The Illinois Railroads: The History of the Rails that Connect the Heart of the Midwest - PDF free download eBook

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Includes pictures Includes online resources and a bibliography for further reading Includes a table of contents "Chicago, mistress of the lakes, Controller of our inland trade, The freest city...

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Original Title
The Illinois Railroads: The History of the Rails that Connect the Heart of the Midwest
Edition Format
Kindle Edition
Number of Pages
50 pages
Book Language
English
Ebook Format
PDF, EPUB

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Includes pictures Includes online resources and a bibliography for further reading Includes a table of contents "Chicago, mistress of the lakes, Controller of our inland trade, The freest city of our states, What wondrous strides thy fame has made!" - Charles Frederick White, "To Chicago" When people think of trains, many conjure up visions of Amtrak, with dining cars and slee Includes pictures Includes online resources and a bibliography for further reading Includes a table of contents "Chicago, mistress of the lakes, Controller of our inland trade, The freest city of our states, What wondrous strides thy fame has made!" - Charles Frederick White, "To Chicago" When people think of trains, many conjure up visions of Amtrak, with dining cars and sleeper cars. Some think of the song "The Train They Call the City of New Orleans". Plenty remember counting railcars as children, and some probably still do that as the cars clickety-clack past a railroad crossing with its flashing red lights, all along pondering what might be in those massive teetering railcars as they snake slowly through the city or across the wide-open prairie on slivers of steel.

But, Amtrak did not exist until May 1, 1971 when Congress passed the Rail Passenger Service Act of 1970, establishing the National Railroad Passenger Corporation. Railroads were not created for the purpose of moving people. Railroads were created more than a century ago for transporting goods.

Today, there are 48 separate railroads operating throughout just the state of Illinois. Initially, railroads were built a few miles at a time, connecting with waterways and primarily for the transportation of coal. It took decades for these railroads to interconnect.

For decades, railroads have been disappearing from the American landscape. The trains that do exist are faster, fewer and a whole new breed. Trains are unlikely to disappear across Illinois, even though mile after mile of railroad track continues to be converted to hiking trails.

The reason? Coal. The Illinois Railroads: The History and Construction of the Rails that Connect the Heart of the Midwest looks at the building of the state's rail system and its importance.

Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about the Illinois railroads like never before, in no time at all.


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