Classic American Streamliners

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Motorbooks International, 1997 - Transportation - 160 pages
Gorgeous archival photographs combine with original brochures, time tables and menus to illustrate the great story of the streamlined trains that reigned supreme from the 1930s through the 1950s. Union Pacifics City of Salina, Santa Fes Chiefs and Rock Islands Rockets are among the many streamliners featured. Filled with everything pertaining to streamlined trains including their development, rolling stock, motive power, designs, operations, and appointments. Fabulous!
 

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A must-have addition to anyone fascinated by and/or mourning the death of the Golden Age of Railway Travel in the United States. I only caught the tail-end of the era and it was magnificent even though service (I was told by my grandparents and parents) was nothing like it had been in the mid-1950s. I thoroughly recommend it even if it just conjures "shadows" of the past for those did ride them and for those who never had the chance to do so. 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION AND GLOSSARY
3
FIRST GENERATION STREAMLINERS
5
ATLANTIC TO THE HEARTLAND
27
WESTWARD ACROSS THE CONTINENT
49
NORTHWEST PASSAGES
79
STREAMLINERS TO THE SOUTHLAND
99
REGIONAL FAVORITES
129
EPILOGUE
161
INDEX
162
Copyright

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About the author (1997)

Mike Schafer hails from Rockford, Illinois, where he recalls his earliest train-watching experiences on the Illinois Central, Milwaukee Road, Burlington Route, and Chicago & North Western. He vividly can recall his first train rides, circa 1952, on IC u2019s Hawkeye and Land O u2019 Corn between Rockford and Chicago. Eventually he would declare the latter -- America u2019s railroad hub -- his u201chonorary hometown. Mike and his little dog Archie reside in a house (which includes a 1,600-square-foot model railroad) next to BNSF u2019s busy Twin Cities mainline in a small town outside Chicago where he also serves as village trustee and occasionally mayor pro tem.

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