Re: Railroad History

Charlie Vlk

One of the top books on my list is David Leider's "The Wisconsin Central in Illinois". It is mostly pre-1900 in scope.

Even if you are not a Soo Line fan, it covers a huge amount of Chicago railroad history beyond the primary subject of the WC and C&NP. The book covers the financial,
political, business, economic, geographic, engineering, and social aspects of the building of the WC into Chicago and has great documentation from primary sources,
newspaper and trade journals of the time, and a nice range of photos, maps and other illustrations to support the text.

Charlie Vlk

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From: richtownsend@...
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Sent: Friday, October 08, 2010 3:21 PM
Subject: [STMFC] Railroad History

A discussion on another list got me thinking. What are the best steam era railroad history books? Having just picked up the new edition of the Raton Pass book I think that is one of the best I have seen. Lots of steam era freight cars, and good, well-written history.

Richard Townsend
Lincoln City, Oregon

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