Railroad Maps, Vol. 2

Railroad Maps, Vol. 2

Railroad Maps, Vol. 2

This collector’s edition uses richly detailed and annotated maps to illustrate the changing face of railroading, tracing the remnants and successors of long-vanished lines, major rail hubs, and locations celebrated in railroad history that remain vital today.

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the snowsheds of stevens pass

AMONG THE MANY HAZARDS of running trains at high elevations in North America are snow, ice, and avalanche. This was well illustrated in Washington state where the Great Northern crossed the Cascades at Stevens Pass, named for John F. Stevens, the engineer who discovered it in 1890. Great Northern built the original Cascade Tunnel in 1900 to bypass a series of switchbacks, its first way across the range at the 4,000-foot elevation. Even on the new route, which was below 3,400 feet and included snowsheds, heavy snows often delayed trains for days. In 1910, a pair of snowslides trapped two trains at Wellington, just outside the tunnel, and on March 1, an avalanche swept down Windy Mountain, knocking both trains off the hillside into Tye Creek, killing 96, one of the…

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campaign trail by rail in 1948

IN 1948, PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES were still riding the rails. Democratic incumbent Harry S. Truman spoke 352 times as his special train crisscrossed the nation on nine trips. That figure includes his “nonpolitical” trip in June, a short hop to Philadelphia to receive his convention’s nomination, and his “Victory Special” from Independence, Mo., back to Washington, D.C., after the Nov. 2 election, all of which totaled 29,539 miles. Truman’s rail and Pullman ticket on his Sept. 17-Oct. 2 tour alone was 12 feet long! Only once during the campaign did he fly — on a 2,200-mile round trip between Washington, D.C., and Miami, with a stop in Raleigh, N.C. New York Gov. Thomas E. Dewey, Truman’s Republican challenger, ran a much shorter campaign, making one cross-country jaunt and three other trips in…

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1939’s big breakthrough: the ft

EIGHTY YEARS AGO, on Nov. 25, 1939, Electro-Motive Corp.’s FT demonstrator diesel locomotive No. 103 left its birthplace at the company’s La Grange, Ill., plant. Nobody, not even its builders, knew what the new creation could do. True, the 17-year-old Electro-Motive had been a pioneer in diesel propulsion for railroad use, having built a successful line of self-propelled passenger cars (doodlebugs), diesel switchers, and diesel passenger locomotives. But the new FT would make the company’s fortunes soar. No. 103 became the prototype, in the words of former Trains Editor David P. Morgan, for the world’s first standardized, mass-produced line of diesel freight locomotives with “no equal in railroading.” The tour was more experiment than demonstration. The builder’s tone was, “We’d like you to help us find out just what we’ve got here.”…

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then and now

UNCOUNTED RAILROADS HAVE COME AND GONE in the decades since the Baltimore & Ohio became the first U.S. railroad chartered for commercial movement of passenger and freight. Many of those long-gone companies live on, though, in the routes followed by their successors. Consider, on the following pages, these locations that illustrate the passage of time by continuing to play a part in the national rail network through continued evolution, even if their originators have long been consigned to history.…

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new york railroads on water

THE SLOWEST MILES of a railroad freight shipment often seem to be the first mile and last mile traveled, where tight curves, light rail, and steep grades are common. But what do you do if the last mile is over the water? This map shows the railroad marine facilities that served New York City in 1962. Bridges and tunnels were slow to develop, so New York railroads marshaled their own navies (even the New York Central, which had direct rail freight access to Manhattan). These navies functioned as a “water belt line” for freight. The watercraft included specialized tugboats; open-deck, enclosed, and open-hulled barges; and rail-equipped barges called carfloats. In 1954, this freight navy totaled 1,954 vessels, with Pennsylvania and New York Central having the largest fleets (each about 21% of…

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the world of railroading

THE REACH OF RAILROADING is global; only in a relative handful of countries is the meeting of steel wheel and steel rail not a part of daily life. But railways have evolved in different ways as they’ve spread across the globe. From Australia, where three track gauges play major roles and it wasn’t possible to ride cross-country on a single train until 1970; to Japan, with its unmatched network of Shinkansen high speed trains; to Canada, which built a railroad to unite a nation that grew into a company encircling the globe, these maps celebrate the many and varied faces of the modern rail industry.…