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Vintage Cubano: Adventures with Old Cars, Antique Trains and Friendly People

Adolf Hungrywolf

Published by Canadian Caboose Press, 2012
ISBN 10: 0920698484 / ISBN 13: 9780920698488
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Title: Vintage Cubano: Adventures with Old Cars, ...

Publisher: Canadian Caboose Press

Publication Date: 2012

Binding: hardcover

Book Condition: New

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

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Vintage Cubano: Adventures with Old Cars, Antique Trains and Friendly People by Adolf Hungrywolf. . The 1990s was a twilight era for Cuba's fascinating old transportation system. Trains hauled by century-old American steam locomotives met Model A Fords and wooden stations as if it were the 1920s. Horse-drawn carriages passed colonial architecture in towns and cities, with ox teams doing heavier work in scenic countryside's. Wooden Brill interurban trains still carried passengers while General Electric steeple cabs hauled freight between Havana and Matanzas, just as they did when chocolate maker Hershey bought them new in 1920. The author spent 18 months over several years documenting this transportation time-warp from one end of the island to the other. Although Cuba has been modernizing its transportation system, most of the old American cars and locomotives seen in this book are being preserved as 'National Patrimony' and should be available for future visitors to see, photograph and (in some cases)even ride. The book is a tour of the island and includes vintage B&W photographs, color photographs from the 1990s, postcard and other ephemera reproductions. The majority of the photographs are in color of the trains and equipment. Canadian Caboose Press, hardcover with jacket, 320 pages, 11.25 x 8.75 x 1 in., B&W and color photographs and illustrations. Bookseller Inventory # ccp1005

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Synopsis: The 1990s was a twilight era for Cuba's fascinating old transportation system. Trains hauled by century-old American steam locomotives met Model A Fords and wooden stations as if it were the 1920s. Horse-drawn carriages passed colonial architecture in towns and cities, with ox teams doing heavier work in scenic countrysides. Wooden Brill interurban trains still carried passengers while General Electric steeplecabs hauled freight between Havana and Matanzas, just as they did when chocolate maker Hershey bought them new in the 1920s.

Writer, photographer, and outdoor adventurer Adolf Hungrywolf spent 18 months in Cuba over several years during that era, documenting this transportation time warp from one end of the island to the other. Hundreds of color photographs capture the glory of the land and these majestic machines. Sometimes accompanied by one of his sons, at other times on his own, this book reads like a travel journal with a mixture of history, cultural observations and first-hand experiences that often reveal the heart of the Cuban people.

Today there is a growing appreciation for Cuba's unusual transportation heritage. Although Cuba has been modernizing its transportation system, most of the old American cars and locomotives seen in this book are being preserved as part of a national patrimony unlike any other in the world. This book is both a tribute to the past and a guide for future visitors who can still see most of the cars and railroad equipment photographed in this book.

About the Author: Adolf Hungrywolf has written over 50 books about Native American history and culture, outdoor living, travel and railroading. Among them are Rails in the Mother Lode, Off on a Wild Caboose Chase, The Good Medicine Book, The Blood People, and his four-volume work, The Blackfoot Papers.

His Swiss father and grandfather passed their photographic skills on to him, while his fondness for trains may have come from his mother's father, a locomotive engineer and round-house foreman for the Hungarian State Railway. Adolf worked his way through college in the early 1960s as a locomotive fireman for the Union Pacific Railroad.

After earning a history degree, Adolf studied Blackfoot culture and ceremonial life with several buffalo-era elders. Moving his family to a wilderness homestead in the Canadian Rockies, he helped home school his four children while also teaching them an outdoor life and immersing them in their mother's Blackfoot culture. The Hungrywolf family compound at one time included a small railroad yard with four wooden cabooses and five old Canadian Pacific boxcars.

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