|Primary Format: Cloth|
|Size:||8.5 x 11 in.|
|Subject(s):||Architecture and Design|
The World the Trains Made: A Century of Great Railroad Architecture in the United States and Canada
James D. DiltsCloth: $50.00
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.