Iowa's Railroads

Iowa's Railroads

An Album
Distribution: World
Publication date: 06/01/2009
Format: Paperback 461 b&w photos, 6 maps
ISBN: 978-0-253-22073-8
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At one point in time, no place in Iowa was more than a few miles from an active line of rail track. In this splendid companion volume to Steel Trails of Hawkeyeland (IUP, 2005), H. Roger Grant and Don L. Hofsommer explore the pivotal role that railroads played in the urban development of the state as well as the symbiotic relationship Iowa and its rails shared. With more than 400 black-and-white photographs, a solid inventory of depots and locations, and new information that is sure to impress even the most well-versed railfan, this detailed history of the state's railroads—including the Chicago & North Western, Cedar Rapids & Iowa City, and the Iowa Northern—will be an essential reference for railroad fans and historians, artists, and model railroad builders.

Author Bio

H. Roger Grant is Kathryn and Calhoun Lemon Professor of History at Clemson University. He is author of 25 books, including Visionary Railroader (IUP, 2008). Grant has written company histories of the Chicago & North Western, the Chicago Great Western, the Erie Lackawanna, the Georgia & Florida, and the Wabash railroads. He lives in Central, South Carolina.

Don L. Hofsommer is Professor of History at St. Cloud State University and president of the Lexington Group. He is author of Katy Northwest (IUP, 1999) and Steel Trails of Hawkeyeland (IUP, 2005). A native of Iowa, he now resides in St. Cloud, Minnesota.


When two masters of railroad history combine talents in one book, they provide readers an undeniable treat. Grant and Hofsommer's complementary combination of visual and verbal text results in a very evocative and highly appealing study.Don L. Hofsommer and H. Roger Grant have assembled a remarkable photo album, one that illustrates and complements the Iowa railroad story with more than 400 photographs and drawings of extraordinary diversity. These splendidly chosen photographs should set a new high standard for similar railroad histories.Authors Grant and Hofsommer have teamed up to publish this excellent photographic account of Iowa's railroads . . . a must for any enthusiast's shelves.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Age of Steam
Chapter 2: Under the Wire
Chapter 3: Down at the Depot
Chapter 4: Shipping by Rail
Chapter 5: Working on the Railroad
Chapter 6: Diesel Revolution
Chapter 7: In Recent Times