Landmarks on the Iron Road (Paperback)

Two Centuries of North American Railroad Engineering (Railroads Past and Present)

By William D. Middleton

Indiana University Press, 9780253223609, 194pp.

Publication Date: December 23, 2011

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American civil engineers were unsurpassed in their ability to build railroads over great distances and across high mountain passes, to erect great bridges, or to bore tunnels of prodigious length. This is a remarkable story of the application of engineering to the building of a transportation system that civilized and settled America, and then supported an industrial revolution and created a world power.

About the Author

William D. Middleton (1928-2011) is the author of more than 20 books and many hundreds of articles on rail transportation, engineering, and travel topics. He is editor (with George M. Smerk and Roberta L. Diehl) of Encyclopedia of North American Railroads (IUP, 2007) and co-author of Frank Julian Sprague: Electrical Inventor and Engineer (IUP, 2009).