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Steam, Steel & Limiteds: A Saga of the Great Varnish Era – Kratville (1962) (E)


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Lively yet thorough history of the development and use of the all-steel passenger car in America, a field that was dominated by the Pullman-Standard and American Car and Foundry. Examines the years between the World Wars when steel cars replaced wooden ones, named Specials and Limiteds dominated the passenger traffic, and both the interiors and exteriors were fashioned by industry leaders. The author shows most of the famously named trains, inside and out, with additional information on their routes and equipment. Black and white photos on almost every page show the evolution of the cars, supplemented with schematic diagrams. Relive the glory day of passenger service as the pages turn — all aboard! 415 pages.

Pathbreaking examination of the impact of railroads on American culture and the built environment. Prof. Stilgoe focuses on how the railroads created metropolitan corridors that not only shaped the landscape but also American attitudes towards industrial might, exploration of the countryside and Nature, and the possibility of an ordered and beautiful future. Illustrated throughout with black and white photos as well as drawings. With extensive notes. 397 pages with index.

This book is in Good condition.  However, the dust cover shows significant shelf wear and some tearing (see photograph) that does not extend into the book itself.  The binding is strong and intact.  There is a sticker on the inside of the front cover “From the Library of Charles William Briggs, Jr.”  There are no other writings or marks in the book.

Publisher:      Yale University Press (September 10, 1985)

Harback:       397 pages

ISBN-10:       0300030428

ISBN-13:       978-0300030426


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ASIN:            B0007DYSNA

Publisher:      Barnhart Press (January 1, 1962)

Hardcover:    415 pages

East Bin 2

Weight 70 oz
Dimensions 12 × 9 × 1.5 in


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