Jump on board a visual journey that will draw readers young and old into the magic of traveling by train, the sense of adventure and discovery as you look around at the world passing by. Learn about the trains like the bullet train Shinkansen and the most ambitious, daring and important train routes ever constructed. From Australia to Wales, each route is unique. Find out why as we travel the globe and explore the stories of the people who built, designed and ride the railways. Discover how these routes came to be and the impact they have had on history and people's lives today.
A captivating array of historic articles and period photographs involving the history of the railroads in Georgia over the past 175 years. Information collected from historic newspaper accounts, personal interviews, legal documents, court records, and first-person accounts. Includes full-name and subject indexes for reference purposes.
"...sit back, relax, and let's begin our trip on the old-fashioned train. We will start at Elkhorn City, Kentucky, and won't stop until we reach Spartanburg, South Carolina". This is really a trip back in time, centered around one of the most remarkable railroad lines in the eastern part of the U.S. Making brief commentary about specific locations along the scenic route, Lonon includes some interesting bits of history. Along with a brief biographical sketch of George L. Carter, there are brief sketches about J. Fred Johnson and John B. Dennis and their association with him in building the railroad. The author shares numerous anecdotes. Some are from his childhood in the Blue Ridge Mountains, through which the train ran; others are from later years, after he began his railroading career. The latter half of the book is filled with Clinchfield Memorabilia. This is in addition to numerous photographs and illustrations, with one found on almost every page throughout the first part. The author's love for The Clinchfield is obvious. Thanks in part to this volume, the memory of this phenomenon"...and its great history will be passed on...as one of the great accomplishments in the creation of this great country".
The distant sight of a steam-locomotive rolling across the open prairie is bound to bring about nostalgia for a time long past. But when you read these stories of unquiet railroad ghosts and their tragedy-struck trains, you'll notice the eerie embrace of the unexplained mixed into your quiet reverie. Haunted Rails is filled with stories of ghost trains, haunted locomotives, and spectral cabooses. Within these pages, you'll read the riveting stories of crashes, accidents, and the ghosts that linger in old railroad stations and museums. You'll discover engineers, conductors, and brakeman who perished on the job but have yet to cross over into the light. This book includes dozens of true ghost stories that take place on railroad lines both near and far, including: Flinderation Tunnel on the B&O and CSX mainline An eerie premonition on Canadian Pacific Railway The strange tale of caboose number 1908 of the Louisville and Nashville (L&N) Railroad The apparition in the Railroad Museum of the Penn Central Railroad The ghost of the Nickel Plate Road (NKP) Museum The demon train of the Scottish Highlands The Santa Ana ghost train Abraham Lincoln's haunted funeral train Engineer Brit Craft's heroic deeds outside of Atchison, Kansas The Silverpilen, also known as the haunted steel bullet train of Sweden The haunted caboose of Kentucky President Grover Cleveland's brush with the Maco light on the Atlantic Coast Line Author Philip K. Dick's paranormal encounter on the North Pacific Coast Railroad The paranormal aftermath of the tsunami that destroyed the Hilo Railroad in Hawaii
Rails Trails and Other Tales weaves the reader through the romance and adventure of hopping freight trains and being out in the wilderness. Along with others, there are stories of dogs, ducks and commentaries on the misunderstood mule. Stories lived and stories handed down, kept alive with the telling and given longevity with the pen. Adventure and experiences through which the reader can get an idea of how life in the open and on the move can get into ones psyche to the point that wondering becomes solace to a wayward spirit. Some experiences in life we pursue and acquire, others just come along and happen to us when we put ourselves in their paths. Either way experiences and adventures are elements in life that give substance to our memories. We may not be able to experience all we wish, but we can, visit some experiences lived by others. You, reader may not be able to wander in the fi rst person but here you can sit back and do some arm-chair wandering and have a look at some other tid-bits of life. Also you may get a little look into what can happen sometimes when one just casts his way into the winds of chance. Meynardie
"Snow on the Rails" takes us inside the world of Midwest railroading through a series of tales told by its characters and offers a unique look inside the railroading culture. Meet yard workers and travelers coping with the hazards and pleasures of riding or working on the rails. The hazards include violence of storms, the killer tornadoes, the heat, the floods, and always the cold and snow. The author's sources come from the smoke of yard shacks and depot lunchrooms and the book was shaped by hundreds of encounters over more than two decades.