By Brian Solomon,Patrick Yough

ISBN-10: 0760333599

ISBN-13: 9780760333594

From the 1st, U.S. railroads have carried coal from mines to docks, metal generators, and tool crops around the nation. during this authoritative booklet spanning the complete of that background, from the mid-nineteenth century to give, famous rail writer Brian Solomon explores the railroads and that experience transported the fossil fuels that made the US paintings. fabulous interval and modern pictures show the drama of the firm: the very long—and very heavy—trains powering up mountain grades and thundering throughout barren prairies. 


At websites from the japanese and western united states, previous and current, readers see tremendous double-headed Norfolk and Western steam locomotives relocating Appalachian coal in Virginia; glossy CSX diesels dragging unit coal trains over the well-groomed former Chesapeake & Ohio major line; BNSF’s SD70MACs with greater than a hundred hoppers in tow; Rio Grande locomotives snaking throughout the Rocky Mountains; and coal trains operating full-throttle up Colorado’s Tennessee cross, cresting the Continental Divide at 10,000 ft above sea point. taking over issues starting from the colourful yet now-defunct “anthracite roads” of jap Pennsylvania to today’s AC-traction diesels that paintings Wyoming’s thriving Powder River Basin, Solomon finds how for one hundred fifty years the original calls for of coal—and America’s call for for coal—have caused new railroad technologies.

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