The "L" : The Development of Chicago's Rapid Transit System, 1888-1932

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ISBN-13: 978-0915348305
ISBN-10: 0915348306
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 305 pages
  • Publisher: Central Electric Railfans Assn (September 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0915348306
  • ISBN-13: 978-0915348305
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 9 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,887,422 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jefFnurk on September 27, 2011
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I have been a fan of Chicago's 'L' system since I was a little kid in the 70's and used to go with my mother to pick my father up at the Lake Street (Green Line) Harlem 'L' station. I have read pretty much any book ever written on the 'L' system and frequent the Chicago-L dot org website, so while I'm far from an expert I do know my 'L' history pretty well, and let me just say this book makes me feel like that same little kid in the 70's, both in fascination and what I actually really know about 'L' history.

After reading and being thoroughly impressed with Bruce Moffat's other major book,
The Chicago tunnel story (the history of Chicago's freight tunnel system, which most of you probably only know or remember from the flooding incident back in the 90's), and being amazed at the sheer amount of detail in the information and photos and maps that the book contained, I was hoping for another similarly definitive type of book on Chicago's 'L' system by Bruce, and this book does not disappoint in the least.

Covering the first 40-some odd years about the development and creation of Chicago's Urban Transit 'L' system, this book has it all. If you can find any want or need for information after reading this book, you would likely have to dig deeper and look places even Bruce Moffat didn't, which I don't think is possible. You'll find dozens (if not hundreds) of photos never seen or published where before or since and in depth text about the players and corporations and timelines that led to the creation of Chicago's first 4 'L' lines (and more). The two bonus large size reproduction maps, as well as the fold out maps in the book itself are amazing and worth the price of the book by themselves.
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By Aj on February 3, 2013
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great book, I've been wanting it for along time . shipping was excellent i really enjoy the book great addition to my growing library ..thank you
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