The Railroad: What It Is, What It Does

The Railroad: What It Is, What It Does 5th Edition (2008) By John H. Armstrong, edited by William C. Vantuono. Softcover, 6x9, 406 pages, illustrations, photos, drawings, diagrams, tables, charts, bibliography, glossary, index. "The fifth edition is even more valuable than before. Inside you'll find a comprehensive look at how today's railroads function - from equipment to procedures and marketing to maintenance. "This book is ideal for novices and experts alike. The easy-to-read narrative presents a brief history of railroading from the coal-fed "iron horses" that helped build a nation to the latest generation of EPA-compliant locomotives. You'll also find current information on new technologies such as ECP brakes and computer-assisted transportation systems. The fifth edition is a resource for anyone wanting to learn about modern day railroads. The book delves into many facets of the railroad industry including such topics as freight cars, locomotives, track, signal and communication technology, intermodal traffic, operations, labor relations, and design engineering. Softcover.