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Twilight of the Great Trains


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Introduction: The View from 1960
What Passenger Problem? Kanas City Southern
All Hail The "City of Everywhere": Union Pacific
Spoiler: Southern Pacific
The True Believers: Santa Fe
Katy Did: Missouri-Kansas-Texas
Missouri Pacific's Mr. Clean: Missouri Pacific
Zephyrs agaist a Head Wind: Burlington / Northern Pacific / Great Northern
Southern's Hospitality: Southern Railway
Most Likely to Succeed: Atlantic Coast Line / Seaboard Air Line
Chessie's Last Stand: Baltimore & Ohio / Chesapeake & Ohio
Twilight Limiteds: New York Central / Pennsylvania / New Haven
America's Main Street: Illinois Central
The End (And the New Beginning): Amtrak

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The decline of American passenger trains

About the Author

Fred W. Frailey is author of Southern Pacific's Blue Streak Merchandise; Rolling Thunder; and Zephyrs, Chiefs & Other Orphans.


"Frailey's book is an excellent job...Of all those 'last years" books, it's by far the best." Herbert H. Harwood, Jr. "Fred Frailey is by far one of the best writers in the railroad book business." William D. Middleton, Jr. "I consider this book to be the best documentation of the variety of ways the selected railroads dealt with the passenger train "problem" in the decade leading up to the creation of Amtrak." Bill Howes

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