narrow 1987
43
5 The Old Patagonian Express 1988
57
6 Rio Turbo Coal Hauler 1988
69
7 Switchbacks on the Devils Nose 1989
81
11 Gauge Chaos Down Under 1996
119
12 Plowing into the Past 1997
131
13 Through Mallorcas Mountains 1998
145
14 A Railway Reborn 2000
151
15 Where Narrow Gauge Is Standard 2000
165
16 Near Yet so Distant 2001
183
17 Railway Brigadoon 2003
191
Bibliography
205

8 The Silverton 1991
95
9 Steaming Through the Harz Mountains 1994
105
10 New Trains Old Boats in Switzerland 1994
113

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About the author (2010)

Karl Zimmermann has been a contributor to the travel sections of various newspapers across the country, including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Washington Post. He is author of The GrandLuxe Express (IUP, 2007).

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