Rival Rails

Rival Rails

The Race to Build America's Greatest Transcontinental Railroad

Streaming Audiobook - 2010
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The driving of the golden spike at Promontory Summit, which marked the completion of the country's first transcontinental railroad, was only the beginning of the race for railroad dominance. In the aftermath of this building feat, dozens of railroads, each with aggressive empire builders at their helms, raced one another for the ultimate prize of a southern transcontinental route that was generally free of snow, shorter in distance, and gentler in gradients.More than just a means of transportation, the railroads were a powerful mold, and the presence of a rail line had the power to make-or break-the fledgling towns and cities across the newborn American West. While much has been written about the building of the first transcontinental railroad, the bulk of the history of the railroads in the United States has been largely ignored. With a meticulous, loving eye, Walter Borneman picks up where most other histories leave off.
Publisher: [United States] : Tantor Audio : Made available through hoopla, 2010
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781400197682
Branch Call Number: E-AUDIOBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (900 min.)) : digital


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Jun 20, 2017

A solid recounting of the history of railroading in the United States, a bit sparse on the earliest rail construction along the Eastern Seaboard, but very detailed concerning the drive for transcontinental railroads and railroad building and operation out west.


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