Roanoke Locomotive Shops and the Norfolk & Western Railroad: Wayne McKinney
Having grown up in rural Norfolk, author Victoria Connelly never thought she´d ever live in London. But after surviving 11 years in the noisy suburbs, she finally persuades her husband to move to Suffolk - to a county with no motorways, a village with no shops, and a cottage with no main drainage. Escape to Mulberry Cottage is the first book in the Suffolk Bunch series. It follows Victoria and her artist husband, Roy, as they embrace country life with their ever-expanding family of animals. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jan Cramer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/034362/bk_acx0_034362_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Rationing: It’s a word and idea that people often loathe and fear. Health care expert Henry Aaron has compared mentioning the possibility of rationing to ´´shouting an obscenity in church´´. Yet societies in fact ration food, water, medical care, and fuel all the time, with those who can pay the most getting the most. As Nobel Prize-winning economist Amartya Sen has said, the results can be ´´thoroughly unequal and nasty´´. In Any Way You Slice It, Stan Cox shows that rationing is not just a quaint practice restricted to World War II memoirs and 1970s gas station lines. Instead, he persuasively argues that rationing is a vital concept for our fragile present, an era of dwindling resources and environmental crises. Any Way You Slice It takes us on a fascinating search for alternative ways of apportioning life’s necessities, from the goal of fair shares for all during wartime in the 1940s to present-day water rationing in a Mumbai slum, from the bread shops of Cairo to the struggle for fairness in American medicine and carbon rationing on Norfolk Island in the Pacific. Cox’s question: Can we limit consumption while assuring everyone a fair share? The author of Losing Our Cool, the much debated and widely acclaimed examination of air-conditioning’s many impacts, here turns his attention to the politically explosive topic of how we share our planet’s resources. 1. Language: English. Narrator: L. J. Ganser. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/012815/bk_adbl_012815_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From its inception in the 1880s, The Norfolk & Western Railway primarily carried freight but as a sideline, it always provided passenger service. A profitable, well-run company, N&W only accepted the very best. As World War II ended, N&W offered several named trains along its main line, including the Cavalier, the Pocahontas, and its daytime flagship the Powhatan Arrow. Pulled initially by the magnificent Class J steam locomotives that N&W manufactured at its Roanoke Shops, the Powhatan Arrow provided fast, luxurious, and memorable service for three decades before passenger service was discontinued, giving way to automobile and airplane travel nationwide. The corridor traversed by the Powhatan Arrow is a wonderfully complex, geographically fascinating, socially diverse, and economically mixed path through Virginia, West Virginia, and Ohio. The vicissitudes of time have endowed the communities along the way with a broad spectrum of fortunes, branching from prosperity to failure. With railroads no longer carrying passengers, Michael Abraham duplicated the route as closely as possible by car, motorcycle, bicycle, and even canoe, gathering each area´s history and culture and profiling entrepreneurs, historians, railfans, and everyday people in this enlightening, humorous look at a swath of America´s past, present, and future. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dave Cruse. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/086355/bk_acx0_086355_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.