Spike 150

May 10th marks the 150th anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad's completion, marked by the Golden Spike Ceremony.  Celebrate this occasion by reading one of these great books about the history of US railroads.

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Title Author Cover
Brotherhoods of color : black railroad workers and the struggle for equality Eric Arnesen Brotherhoods of color : black railroad workers and the struggle for equality cover image
The historical guide to North American railroads The historical guide to North American railroads cover image
Empire express : building the first transcontinental railroad David Haward Bain Empire express : building the first transcontinental railroad cover image
The story of America's railroads Ray Spangenburg The story of America's railroads cover image
Baltimore & Ohio's Capitol Limited and National Limited Joe Welsh Baltimore & Ohio's Capitol Limited and National Limited cover image
The Lionel legend Robert Schleicher The Lionel legend cover image
A most magnificent machine : America adopts the railroad, 1825-1862 H Craig Miner A most magnificent machine : America adopts the railroad, 1825-1862 cover image
Early American railroads : Franz Anton Ritter von Gerstner's Die innern Communicationen (1842-1843) Franz Anton Gerstner Early American railroads : Franz Anton Ritter von Gerstner's Die innern Communicationen (1842-1843) cover image
American railroads : decline and renaissance in the twentieth century Robert E Gallamore American railroads : decline and renaissance in the twentieth century cover image
Rival rails : the race to build America's greatest transcontinental railroad Walter R Borneman Rival rails : the race to build America's greatest transcontinental railroad cover image
Getting there : the epic struggle between road and rail in the American century Stephen B Goddard Getting there : the epic struggle between road and rail in the American century cover image
Commodore : the life of Cornelius Vanderbilt Edward Renehan Commodore : the life of Cornelius Vanderbilt cover image
Classic Lionel trains Gerry Souter Classic Lionel trains cover image
Handbook to life in America. Volume V, The age of reform, 1890 to 1920 Handbook to life in America. Volume V, The age of reform, 1890 to 1920 cover image
The Robber barons : [the classic account of the influential capitalist who transformed America's future] Matthew Josephson The Robber barons : [the classic account of the influential capitalist who transformed America's future] cover image
Pennsylvania railroad Mike Schafer Pennsylvania railroad cover image
Train time : railroads and the imminent reshaping of the United States landscape John R Stilgoe Train time : railroads and the imminent reshaping of the United States landscape cover image
The American toy train Gerry Souter The American toy train cover image
American railroad labor and the genesis of the New Deal, 1919-1935 Jon R Huibregtse American railroad labor and the genesis of the New Deal, 1919-1935 cover image
Railroads across North America : an illustrated history Claude A Wiatrowski Railroads across North America : an illustrated history cover image
The associates : four capitalists who created California Richard Rayner The associates : four capitalists who created California cover image
Harriman vs. Hill : Wall Street's great railroad war Larry Haeg Harriman vs. Hill : Wall Street's great railroad war cover image
The life & legend of E.H. Harriman Maury Klein The life & legend of E.H. Harriman cover image
Railroads of the Civil War : an illustrated history Michael Leavy Railroads of the Civil War : an illustrated history cover image
The Transcontinental Railroad : the gateway to the West Edward Renehan The Transcontinental Railroad : the gateway to the West cover image
Unfinished business : the railroad in American life Maury Klein Unfinished business : the railroad in American life cover image
The transcontinental railroad Thomas Streissguth The transcontinental railroad cover image
Iron rails, iron men, and the race to link the nation : the story of the transcontinental railroad Martin W Sandler Iron rails, iron men, and the race to link the nation : the story of the transcontinental railroad cover image
Trains across the continent : North American Railroad history Rudolph L Daniels Trains across the continent : North American Railroad history cover image
Dining on the B&O : recipes and sidelights from a bygone age Thomas J Greco Dining on the B&O : recipes and sidelights from a bygone age cover image
Nothing like it in the world : the men who built the transcontinental railroad, 1863-1869 Stephen E Ambrose Nothing like it in the world : the men who built the transcontinental railroad, 1863-1869 cover image
The American journey : images of railroading during the Depression Mark S Vandercook The American journey : images of railroading during the Depression cover image
The American passenger train. The American passenger train. cover image
Rock Island requiem : the collapse of a mighty fine line Gregory L Schneider Rock Island requiem : the collapse of a mighty fine line cover image
The heritage of North American steam railroads : from the first days of steam power to the present Brian Solomon The heritage of North American steam railroads : from the first days of steam power to the present cover image
Tracks across America : the story of the American railroad, 1825-1900 : with photographs, maps, and drawings Leonard Everett Fisher Tracks across America : the story of the American railroad, 1825-1900 : with photographs, maps, and drawings cover image
Outbound trains : in the era before the mergers Jim Boyd Outbound trains : in the era before the mergers cover image
When the railroad leaves town : American communities in the age of rail line abandonment Joseph P Schwieterman When the railroad leaves town : American communities in the age of rail line abandonment cover image
The edge of anarchy : the railroad barons, the Gilded Age, and the greatest labor uprising in America Jack Kelly The edge of anarchy : the railroad barons, the Gilded Age, and the greatest labor uprising in America cover image
The complete book of North American railroading The complete book of North American railroading cover image
The great railroad revolution : the history of trains in America Christian Wolmar The great railroad revolution : the history of trains in America cover image
Railroaded : the transcontinentals and the making of modern America Richard White Railroaded : the transcontinentals and the making of modern America cover image
Passage to Union : how the railroads transformed American life, 1829-1929 Sarah Gordon Passage to Union : how the railroads transformed American life, 1829-1929 cover image
Rails across America : a history of rairoads in North America Rails across America : a history of rairoads in North America cover image
Villard : the life and times of an American titan Alexandra Villard De Borchgrave Villard : the life and times of an American titan cover image
The Transcontinental Railroad : a primary source history of America's first coast-to-coast railroad Gillian Houghton The Transcontinental Railroad : a primary source history of America's first coast-to-coast railroad cover image
The American railroad : working for the nation Joe Welsh The American railroad : working for the nation cover image
Empire express : building the first transcontinental railroad David Haward Bain Empire express : building the first transcontinental railroad cover image
The history of the Burlington Northern Bill Yenne The history of the Burlington Northern cover image
Railroads and the American people H Roger Grant Railroads and the American people cover image