Roanoke Locomotive Shops and the Norfolk & Western Railroad: Wayne McKinney
Almost overnight railway lines sprawled across the United States, quickly assuming a key role in America´s rapid growth and development. Linking these lines that crisscrossed the map were the stations themselves, the very centerpieces--physical and metaphorical--of civic and cultural life in America. They were backdrops to commonplace comings and goings as well as public lecturers and evangelists, rallies and wartime troop movement; outposts of Western settlement; staging grounds for presidential whistle-stop tours; and destinations for a new class of tourists that arose at the turn of the twentieth century. Reflecting a vast range of shapes, styles, and sizes, their architectural diversity defined them nearly as much as their hallowed place in American history.Organized by region, Railroad Stations: The Buildings That Link the Nation captures all their expressions, from modest to glorious. Here are rugged Western depots, ghost-town stations in the Plains, an art deco masterpiece in Ohio, and grand urban landmarks. Also showcased are related features such as waiting rooms and concourses, some with lavish displays of artwork; elegant details including cornices, cupolas, campaniles, and clock towers; adjacent train sheds and hotels; carriage shops and roadhouses; baggage carts; and much, much more. In over 600 striking archival plans, drawings, maps, and images--many from panoramic and aerial perspectives, and taken by such noted photographers as Jack Boucher, Jack Delano, and Jet Lowe--the stories of railroad stations big and small are charted, a visual feast of images chronicling the history and stylistic character of one of our nation´s most iconic building types. An online portfolio showcasing all the images is available for browsing and downloading. The portfolio also offers a direct link to the Library of Congress´s online, searchable catalogs and image files.
A Special History Study:Pennsylvania Railroad Shops and Works in Altoona, Pennsylvania (Classic Reprint) John C. Paige
History of the City of Altoona and Blair County:Including Sketches of the Shops of the Pennsylvania Railroad Co (Classic Reprint) James H. Ewing
Sketch Book of Saint Louis:Containing a Series of Sketches of the Early Settlement, Public Buildings, Hotels, Railroads, Steamboats, Foundry and Machine Shops, Mercantile Houses, Grocers, Manufacturing Houses, &C (Classic Reprint) Jacob N. Taylor
General Catalog; Pacific B, 1914:Oil Will Supplies and Machinery, General Supplies for Railroads, Contractors, Stream Fitters Foundries, Machine Shops Factories, Mills and Mines (Classic Reprint) Unknown Author
Here´s a biographical profile of James Ward Packard, an American automobile pioneer. Unlike many of the automobile pioneers who received their primary training with blacksmiths, or under watchful eyes of mechanics in wagon, bicycle or railroad shops, Packard and his older brother William learned their trade as engineering students at Lehigh University. However, like the other pioneers, the path they first traveled did not begin with the horseless carriage; there were several pit stops along the way before they made their transition into that nascent industry. Yet, by the time they retired from the automobile industry, the name Packard had become synonymous with quality, luxury and elegance - it was the American Rolls Royce. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Baron Ron Herron. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bigh/000121/bk_bigh_000121_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.