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Title:
Working steam : vintage locomotives today
Author:
Halberstadt, Hans.
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Publication Information:
New York : MetroBooks, 1999.
Physical Description:
120 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 30 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9781567997392

9781567997767
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Book

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Summary

All aboard, for an entrancing trip to the past that still lives on. Nearly 1,400 restored steam locomotives exist in North America today, and an amazing 300 or so of those are still active. More than 100 stirring color photos present a unique tribute to these living, working remnants of a golden age gone by. Once upon a time, these trains tore through the landscape with thundering frequency, leaving billowing clouds of steam as they made their way across valleys and mountains. By the 1950s their day had passed, but even so, many of these iron dinosaurs were saved, and later resurrected, rebuilt, and refurbished. Archival and new images take you on a journey on tiny little switchers, giant 4-8-4 Northerns, a huge 4-6-6-4 Challenger, and the legendary Union Pacific Railroad's huge locomotive: No. 844. Making the voyage even more enjoyable: fascinating first-hand accounts of life on the rails from modern-day firemen and engineers.


Author Notes

Hans Halberstadt is a documentary filmmaker and military historian. Born in 1944, at age 18 he served in the U.S. Army as a helicopter door gunner in Vietnam. He returned home to earn a B.A. in Radio/Television/Film from San Francisco State University in 1968, and owned a film studio, Very Moving Pictures, in San Jose, California in the 1970s.

Halberstadt is best known for more than 35 non-fiction books, many on special operations, with titles such as Inside the US Navy SEALs (1995), War Stories of the Green Berets: The Vietnam Experience (1994), and Swat Team: Police Special Weapons And Tactics (1994). He has also written on farm and transportation equipment, including Indian Motorcycles (1996, with Jerry H. Hatfield) and The American Train Depot & Roundhouse (1995, with wife April Halberstadt

(Bowker Author Biography)


Hans Halberstadt is a documentary filmmaker and military historian. Born in 1944, at age 18 he served in the U.S. Army as a helicopter door gunner in Vietnam. He returned home to earn a B.A. in Radio/Television/Film from San Francisco State University in 1968, and owned a film studio, Very Moving Pictures, in San Jose, California in the 1970s.

Halberstadt is best known for more than 35 non-fiction books, many on special operations, with titles such as Inside the US Navy SEALs (1995), War Stories of the Green Berets: The Vietnam Experience (1994), and Swat Team: Police Special Weapons And Tactics (1994). He has also written on farm and transportation equipment, including Indian Motorcycles (1996, with Jerry H. Hatfield) and The American Train Depot & Roundhouse (1995, with wife April Halberstadt

(Bowker Author Biography)