Train

Train

Riding the Rails That Created the Modern World -- From the Trans-Siberian to the Southwest Chief

Large Print - 2014
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"From the frigid trans-Siberian railroad to the antiquated Indian Railways to the futuristic MagLev trains, Zoellner offers a stirring story of man's relationship with trains. Zoellner examines both the mechanics of the rails and their engines and how they helped societies evolve. Not only do trains transport people and goods in an efficient manner, but they also reduce pollution and dependency upon oil. Zoellner also considers America's culture of ambivalence to mass transit, using the perpetually stalled line between Los Angeles and San Francisco as a case study in bureaucracy and public indifference. Train presents both an entertaining history of railway travel around the world while offering a serious and impassioned case for the future of train travel"--
Publisher: Farmington Hills, Mich. :, Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning,, 2014
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 1410459050
9781410469052
Branch Call Number: LP 385.09 ZOE NVD
Characteristics: 605 pages (large print) ; 23 cm

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rsolin
Oct 11, 2015

I liked this a lot. I wouldn't call myself a train aficionado, but this was interesting all the way through. But if you either know too much or too little about train travel, this may not be for you.

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LittleStuff
Jul 06, 2015

This seemed like a good book until I got to the chapter about Peru, which I know something about. The point being that all Peruvians, lots of Americans, and any train buffs interested in that insane set of tracks know that La Oroya is over the summit, past Galera Tunnel, and the only climb from there is to CdeP itself.
This man is an professor of English, someone who should understand professionally why this kind of falseness and carelessness matter.

kdka Jul 08, 2014

Kinda dull. Stopped after a chapter or two.

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moviefan01
Jul 02, 2014

Travelogue books can be rather like family vacation movies: Either you love'em or you hate 'em. I can say that
Tom Zoeller's book falls into the love 'em category. It's engaging and informative, and it's nice to learn about how train systems developed in other
countries. The best section is an extended essay where Zoeller is on a
westbound Amtrak across the U.S. This section brings to mind all those great American train songs, and I keep expecting The Gambler to ask me for a smoke!

LaughingOne May 29, 2014

More a story about the history of trains over certain periods of times, including the places trains traveled to. I wanted to read more about (and see photos of) the actual trains themselves.

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