A revelatory, entertaining account of the world’s most
indispensable mode of transportation
Tom Zoellner loves trains with a ferocious passion. In his new
book he chronicles the innovation and sociological impact of the
railway technology that changed the world, and could very well
change it again.
From the frigid trans-Siberian railroad to the antiquated Indian
Railways to the futuristic MagLev trains, Zoellner offers a
stirring story of man’s relationship with trains. Zoellner
examines both the mechanics of the rails and their engines and
how they helped societies evolve. Not only do trains transport
people and goods in an efficient manner, but they also reduce
pollution and dependency upon oil. Zoellner also considers
America’s culture of ambivalence to mass transit, using the
perpetually stalled line between Los Angeles and San Francisco as
a case study in bureaucracy and public indifference.
Train presents both an entertaining history of railway travel
around the world while offering a serious and impassioned case
for the future of train travel.