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Railroad Stations: The Buildings That Linked the Nation (Library of Congress Visual Sourcebooks) Hardcover – November 14, 2011
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[I]ndispensable for architecture and transportation collections and a useful reference for others... Highly recommended. (CHOICE)
Railroad Stations is more than just a comprehensive, beautifully-produced, and geographically diverse large format book; its ultimate value is its smooth integration with an online image gallery that offers readers easy access the more than 600 plans, drawings, maps, and images of railroad stations large and small around the United States. (O-Scale Trains Magazine)
This exhaustive study of American railroad architecture gathers together a great number of archival images, giving the reader a thorough idea as to how the architecture has grown and developed throughout the years. (Amateur Photographer (UK))
[A]n extremely comprehensive review....[S]hows far more than mere architectural details.... [A] valuable record of a unique subject. (Heritage Railway)
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I've been following the Norton/Library of Congress Sourcebooks in Architecture, Design & Engineering from the first volume, and this is the strongest to date.
The subtitle, "The Buildings that Linked the Nation" is a home run, providing an historical context for the hundreds of railroad station photographs in urban, suburban, and rural locations.
These are not just photographs of railroad stations, these are photographs of buildings where both family and national history took place.
Like the other books in the series, Railroad Stations is organized in 9 regions, providing balanced coverage of cities and towns within the region. Like previous books, photos range in size from full page to groupings of several smaller photographs on each page. And, as always, the stories are told in captions.
One of the most important aspects of Railroad Stations is the way that it links to an online photo gallery that allows readers to access photographs from the the books website--a huge step forward from the CD-ROM's previously supplied.
The ability to view the glass plate negatives on a computer adds immeasurable impact to the photos in Railroad Stations. Navigation is fast and easy, organized by chapters, with thumbnails that allow you to quickly locate desired photos. Most important, you can zoom in to examine photo details that would never otherwise possible.
If you're interested in railroad stations, whether you want a relaxing photo book for bedside reference, or want a fast way to access the railroad station photographs in America's largest collections, you won't be disappointed by Railroad Stations. Possibly expensive, but definitely worth it.
Most of the book is devoted to a photographic survey of train stations divided up by sections of the country. Other than geography there is no obvious logic for the choice of stations or the particular photos used. Sometimes exterior and interior shots are shown, sometimes just exteriors, sometimes elevations, ground plans and or location maps. Captions for the photos are maddening in their lack of consistent information. Sometimes you are given the architect, sometimes not. Often no date is given for the building, but a date is specified for the photograph. Photographs themselves are too small and sometimes of poor quality.
After leafing back and forth through the book and reading other comments, I determined that Railroad Stations is part of a series drawn from the Library of Congress historic photo collections. You are encouraged to visit the publisher's website and from there go to links to the various parts of said collection. It turns out that most of the wordy but uninformative photo captions are catalogue information from the Library of Congress sources.
But I paid $75 for a BOOK, not a website referral. Frankly I feel my money was taken under false pretenses.
With this book, we learn about the significance of the railroad in expanding and uniting the United States, a new technology helping define the boundaries of a new country.
Author David Naylor brings his architectural historian eye to the book, presenting details in the text and black-and-white photos that might escape the average train passenger.
Those who curse Amtrak or the commuter lines of service in big cities may not even recognize the premier place these old buildings held in our political lives, as politicians brought their campaigns to the stations. Both photos and posters illustrate the political role of these trains; in one, we catch a look at William Jenning Bryan, campaigning in Indiana, and the Roosevelts, Teddy and Franklin, as they toured. In the case of President Garfield, his life ultimately ended at Washington's Baltimore & Potomac train station where he was met by an assassin. Naylor takes us around the country, looking at stations and the lines' importance to each region.
But stations, as Naylor establishes, served as more than passage points. They are also, in many cases, architectural gems in their own right, featuring fine columns, magnificent arches, huge clocks, statues, murals and even weather vanes. Often striking is the differences in these stations, often reflecting local geography or economic needs. The snow-covered station at North Conway, N.H.Read more ›
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My husband really enjoyed this book. He is very interested in all things railroad. He likes reading about and seeing pictures about the older railroad stations.Published 15 months ago by Donna Dow
David Naylor's untimely death on February 22, 2013 makes this book a bittersweet reminder that, like our precious historical architecture, people don't stay in our lives forever... Read morePublished on March 7, 2013 by Karen Colizzi Noonan
Bad book! Lack of real research. Just done for people with little knowledge of the subject. A very disappointing publication.Published on February 28, 2013 by CAP
This book was a gift to a railroad enthusiast and will be cherished for years to come. The illustrations are beautiful and the narrative is very interesting. Read morePublished on January 17, 2012 by HSL1