Cover image for Iron horses : the illustrated history of the tracks and trains of North America
Iron horses : the illustrated history of the tracks and trains of North America
Del Vecchio, Michael J.
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Publication Information:
Philadelphia : Courage Books, 2001.

Physical Description:
176 pages : color illustrations ; 31 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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TF22 .D45 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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The steam railways that traversed North America now function primarily as history museums, but at one time they provided vital transportation for the United States and Canada. This grand tribute to the glory days of the steam-powered "Iron Horses" takes the reader on a sentimental journey to scenic railroads around the country, from the Union Pacific to the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and dozens more historic sites.

Author Notes

Michael Del Vecchio is one of North America's best known and most respected railroad writers and photographers. For ten years he was an associate editor of Railfan & Railroad magazine. In 1996, both Railway Age and Railway Track & Structures drafted him as an editor. His pictures and writings have appeared in every major railroad magazine in North America, and in magazines all over the world. His previous books include Railroads Across America and contributions to The New Book of Knowledge . Since 1998, Michael has been a railroad industry consultant and freelance photojournalist. As a consultant, he helps short line railroads with marketing and operational issues, and he works with the motion picture industry locating railway equipment and backdrops. He is also a working railroader, employed by a freight hauling short line near his home. Michael presides over the largest railroad historical society in northern New Jersey and is a member of several other rail history groups across the United States.