The American Railroad Freight Car by John H. White:
Soft Cover, Excelllent condition, Used, read, binding tight. If you want to know about anything involving early American freight equipment this is the source..
"The American Railroad Freight Car" is subtitled "From the Wood-Car Era to the Coming of Steel", was written by John H. White, Jr. and was copyrighted in 1993 by The John Hopkins University Press in Baltimore, Maryland. This book is a "John Hopkins paperback edition, 1995". The Preface say, "I must make it clear that this is a hardware study. Its central mission is to explain the principal types of freight cars used on American railways from 1830 to about 1910. The materials and construction techniques employed are important secondary themes. The basic arrangement of the book is a simple breakdown of cars by type of service.
The Author started his research in 1958 with initial publication not acheived until 1993 (hard cover) and this edition in 1995 (soft cover).
The book "forever changes the freight car's lowly image...Including hundreds of historical photographs and detailed blueprints...establishes the sophistication and expertise that marked the development of freight cars in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries...Along with an overview of freight transportation's historical importance". The book is well illustrated with black and white photographs, line drawings, maps or advertisements on most pages.
It is a well researched book - note that the Appendix contains a nine page Biographical Sketches of Railroad Car Builders, a four page Chronology, nineteen pages of Notes and a ten page Index. It has a softcover, no dust cover, carries ISBN 0-8018-5236-6, is a giant of a book measuring 10 by 12 1/2 by1 1/2 inches, weighs about five pounds and is 644 pages long.
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