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A look at trains discusses San Francisco's cable cars, Pennsylvania's inclined plane railroads, the streetcar craze, and subways.
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Grade 5-8-- A concise, to-the-point presentation of the history and possible future of American public rail transportation. Yepsen sees city trains as "a good way to move people" that helped bring about the development of urban centers. He describes the rails used in horsecars, cable and streetcars, trolleys, inclined railroads, interurbans, subway and elevated trains, and commuter lines. He points out that the LRVs (Light Rail Vehicles) of today are the modern incarnations of the old interurbans while the computer-controlled rapid-transit trains of San Francisco and other cities are descendants of the subway and "el" trains. He also speculates about the future use of monorails and the development of high-speed magnetic levitation trains. The book's usefulness is enhanced by the inclusion of more than 50 period and contemporary black-and-white photos. In all, a brief, but interesting overview. --David A. Lindsey, Lakewood Junior/Senior High School, WA
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Book Description Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 1993. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0027936759