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RR history buffs?

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IaLeo

11-27-2012 11:07:04




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Years back I read a RR history about the RR pushing westward. I remembered the title as "bright and shining path or way" but googling that now gets nothing about RRs. Does anyone remember that book? Thanks
Leo




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Bendee

11-27-2012 20:50:34




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 Re: RR history buffs? in reply to IaLeo, 11-27-2012 11:07:04  
Saw the TV piece.Gelignite not too effective in the rockies so changed to Nitro, many workers were blown up mostly Chinese.



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JerryS

11-27-2012 17:20:01




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 Re: RR history buffs? in reply to IaLeo, 11-27-2012 11:07:04  
Most of us have probably seen the famous Hill painting of the driving of the last spike joining the east-west at Promontory Point. A less famous, but my favorite, painting of the scene was on the cover of MAD Magazine back in (1969?). It showed the two sets of rails coming together, but they were about four feet off the mark. Only one rail met. Alfred E. Newman was wielding the hammer, of course.

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Dean

11-27-2012 18:26:20




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 Re: RR history buffs? in reply to JerryS, 11-27-2012 17:20:01  
I've actually seen that.

It must have been a government project.

Dean



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IaLeo

11-27-2012 17:13:54




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 Re: RR history buffs? in reply to IaLeo, 11-27-2012 11:07:04  
I just read an interesting reprint of a book written on RR from 1830 to about 1900 called "The American Railway" 456pages by Thomas Curtis Clarke.
The fascination was with the writer's pride/view of RR in their heyday.
Leo



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Tony in Mass.

11-27-2012 15:52:33




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 Re: RR history buffs? in reply to IaLeo, 11-27-2012 11:07:04  
When you remember the exact name, check abebooks.com or alibris.com. They aren't as popular as once, but the mustie old railroad coffee table books are offered up on used book sites like those. There must have been 200 books on the first transcontinental lines. I think the second- SP of Arizona/ ATSF, and the last, Grand Trunk Pacific, were much more interesting, just as romantic- just less historic. No movies on them either..

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Dean

11-27-2012 11:51:31




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 Re: RR history buffs? in reply to IaLeo, 11-27-2012 11:07:04  
I have a copy (at home) of a book about the building of the transcontinental railroad that was published about 15 years ago.

IIRC, it is entitled Empire Builders, and is a good read.

If interested, I can check the title tomorrow.

Dean



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Bob M

11-27-2012 12:43:13




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 Re: RR history buffs? in reply to Dean, 11-27-2012 11:51:31  
Quoting Removed, click Modern View to see

You're probably thinking of "Empire Express - Building the First Transcontinental Railroad" by David Hayward Bain. It is a somewhat scholarly work - it contains nearly 100 pages of footnotes/bibliography at the end. It is however an altogether fascinating read.

As Ultradog mentions Ambrose' "Nothing Like It In The World" is also good. Historians claim it was not thoroughly researched and contains some minor factual errors. But it is still very much worth the time.

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Dean

11-27-2012 16:07:15




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 Re: RR history buffs? in reply to Bob M, 11-27-2012 12:43:13  
I believe that's it, Bob.

Dean



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IaLeo

11-27-2012 12:10:32




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 Re: RR history buffs? in reply to Dean, 11-27-2012 11:51:31  
I would appreciate that lookup. Thanks



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Dean

11-27-2012 23:15:52




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 Re: RR history buffs? in reply to IaLeo, 11-27-2012 12:10:32  
Bob M is correct. It is, indeed, The Empire Express.

It it a very good read.

Dean



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Dean

11-27-2012 12:12:43




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 Re: RR history buffs? in reply to IaLeo, 11-27-2012 12:10:32  
OK. I'll check when I get home but it will be very late.

Dean



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Ultradog MN

11-27-2012 11:28:35




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 Re: RR history buffs? in reply to IaLeo, 11-27-2012 11:07:04  
"Nothing like it in the world"
By Stephen Ambrose
I found it years ago at a library sale for a dollar.
Great read - as is anything by Ambrose.



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Deere Scotty

11-27-2012 11:22:26




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 Re: RR history buffs? in reply to IaLeo, 11-27-2012 11:07:04  
I am sort of a buff; cant remember that title. Might try e-bay. I had relatives that worked for the "Monon" railroad in Indiana. Monon RR Society has a fantastic website called "By gone places of the Monon". It is probably one of the top 3 if not the best historical website put out by fans, & followers. Thousands of photographs from the 1850's to present.

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