Picture vast areas of burning sand and hot rock--uninhabited terrain teeming with cactus. Now picture today’s fast, colorful trains traveling through this beautiful but harsh landscape. This new book is a dramatic winner in every respect! In this deluxe 172-page coffee table volume, author/photographer Steve Schmollinger has assembled a large variety of spectacular modern-day images of railroading in the desert. He has included a range of states, of railroads both large and small, and trains hauling everything from general merchandise, to unit coal trains, to container and inter-modal trains. With detailed historical commentary to help understand present-day railroading in the West, Desert Railroading is a colorful tribute to past, present and future railroads that serve this region. Hardcover, six compelling chapters, 157 dramatic color photos, 11½ x 10", complete index.
Maine is populated with intriguing characters who set in motion a fascinating, compelling story of railroads and the unique communities they helped to build. One of the first states to build railroads and trolleys in the United States, Maine at one point had more than ninety communities with trolleys. Standard-gauge and "two-footers" crossed the state, including the St. Lawrence & Atlantic and the Bangor & Aroostook. From an international electric trolley to the attempted World War I dynamiting of a railroad bridge between the United States and Canada, the state is home to a rich rail heritage. Join Bill Kenny as he takes you on a journey from the first tracks made of wood to today's high-speed Downeaster Amtrak train.
Learn how to construct the most common forms of scenery: mountains, deserts, rural areas, and city scenes. This book provides essential scenery tips and techniques through highly detailed photos and step-by-step instructions.
"A Natural History of the Sonoran Desert provides the most complete collection of Sonoran Desert natural history information ever compiled and is a perfect introduction to this biologically rich desert of North America."--BOOK JACKET.
Lavishly illustrated and a joy to read, this authoritative reference work on the North American continent’s railroads covers the U.S., Canadian, Mexican, Central American, and Cuban systems. The encyclopedia’s over-arching theme is the evolution of the railroad industry and the historical impact of its progress on the North American continent. This thoroughly researched work examines the various aspects of the industry’s development: technology, operations, cultural impact, the evolution of public policy regarding the industry, and the structural functioning of modern railroads. More than 500 alphabetical entries cover a myriad of subjects, including numerous entries profiling the principal companies, suppliers, manufacturers, and individuals influencing the history of the rails. Extensive appendices provide data regarding weight, fuel, statistical trends, and more, as well as a list of 130 vital railroad books. Railfans will treasure this indispensable work.
The austere landscape of the Great Basin has inspired diverse responses from the people who have moved through or settled in it. Author Richard V. Francaviglia is interested in the connection between environment and spirituality in the Great Basin, for here, he says, "faith and landscape conspire to resurrect old myths and create new ones." As a geographer, Francaviglia knows that place means more than physical space. Human perceptions and interpretations are what give place its meaning. In Believing in Place, he examines the varying human perceptions of and relationships with the Great Basin landscape, from the region's Native American groups to contemporary tourists and politicians, to determine the spiritual issues that have shaped our connections with this place. In doing so, he considers the creation and flood myths of several cultures, the impact of the Judeo-Christian tradition and individualism, Native American animism and shamanist traditions, the Mormon landscape, the spiritual dimensions of gambling, the religious foundations of Cold War ideology, stories of UFOs and alien presence, and the convergence of science and spirituality. Believing in Place is a profound and totally engaging reflection on the ways that human needs and spiritual traditions can shape our perceptions of the land. That the Great Basin has inspired such a complex variety of responses is partly due to its enigmatic vastness and isolation, partly to the remarkable range of peoples who have found themselves in the region. Using not only the materials of traditional geography but folklore, anthropology, Native American and Euro-American religion, contemporary politics, and New Age philosophies, Francaviglia has produced a fascinating and timely investigation of the role of human conceptions of place in that space we call the Great Basin.
Build a detailed HO layout with mountain and desert scenes! Model Railroader magazine contributor Pelle K. Søeborg teaches you innovative ways to scratchbuild modern businesses, replicate scenery, paint backdrops, and weather cars in this packed and practical guide. How-to topics include building tunnel entrances, constructing basic terrain with Styrofoam, installing a truss bridge, choosing scenery materials, ballasting track, painting a backdrop, and many more.
The American West and Its Disappearing Water, Revised Edition
Author: Marc Reisner
Category: Technology & Engineering
"The definitive work on the West's water crisis." --Newsweek The story of the American West is the story of a relentless quest for a precious resource: water. It is a tale of rivers diverted and dammed, of political corruption and intrigue, of billion-dollar battles over water rights, of ecological and economic disaster. In his landmark book, Cadillac Desert, Marc Reisner writes of the earliest settlers, lured by the promise of paradise, and of the ruthless tactics employed by Los Angeles politicians and business interests to ensure the city's growth. He documents the bitter rivalry between two government giants, the Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in the competition to transform the West. Based on more than a decade of research, Cadillac Desert is a stunning expose and a dramatic, intriguing history of the creation of an Eden--an Eden that may only be a mirage. This edition includes a new postscript by Lawrie Mott, a former staff scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council, that updates Western water issues over the last two decades, including the long-term impact of climate change and how the region can prepare for the future.
You'll appreciate the simple tips and techniques, detailed photos, diagrams, and drawings provided by the editors of Model Railroader magazine. Includes information on locomotive maintenance, painting and weathering, wiring, and much more.
This book explores eight railroads and subways that are lifelines for transportation in the U.S., but are overloaded and often falling apart. Whether its Bostons T, Washington D.C.s Metro, the crescent Corridor railroad route, or a Desert Line railroad running from the U.S. into Mexico, these pieces of infrastructure are very important to the entire country, but need emergency repairs and expansion right now.
Includes easy-to-follow instructions for constructing moderately sized (approximately 4' x 8') N or HO scale model railroads from benchwork through finished scenery. Ideal for novice model railroaders or experienced hobbyists interested in exploring other scales. From the pages of Model Railroader magazine.