Great Train Stations

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Go inside passenger terminals in the golden age of rail travel with this special issue from Classic Trains magazine.

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Description

Great Train Stations, a special issue from Classic Trains, explores the enduring beauty of big city train stations from railroading’s golden age.

Featured stations include:

• Grand Central Terminal: New York Central’s Gotham landmark also hosted New Haven trains.
• Washington Union Station: Trains of the Pennsylvania, B&O, Southern, Atlantic Coast Line, and Seaboard converged at the gateway to the nation’s capital.
• Chicago’s Stations: Gates to Anywhere: Union, Dearborn, Central, La Salle Street, North Western, and Grand Central provided access to all points on the compass.
• Los Angeles Union Station: Santa Fe, Southern Pacific, and Union Pacific trains served L.A.’s Mission-style masterpiece.
• Cincinnati Union Terminal: David P. Morgan’s heartfelt tribute to a great station, and one of America’s outstanding Art Deco buildings.
• And more!

Includes maps, floor plans, and rare color photos!

Great Train Stations is now available in a convenient digital format so you can enjoy your favorite hobby on your PC, Mac, laptop, iPad, iPhone and select Android devices version 2.2 or higher. Powered by Zinio™, digital editions are compatible with PC, Macintosh®, Android™ via Google Play™ app, iOS™ via App StoreSM, and Win8 devices.

Reviews

This softcover booklet features 18 different feature articles, all heavily illustrated, describing and illuminating a number of noteworthy railroad stations, called “Temples of Transportation" in the United States, as well as in Montreal, Canada. In the first 14-page article, complete with numerous photographs, we learn about Chicago’s six major railroad stations, which the publishers call “Gates to Everywhere.” The six stations are Dearborn, which opened in 1885, and was the oldest of the Chicago stations and which served the most railroads in the city; Union Station; North Western Station; Central Station; Grand Central Station; LaSalle Street Station; and additionally Randolph Street Station, where Illinois Central and Chicago, South Shore & South Bend suburban trains arrived and departed.

Color photos and elongated captions of Portland’s Union Station and Seattle’s King Street and Union Stations follow. Next is a detailed feature, with maps and striking photos, of Washington D.C.’s Union Station with its 20 stub tracks and nine through tracks, and a detailed trackage map and train departure times in 1944. Another feature article describes the modern Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal which is the largest such rail facility on the West Coast.

Photos and captions of the Oakland Pier terminal, San Francisco’s SP terminal and San Diego’s SP station follow, along with a detailed story and photos of New York City’s bustling Grand Central Terminal, Montreal’s modern 17-track Bonaventure Station, as well as photos of Kansas City and St. Louis Union Stations. Denver’s 1914-built Union Station, once the largest building in the West, is also generously highlighted as is Atlanta’s Terminal Station and Union Station, spotlighted by a fabulous 1954 photo of numerous passenger trains ready for departure. 

Texas’ Dallas Union Terminal, New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal, Cincinnati Union Terminal and Birmingham Terminal Station are some of the others highlighted in this thorough booklet. Railfans, and especially passenger train fans, will want a copy of Great Train Stations for their library.

—Don Heimburger, Heimburger House Publishing Co.

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