Landmarks on the Iron Road

Landmarks on the Iron Road

Two Centuries of North American Railroad Engineering
William D. Middleton
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 12/23/2011
Format: Paperback 240 b&w photos
ISBN: 978-0-253-22360-9
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American civil engineers were unsurpassed in their ability to build railroads over great distances and across high mountain passes, to erect great bridges, or to bore tunnels of prodigious length. This is a remarkable story of the application of engineering to the building of a transportation system that civilized and settled America, and then supported an industrial revolution and created a world power.

Author Bio

William D. Middleton (1928-2011) is the author of more than 20 books and many hundreds of articles on rail transportation, engineering, and travel topics. He is editor (with George M. Smerk and Roberta L. Diehl) of Encyclopedia of North American Railroads (IUP, 2007) and co-author of Frank Julian Sprague: Electrical Inventor and Engineer (IUP, 2009).


“A remarkable story of the unsurpassable American civil engineers who built the transportation system that civilized and settled America. This lavishly illustrated account marks the uprise of an industrial revolution.”

“Middleton takes a look at the construction of some of these 'marvels of engineering,' which were used to conquer every type of terrain imaginable. Middleton, a civil engineer and railroad historian, combines his interest in these two fields to provide a fascinating look at the engineering wonders of North American railroading....This is an excellent book that should appeal to anyone interested in railroads.”
 — Railfan & Railroad

“It's [Middleton's] ability to clearly explain the intricacies of civil engineering to a general-interest audience that really makes Landmarks on the Iron Road soar. . . . a must-read for anyone touched by the greatness of railroading.”
 — Trains

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 - Across the Waters
Chapter 2 - Across Great Mountains
Chapter 3 - Railroads Below Ground
Chapter 4 - Yards, Docks and Terminals
Chapter 5 - Lost Landmarks

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