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Streamliners: A History of the Railroad Icon (Collector's Library) Paperback – November 14, 2002

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About the Author

Mike Schafer hails from Rockford, Illinois, where he recalls his earliest train-watching experiences on the Illinois Central, Milwaukee Road, Burlington Route, and Chicago & North Western. He vividly can recall his first train rides, circa 1952, on IC\u2019s Hawkeye and Land O\u2019 Corn between Rockford and Chicago. Eventually he would declare the latter — America\u2019s railroad hub — his \u201chonorary hometown. Mike and his little dog Archie reside in a house (which includes a 1,600-square-foot model railroad) next to BNSF\u2019s busy Twin Cities mainline in a small town outside Chicago where he also serves as village trustee and occasionally mayor pro tem.


Joe Welsh is a regular contributor to Trains and Classic Trains magazines and has appeared on the History Channel. He is the author of 12 books including the critically acclaimed Travel by Pullman, co-authored with William F. Howes, Jr. He resides in Auburn, Washington.

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Product Details

  • Series: Collector's Library
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press (November 14, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760313717
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760313718
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #735,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lew Troop VINE VOICE on July 27, 2009
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In the almost 40 years since Amtrak took over train service in the United States two generations of people have been denied the pleasure of travel by rail as it once was. Thankfully, Mike Schafer has put together this elegant, very informative book on the best that ever was; the Streamliner. It's hard to remember that their time was almost less than the time since they disappeared but it's important to realize how they summarized the way Americans lived during those years. STREAMLINERS is a testament to a particular type of train that was developed by the railroads to hold passenger service in the face of rising travel by auto. Helped by the privations of World War Two they succeeded but it was a noble effort that was finally a failure. Mr. Schafer is careful to point out that how the various railroads viewed passenger in general reflected corporate thinking on the topic. Ultimately almost every one of them followed the money which meant freight and fought to divest themselves of passenger service. But this excellent book chronicles the Camelot of luxury rail travel. Great illustrations enhance the chatty, personal text. For those who remember them and those who want to know what they were, this is the authoritative source. For a modest price you'll get a major investment in American culture.
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I just finished reviewing this book in detail. Its is a well organized book in nice regional sections. Allot of interesting facts about different roads that had Streamliner style trains. I recommend this book to any fan of theses locomotives.
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By Robert Wilhelm on October 3, 2014
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I recently bought Streamliners book and enjoy reading it. The color photos are fantastic of the streamliners. I recommend this book for those people interested in Streamlined passenger trains of the 20th century.

Robert Wilhelm
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"Streamliners" was fantastic and greatly exceeded expectations. The book revealed a level of detail that indicated that Mike Schafer really had a firm grasp on what he was writing about. And he's an excellent writer.
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