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Railroad Passenger Car: An Illustrated History of the First Hundred Years with Accounts by Contemporary Passengers
Railroad travel in the 19th century was often dang

 
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By August Mencken (au); Courtney B. Wilson (in)
Year: 2000
Pages: 209
Binding Hardcover
ISBN 0-8018-6541-7

Product Code: 1422350657

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Railroad travel in the 19th century was often dangerous, dirty, uncomfortable, & uncertain. Yet most of the inventions associated with the luxury of a later era -- from sleeping cars & dining cars to streamlining & even an early form of air conditioning -- had already made their appearance by the time of the Civil War. Here is a fascinating look at the achievements & contradictions of this key period in railroad history.  Here are the weird & ingenious inventions designed to increase both the passengers’ comfort & the owners’ revenues; & here are the passengers’ own comments, both angry & humorous. “A detailed & highly entertaining narrative richly illustrated with working drawings, cutaway images, & early photos.”

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