A Railroad Atlas of the United States in 1946

A Railroad Atlas of the United States in 1946

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Driving across Iowa nowadays, one sees acres and acres of flat cornfields and hears little but the leaves stirring. But in the golden age of railroading, tracks crisscrossed the prairies and steam engines thundered by, carrying goods and people across the country. The sounds of the train could be heard for milesa€”the clickety-clack of the jointed rails and the haunting call of the steam whistle. The fifth volume of A Railroad Atlas of the United States in 1946 provides a comprehensive record of the railroad system as it existed in Iowa and Minnesota in 1946a€”the apex of America's post-war rail network, when steam locomotives still dominated and passenger trains stopped at towns all along the rail lines. Eventually railroad mergers, the automobile, and the airplane changed what many viewed as the world's premier rail system. Richard C. Carpenter's hand-drawn color maps depict in precise detail the various trunk and secondary railroad lines that served scores of towns while indicating such features as long-since-demolished coaling stations, towns that functioned solely as places where crews were changed, tunnels, viaducts, and especially interlocking stations. In Volume 5, Carpenter traces every rail line from Thief River Falls, Minnesota, to Keokuk, Iowa. In this region seven railroads of the eastern network merged at Council Bluffs, Iowa, into the Union Pacific, the first transcontinental line to the Pacific Ocean. In Minnesota, the primary rail routes to the Pacific northwesta€”the Great Northern and the Northern Pacifica€”ran westward from Minneapolisa€“Saint Paul.Marathon, Iowa: At Marathon, the Milwaukee Road installed an automatic interlocking in 1927. ... In 1920, both locations were protected by manual interlockings. 63. Fort Dodge, Iowa: An automatic interlocking was installed at Luverne in 1930 by the Minneapolis aamp; St. Louis at its crossing with the Chicago aamp; North Western.

Title:A Railroad Atlas of the United States in 1946
Author:Richard C. Carpenter
Publisher:JHU Press - 2013-10-17


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