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Books about trains and railroads
Mount Royal Tunnel

Mount Royal Tunnel

edition:Paperback
also available: Hardcover

An illustrated history of the electrified railway tunnel and station complex still serving Montreal.

This story had its start in the pre-World War I railway building boom, when Canadian Northern Railway set out to provide Canadians with competition to the Canadian Pacific and Grand Trunk railways. Since those competitors had already established entries into Montreal from the east, west, and south, CNoR decided that entering downtown from the north, even though a four-mile tunnel through Mount Roy …

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Canadian National Steam Volume 7

Canadian National Steam Volume 7

Mountain, Noerthern Types and Central Vermont
edition:Paperback
tagged : history

The subsequent roster volumes contain the individual locomotive rosters by CNR classes according to similar or related wheel arrangements (including Newfoundland and the Central Vermont). Every steam locomotive is listed, and the roster provides all the information you'd ever want to know (and then some), including build data, ownership history, appliance history, class notes.

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Trouble on the Tracks

Trouble on the Tracks

Grand Trunk Railway of New England Tragedies
edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback
tagged : history

In the 1850s, Grand Trunk Railway, later Canadian National, was one of New England’s and Canada’s most important and heavily travelled railway lines. It linked Canada’s metropolis, Montreal – through Vermont and New Hampshire – with the nearest ice-free port at Portland, Maine. Despite constant upgrading, accidents did occur, some of them catastrophic. With details about four dozen such tragedies, you’ll learn what happened when people, vehicles, or nature decided to duel with a full …

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End of the Line

End of the Line

The 1857 Train Wreck at the Desjardins Canal Bridge
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook

Sixty people died in 1857, leaving behind their stories and the tales of those involved.

In 1857, the Desjardins Canal bridge collapsed under a Toronto-to-Hamilton train, creating one of the worst railway wrecks in North American history. Sixty lives, including that of the main contractor, were lost. The story of how the Great Western Railway was conceived, where it was located, and how it was constructed is replete with high irony covering political intrigue, commercial skullduggery, and bold e …

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Ghost Tracks:

Surprising Stories of the Supernatural on Rails
edition:Hardcover
tagged : history

Nova Scotia's Celtic heritage makes the province fertile ground for stories of 'ghoulies and ghosties, and long-leggedy beasties, and things that go bump in the night,' but until Ghost Tracks, very few of these stories involved the railways that once criss-crossed the land.This work — the fifth book by railway historian Jay Underwood — is the first to focus upon the often bizarre events that occurred to fuel the fears and suspicions of railway employees. These hard-bitten veterans of foul we …

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