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Railroads of California: The Complete Guide to Historic Trains and Railway Sites    by Brian Solomon order for
Railroads of California
by Brian Solomon
Order:  USA  Can
Voyageur Press, 2009 (2009)

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* * *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

Any rail buff will love this guide to historic trains and railway sites in California. Page after page of illustrations make this as much a pictorial history as a written one. Besides looking at the state's legendary railroads, the men who built them and the engineering feats that made them a reality, the book delves into modern railroad operations.

After an opening section on the roots of Southern Pacific, Santa Fe, Union Pacific, Western Pacific and Pacific Electric, the reader will find sections devoted to today's freight and passenger operations and then a closing discussion of excursion trains and railway museums.

A beautifully designed and expertly written volume that celebrates California's railroading heritage, this is the kind of book you'll return to over and over again because it is filled with so much useful information. Considering the nearly 190 color and black and white pictures plus the four specially commissioned maps, the book also has a visual appeal that train fans will really appreciate!

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