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Iowa's Railroads: An Album

by Don Hofsommer & H. Roger Grant Indiana University Press (June 01, 2009)

At one point in time, no place in Iowa was more than a few miles from an active line of rail track. In this splendid companion volume to Steel Trails of Hawkeyeland (IUP, 2005), H. Roger Grant and Don L. Hofsommer...


The Railroad That Never Was: Vanderbilt, Morgan, and the South Pennsylvania Railroad

by Herbert H. Harwood, Jr. Indiana University Press (September 06, 2010)

Herbert H. Harwood, Jr., tells the story of one of the most infamous railroad construction projects of the late 19th century. This 200-mile line through Pennsylvania's most challenging mountain terrain was intended...


The Rock Island Line

by Bill Marvel Indiana University Press (August 01, 2013)

This richly illustrated volume tells the story of a legendary railroad whose tracks spanned the Midwest, serving farms and small-town America for more than 140 years. One of the earliest railroads to build westward...


Off the Main Lines: A Photographic Odyssey

by Don L. Hofsommer Indiana University Press (August 01, 2013)

In this visually stunning and comprehensive photographic essay, railroad historian and photographer Donovan L. Hofsommer records the end of branchline passenger service, the demise of electric railroads, the...


The Electric Pullman: A History of the Niles Car & Manufacturing Company

by Lawrence A. Brough Indiana University Press (April 18, 2013)

Entering an already crowded and established industry, the Niles Car & Manufacturing Company in Ohio began business with surprising success, producing well over 1,000 electric and steam railway cars-cars so durable...


Wet Britches and Muddy Boots: A History of Travel in Victorian America

by John H.Jr. White Indiana University Press (November 22, 2012)

What was travel like in the 1880s? Was it easy to get from place to place? Were the rides comfortable? How long did journeys take? Wet Britches and Muddy Boots describes all forms of public transport from canal...


Railroads and the American People

by H. Roger Grant Indiana University Press (October 17, 2012)

In this social history of the impact of railroads on American life, H. Roger Grant concentrates on the railroad's "golden age," 1830-1930. To capture the essence of the nation's railroad experience, Grant explores...


American Steam Locomotives

by William L. Withuhn Indiana University Press (March 01, 2019)

For nearly half of the nation's history, the steam locomotive was the outstanding symbol for progress and power. It was the literal engine of the Industrial Revolution, and it played an instrumental role in...


John W. Barriger III

by H Roger Grant Indiana University Press (March 14, 2018)

In John W. Barriger III: Railroad Legend, historian H. Roger Grant details the fascinating life and impact of a transportation tycoon and "doctor of sick railroads."

After graduating from the Massachusetts Institute...


Chicago Union Station

by Fred Ash Indiana University Press (April 02, 2018)

More than a century before the age of airlines, the windy city of Chicago was already the nation's transportation hub. Tightly linked to its railroads, Chicago Union Station provided a way for passengers to...


Riding the Rails

by Robert D Krebs Indiana University Press (March 14, 2018)

When Robert D. Krebs joined the ranks of Southern Pacific Railroad in 1966, the industry had been in decline for decades, and the future of trains was in peril. Despite these obstacles, Krebs fell in love with...


Wallace W. Abbey

by Kevin P. Keefe, Scott Lothes & Wallace W. Abbey Indiana University Press (January 25, 2018)

From the late 1940s onward, Wallace W. Abbey masterfully combined journalistic and artistic vision to transform everyday transportation moments into magical photographs. Abbey, a photographer, journalist, historian,...


Railroads of Meridian

by J Parker Lamb Indiana University Press (July 05, 2012)

This generously illustrated narrative follows the evolution of dozens of separate railroads in the Meridian, Mississippi, area from the destruction of the town's rail facilities in the 1850s through the current...


Branch Line Empires

by Michael Bezilla Indiana University Press (June 06, 2017)

The Pennsylvania and the New York Central railroads helped to develop central Pennsylvania as the largest source of bituminous coal for the nation. By the late 19th century, the two lines were among America’s...


Indianapolis Union and Belt Railroads

by Jeffrey Darbee Indiana University Press (June 16, 2017)

In an era dominated by huge railroad corporations, Indianapolis Union and Belt Railroads reveals the important role two small railroad companies had on development and progress in the Hoosier State. After Indianapolis...


The Men Who Loved Trains: The Story of Men Who Battled Greed to Save an Ailing Industry

by RushJr. Loving Indiana University Press (May 21, 2006)

A saga about one of the oldest and most romantic enterprises in the land-America's railroads-The Men Who Loved Trains introduces some of the most dynamic businessmen in America. Here are the chieftains who have...


On Railways Far Away

by William D. Middleton Indiana University Press (June 28, 2012)

In this lavishly illustrated memoir, William D. Middleton invites readers to climb aboard and share with him 60 years of railroad tourism around the globe. Middleton's award-winning photography has recorded...


My Life with Trains

by Jim McClellan Indiana University Press (May 02, 2017)

Named one of the "75 People You Should Know" by Trains Magazine, Jim McClellan was a railroading legend and one of the railroad industry’s titans. An iconic and innovative executive, McClellan participated...


Frank Julian Sprague: Electrical Inventor and Engineer

by William D. Middleton & William D. MiddletonIII Indiana University Press (September 25, 2009)

Frank Julian Sprague invented a system for distributing electricity to streetcars from overhead wires. Within a year, electric streetcars had begun to replace horsecars, sparking a revolution in urban transportation....


The Lake Shore Electric Railway Story

by Jr.Herbert H. Harwood & Robert S. Korach Indiana University Press (September 14, 2015)

From 1901 to 1938 the Lake Shore Electric claimed to be-and was considered by many-"The Greatest Electric Railway in the United States." It followed the shore of Lake Erie, connecting Cleveland and Toledo with...


Derailed by Bankruptcy: Life after the Reading Railroad

by Howard H. Lewis & John Spychalski Indiana University Press (January 04, 2016)

What happened when the US government stopped investing in railroads and started investing in highways and air travel? By the late 1970s, six major eastern railroads had declared bankruptcy. Although he didn't...