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The Complete History of Railroads: Trade, Transport, and Expansion


Traversing landscapes and expediting travel, railroads have allowed us to conquer once elusive frontiers to improve both transportation and commerce. Railroad design has changed remarkably little in the years since the invention of the steam engine, yet trains remain a prevalent form of transport and the railways. The bridges that have been developed to support them continue to be a vital part of infrastructures in countries around the world. This engaging volume examines the evolution of railways, railcars, and bridges, as well as the lives of pioneers and tycoons in the railroad business.

Series: Transportation and Society

Interest Level: Grades 9-12

Guided Reading Level: Z

Lexile Level: 1420

ISBN: 9781615307265 (E-book)

Copyright: ©2012

Pages: 256

“A concise and thorough history of railroad development, all compacted into 10 chapters covering the first railroads, the expansion of the modern railroad, locomotive development, the evolution of different types of railroad cars, bridges, tracks, and also has a chapter devoted to the engineers and the tycoons who built this infrastructure.” —Susan O’Brien, Sn3 Modeler, October 2012

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