Rails Across Dixie: A History of Passenger Trains in the American South

Editor/Author Cox, Jim
Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: McFarland

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ISBN: 978-0-7864-4528-8
Category: History - United States -- History
Image Count: 161
Book Status: Available
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The book explores the technological achievements, the romance and the economic impact of traveling on the tracks. Other topics include contemporary museums and excursion trains; the development of commuter rails, monorails, light rails, and other intracity transit trains; the social impact of train travel; and historical rail terminals and facilities. The book is supplemented with more than 160 images and 10 appendices.

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Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction: A Sentimental Journey
  • I. The Manufacture of Transportation
  • 1 Making Tracks: Cumbersome Methodology Gets the Shaft
  • 2 Belle Époque: The Golden Age of Train Travel
  • II. Dixie Legends
  • 3 Atlantic Coast Line Railroad: Riders of the Purple Stage
  • 4 Central of Georgia Railway: Horses of a Different Color
  • 5 Chesapeake & Ohio Railway: The Cat's Meow
  • 6 Florida East Coast Railway: The Eighth Wonder of the World
  • 7 Gulf, Mobile & Ohio Railroad: Great Things Made of Little Things
  • 8 Illinois Central Railroad: First in Line to Land a Grant
  • 9 Louisville & Nashville Railroad: A Tale of Two Cities Dispossessed
  • 10 Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis Railway: Short Route from the Great Lakes to Florida
  • 11 Norfolk & Western Railway: The Last Steam Road in America
  • 12 St. Louis-San Francisco Railway: Unfilled Destiny
  • 13 Seaboard Air Line Railroad: The Train of Tomorrow
  • 14 Southern Railway: Crescent Rolls
  • III. The Human Dimension
  • 15 Segregation and Prejudice: Jim Crow, Colored Coaches and “Ladies' Cars”
  • 16 Amenities and Appointments: Club Car, Parlor Car, Dining Car, Pullman
  • 17 Portals to the World: Early Waiting Rooms
  • IV. Present and Future
  • 18 Passengers Wanted: Railroads in Decline and the Advent of Amtrak
  • 19 On the Fast Track: The Anticipation of High Speed Rail
  • 20 Progressive Southern Municipalities: Urban and Intercity Mass Transit
  • Appendices
  • A: Glossary
  • B: Additional Passenger Lines
  • C: Amtrak
  • D: Museums and Exhibitions (by State)
  • E: Terminals (by State)
  • F: Dixie Rail Chronology
  • G: Powerful Railway Personalities
  • H: Dixie Lines
  • I: Streetcars, Commuter Lines and Monorails (by State)
  • J: Advertising and Passenger Information
  • Bibliography