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A Railroad Atlas of the United States in 1946

Volume 3: Indiana, Lower Michigan, and Ohio

Richard C. Carpenter

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Volume 3
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A Railroad Atlas of the United States in 1946 recalls an era when steam locomotives were still king and passenger trains stopped at nearly every town in America. Railroad companies employed over a million workers, on the trains and along the tracks. Everything moved by rail: travelers, mail, and freight—whether a massive electric generator or a child's bicycle.

Richard C. Carpenter's hand-drawn color maps recapture the precise details: the various trunk and ancillary railroad passenger lines that served thousands of towns; long-since demolished steam locomotive and manual signal tower...

A Railroad Atlas of the United States in 1946 recalls an era when steam locomotives were still king and passenger trains stopped at nearly every town in America. Railroad companies employed over a million workers, on the trains and along the tracks. Everything moved by rail: travelers, mail, and freight—whether a massive electric generator or a child's bicycle.

Richard C. Carpenter's hand-drawn color maps recapture the precise details: the various trunk and ancillary railroad passenger lines that served thousands of towns; long-since demolished steam locomotive and manual signal tower installations; towns that functioned solely as places where crews changed over; track pans; coaling stations; tunnels; bridges and viaducts; and other rail-specific sites.

The third and largest volume in this acclaimed series includes 276 maps and drawings and focuses on Indiana, Lower Michigan, and Ohio. These states could be called the crossroads of the national railroad network, where east-west transcontinental lines crossed north-south inter-regional lines. Carpenter depicts the major rail centers of Indianapolis, Gary, Detroit, Toledo, Cleveland, and Chicago, as well as every town and rail junction from Mackinaw City, Michigan, to Tell City, Indiana.

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An incredible wealth of information... a fine addition to library collections that support interests in railroading, transportation issues, post-World War II history, or the midwest region.

Superb series... As in Carpenter's previous editions on the Mid-Atlantic states and New England, the detail in his hand-drawn, exhaustively researched maps is astonishing... This atlas and its companions are excellent snapshots of railroading's 'classic era.'

A winning reference.

Mr. Carpenter's labor of love appeals to railroad professionals, railroad enthusiasts, sociologists, historians, local historians, cartographers, and collectors of unusual maps. The book belongs on your reference shelf. There's nothing else quite like it.

This atlas is a gem, and certainly should be considred for your bookshelf.

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Book Details

Publication Date
Status
Available
Trim Size
8.5
x
11
Pages
360
ISBN
9780801890024
Illustration Description
276 line drawings
Table of Contents

Introduction
How to Use This Atlas
Acknowledgments
The Atlas
Kay Map
Map Symbols and Abbreviations
The Maps
Appendix: List of Railroads in the Atlas
Notes on the Maps: References
Indexes
Coaling Stations
Interlo

Introduction
How to Use This Atlas
Acknowledgments
The Atlas
Kay Map
Map Symbols and Abbreviations
The Maps
Appendix: List of Railroads in the Atlas
Notes on the Maps: References
Indexes
Coaling Stations
Interlocking Stations and Former Interlocking Stations
Passender and Non-passenger Stations
Track Pans
Tunnels
Viaducts

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Richard C. Carpenter

Richard C. Carpenter is the retired executive director of the South Western Regional Planning Agency in Connecticut.