A rare collection of 126 meticulously detailed official photographs, called "builder portraits," of American locomotives that majestically chronicle the rise of steam locomotive power in America. Railroading expert Ziel's introduction and captions provide readers with a brief history of railroading in America, the art of the builder portrait and key details on each locomotive depicted.
Fascinating text-and-photo documentary details economic, social upheaval following inauguration of Long Island Rail Road's service in 1844. 225 rare photos provide splendid views of early coaches, locomotives, snow-removal operations, stations, passengers, crew, much more. Extensive captions.