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Pacific Slope Railroads From 1854 to 1900 George B. Abdill

Pacific Slope Railroads From 1854 to 1900

George B. Abdill

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It has been 64 years since old Engine No. 1 of the San Francisco & San Joaquin Valley Railroad panted in from a thirty-five mile an hour flight over the windswept sands and had its picture taken. But to untold thousands the day might have beenMoreIt has been 64 years since old Engine No. 1 of the San Francisco & San Joaquin Valley Railroad panted in from a thirty-five mile an hour flight over the windswept sands and had its picture taken. But to untold thousands the day might have been last week. In the minds of such enthusiasts steam railroads live in lively imagination forever.After the hearty welcome of Geo. B. Abdill’s first picture history, “This Was Railroading,” the author turns to the fortunes and fates of the railroads of the Old West. Drivers pound, steam hisses and smoke streams out of diamond stacks as the Central Pacific conquers the Sierra Mountains, the Union Pacific pushes west from the Rockies, the Utah & Northern operates in Mormon territory, short line and logging roads feed traffic into Pacific Coast terminals.Abdill has supplemented his own vast collection of railroadiana, by additions from other famous collections and from the private files of many of the old railroads themselves, and now he shares this superb combination with the reader.To the clank of link and pin, the pages of “Pacific Slope Railroads” carry the reader from Canada to Mexico alongside Engineer Abdill in the old wooden cabs. The little old trains bowl and buck over the plains, up and down the trial-and-error mountain grades, crawl brave¬ly up timbered slopes into the fir, pine and redwood hinterland. Here in all their nostalgic glory is everything but the sound of them—two dozen journeys into yesterday over the rails that built the ‘West and kept it booming.A PICTORIAL MUSEUM OF THESE RAILROADSAstoria & Columbia River San Francisco &Atchison Topeka & Santa FeAtlantic & PacificBellingham Bay &British ColumbiaCalifornia PacificCentral PacificColumbia & Puget SoundF. C. deSonoraLa Jolla, San Diego & ArizonaMcCloud RiverNavigation CompanyNevada County Narrow GaugeOregon Railway &S P of ArizonaSacramento ValleySan Joaquin ValleySouth Pacific CoastTonopah & TidewaterUnion PacificUtah & NorthernUtah CentralUtah Southernand many more