Saturday, March 20, 2010

new book on the Union Pacific

This latest in Motorbook International's historical-pictorial overviews of American railways covers the Union Pacific, created by an Act of Congress in 1862 for the transcontinental railroad and now the only US class 1 railroad operating under its original name, although mergers and acquisitions over the last 50 years means it is today much bigger, operating over 50,000 route km. Not only that, it is the largest property owner west of the Mississippi River and the second largest land owner in the USA after the Federal Government.

As with the other books in the series it is glossy and colourful, mentioning all the significant events and aspects of its history, concentrating on pictures without going into great text detail in the 160 pages, necessarily because of the economics of achieving a modest selling price. This and other books on railways around the world are in our online shop.

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