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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
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.