The World the Trains Made: A Century of Great Railroad Architecture in the United States and Canada
James D. DiltsCloth: $50.00
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|Cloth Publication Date:||09/25/2018|
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The World the Trains Made presents one hundred specimens of railroad architecture, from terminals and trestles to roundhouses and workers’ tenements. The photographs are splendid and so is the writing; Dilts may have set out to write an informative history but he has given us something even better, a poignant and unforgettable love letter to the train station.
--Michael J. Lewis, author of Frank Furness: Architecture and the Violent Mind and American Art and Architecture
The Dilts tour-deeply informed and beautifully illustrated-takes us across North America to marvel at all the ways the railroads shaped our nation. What an inspiring and delightful book!
--Jill Jonnes, author of Conquering Gotham: A Gilded Age Epic-The Construction of Penn Station and Its Tunnels
A superb work on the history of railroad architecture in its broadest sense. . . . A classic of railroad historical literature.
--Robert M. Vogel, curator emeritus of mechanical and civil engineering, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Dilts has imaginatively fashioned a different type of railroad book. His focus is on an array of existing American and Canadian railroad and railroad-related structures, ranging from urban terminals and train sheds to hotels and monuments. Dilts has created a masterpiece with his superb narrative and selection of illustrations. . . . A must for anyone who wishes to understand and to explore the North American landscape of the railway age.
--H. Roger Grant, Clemson University
Over the course of a century, industrialists, engineers, architects, and laborers created a robust material culture to support rail transportation and its passengers. Dilts’ book comprehensively documents that lost world and the history from which today’s North America emerged.
--Jeremy Kargon, Morgan State University
JAMES D. DILTS, a railroad and architectural historian, is a former reporter for the Baltimore Sun, where he covered housing and transportation. His previous books include The Great Road: The Building of the Baltimore and Ohio, the Nation’s First Railroad, 1828–1853; A Guide to Baltimore Architecture (with John R. Dorsey); and Baltimore’s Cast-Iron Buildings and Architectural Ironwork (with Catharine F. Black). He wrote the entries “Architecture” and “Workers’ Housing” in the Encyclopedia of North American Railroads.