- Series: Fesler-Lampert Minnesota Heritage
- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: University of Minnesota Press; 1st edition (May 21, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0816650039
- ISBN-13: 978-0816650033
- Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,466,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Top Customer Reviews
Scribbin's books clearly and factually tells birth of this legendary train, it's rise to fame and slow decline in liberally used photos and tightly written text. The best thing about it is that is does so with an entertaining mix of factual information, statistics and first-person accounts. If you have an interest in railroads - especially ones that regularly exceed 120mph, this book is a requirement for your library
While the production of the new book is excellent, its wide format in paperback is a bit clumsy. It is simply too wide to hold and view comfortably sans solid backs. It also would have been nice to have included some color in the new book, but at this price it is not missed.
Through its many black and white photos and conversational text, "The Hiawatha Story" traces the history of these Milwaukee Road streamliners through their glory in the 1930s to the general fading of US passenger service in the 1960s. The reproduction of the photos and text is excellent, although there are a few repagination issues in the reprint, wherein the page numbers referred to in the original text no longer jibe with the 2007 version. The text is necessarily local; few railroad aficionados in the Rocky Mountains will be impressed with the scale of Tunnel City, Wisconsin, nor will the uninitiated find Milwaukee Road diesel number 15 particularly "famous". The reader may also be surprised at Scribbins continued use of "CONsist" as a noun. However, the pride of Milwaukee ownership of this history shines through Scribbins' text. This remains an excellent description of a slice of American railroad history, and is a must for any fan of the Milwaukee Road. It remains a far better book than the recent "The Milwaukee Road's Hiawathas" by Gruber and Solomon, or the error-filled "Milwaukee Road Passenger Service" by Dorin.Read more ›
I need, in order to locate the extra cars, needed to complete a full train. Includes a nice, detailed story of how the
train was created, and how the consist evolved over the years. Covers the success of the early, and later versions
of the Hiawatha, from the first 4-4-2 streamlined steam locomotives, to the various make locomotives of the diesel era.
Overall, I think it's a great book for just about anyone!! Whether an addition to a railroad specific library, to a general
collection of books. While I purchased my copy for specific train information, I was also pleased with how the rest of
the story kept me reading along! I'm sure there are plenty of other books that talk about the Hiawatha, but this is an
excellent start. I was not disappointed and don't think you will be either!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nice to look back to a time when Mass Transit wasn't seen as a liberal plot against Americans' freedoms...Published 16 months ago by Minnesotan
The book isn't quite what I expected. It's a technical paper about the hiawatha. There is some history but I really don't care what guy designed what part.Published on May 12, 2014 by Earthjedi
Having worked many years as a ticket agent in Milwaukee for the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad (The Milwaukee Road), author Jim Scribbins was in a good position to... Read morePublished on November 17, 2010 by JAK
Overall the book provides a good history of the Milwaukee Road Hiawatha passenger trains. There are lots of good B&W photos to go along with the text. Read morePublished on May 14, 2009 by Kenneth Debacker