On Railways Far Away

On Railways Far Away

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In this lavishly illustrated memoir, William D. Middleton invites readers to climb aboard and share with him 60 years of railroad tourism around the globe. Middleton's award-winning photography has recorded events such as the final days of American Civil War locomotives in Morocco and the start up of the world's first high-speed railway in Japan. He has photographed such great civil works as Scotland's Firth of Forth Bridge and the splendid railway station at Haydarpasa on the Asian side of the Bosporus, while closer to home he has been recognized for his significant contribution to the photographic interpretation of North America's railroading history. On Railways Far Away presents over 200 of Middleton's favorite photographs and the personal stories behind the images. It is a book that will delight both armchair travelers and those for whom the railroads still hold romance.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 312 pages
  • 218.44 x 248.92 x 22.86mm | 1,202.01g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 280 b&w illus.
  • 0253005914
  • 9780253005915
  • 1,498,951

Review quote

In addition to the careful research that went into his writing, Middleton was a gifted photographer who had an eye for creating interesting "trainscape" scenes. . . . Unknowingly with this book, Middleton managed to save his best effort for last - a volume that is sure to please anyone who enjoys exceptional photography and a good story. * Michigan Railfan * [T]his hard-bound collection of photographs is an apt memorial to a man who was known to say, 'yet there isn't a train I wouldn't catch.' * Rail Magazine *show more

About William D. Middleton

William D. Middleton (1928-2011) authored more than 20 books and hundreds of articles on rail transportation, engineering, and travel topics. He was editor (with George M. Smerk and Roberta L. Diehl) of Encyclopedia of North American Railroads (IUP, 2007) and author (with William D. Middleton III) of Frank Julian Sprague: Electrical Inventor & Engineer (IUP, 2009).show more

Table of contents

Preface: "On Railways Far Away"Chapter 1. Western Europe TrainsChapter 2. Far Northern Railways Chapter 3. On the North Edge of Africa Chapter 4. Across the Middle East from Berlin to BaghdadChapter 5. Trains of the Far EastChapter 6. Meter Gauge in Southeast AsiaChapter 7. A Glimpse of AustraliaChapter 8. Railway Peopleshow more