“Few American chroniclers of the international railroad scene have shown the versatility and insight of William D. Middleton. As an author and a photographer (not to mention a professional engineer), he demonstrated an uncanny ability to connect all the dots in railroading, from all corners of the world. In this book he does it with an inimitable personal touch.”
— Kevin P. Keefe, Publisher, Classic Trains magazine
“William D. Middleton will go down as the only producer of popular railroad history
. . . who was able to present such a broad coverage of railways during
To my way of thinking, there has never been a person with his wide range of
talents (as a researcher, writer, and photographer), his personal discipline to be a
steady producer of historical publications, and his unrivaled zeal to record railroad
activity in interesting spots around the globe. Many have excelled in one or even
two of these categories, but no one has ever come close to his overall record.
It will take a generation for the breadth, depth, and significance of his total
contribution to be appreciated.
— J. Parker Lamb, Author of Railroads of Meridian (IUP, 2012)