150 Years of Canadian Railroads. First Canadian Edition in dustjacket


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FITZSIMONS, Bernard. 150 Years of Canadian Railroads. (Toronto): Royce Publications, (1984). First Canadian Edition. Pp (6),[7]-155,(5). Large 8vo [240 x 310 mm], maroon cloth, gilt lettering to spine. "Behind the modern railways map of Canada, with its great transcontinental routes, its network of grain lines in the Prairies, its northern extensions tapping the mineral riches of Labrador and the Northwest Territories, lie 150 years of colourful and exciting history. The first short lines, built to bypass obstacles in the waterways that formed the natural routes of settlement, were followed bydecades of speculation and competition, as growing towns and cities sought to secure their share of expanding trade, and rival companies struggled to ensure their rails would carry it. Meanwhile, confederation of the dispara te colonies in the Dominion of Canada was made possible by the Canadian Pacific, who construction was one of the epics of railway engineering, and which was to form the basis of a global transport and industrial conglomerate.With the consolidation of the early rivals into the Canadian National syst em in the years after the First World War, the country had tweo systems spanning the continent, and enterprising parivate and provincial lines provided complimentary north - south routes. Despie the vagaries of the world economy, and the growing competition from other forms of transport, Canada's railways continue to carry staggering quantities of grain, minerals and otherraw materials, while the recent formation of VIA Rail has enabled passenge r services to be maintained." -from the dj. Contents : 1. The Colonial System. 2. The Pacific Railway. 3. The National System. 4. The Northern Lines. 5. Resources Railways. 6. Passenger Transport. With index. NOTE : Additional shipping may ne rquired for this book's size & weight. Penned gift inscription, sticker on flyleaf, else very good in unclipped dustjacket. 20.00

Title: 150 Years of Canadian Railroads. First Canadian Edition in dustjacket

Author Name: FITZSIMONS, Bernard

Categories: 888,

Publisher: Royce Publications, Toronto, 1984, ISBN:0774035366:

Seller ID: 98690