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By Lorett Treese

"Informative and extremely pleasurable to read." --Library Journal

"For these of you who can't get adequate of railroad historical past, this ebook will brighten your day." --Livesteam

  • Completely revised and up-to-date variation of this best-seller
  • Regional histories of the good railroads and relics of rail culture
  • Rail tales of the folk and occasions that formed history
  • Rails-to-Trails paths, vacationer points of interest, and different tourist information
  • Includes 10 maps for simple reference
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    Philadelphia, which had once been the leading seaport on the Atlantic coast, was then facing serious competition from New York City and Baltimore. In 1817, New York had started building the Erie Canal, which would provide New York City with a water route to the Great Lakes and Midwest. The following year, Maryland completed its National Road between Baltimore and the Ohio River. Pennsylvania had a fairly decent turnpike between Philadelphia and Lancaster, but traveling west of the Susquehanna meant a tedious trek on primitive wagon roads like the Forbes Road and the Kittanning Path, which could take several weeks.

    It is all so trimly artificed that one is surprised to see that the rubbery stalks of the dandelion have evaded the lawn-mower just as they do in less carefully razored suburbs. Honeysuckles sprawl along the embankments, privet hedges bound neat gardens. There is a new station at Merion. In old bucolic days the Main Line station masters lived and kept house in the depots, and if one had to wait for a train one could make friends with the station master’s little girl and pet cat. But all those little girls are grown up now and are Bryn Mawr alumnae….

    The creation of National Train Day, celebrated since 2008, seems to have been an attempt by Amtrak to keep public support on its side. In 2010, the event drew thousands to Philadelphia’s Thirtieth Street Station as well as other metropolitan stations, with exhibits, performances, and a chance to view historical as well as state-of-the-art equipment. Christopher Morley Travels Christopher Morley was a well-known author whose sketches for Philadelphia’s Public Ledger were collected in a book titled Travels in Philadelphia, published circa 1920.

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