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With tracks and trackage rights that cover more than half of the states in the union, the Burlington Northern & Santa Fe is one of the true giants not just of the United States, but of the entire global rail scene. From the vast mileages of the Trans-Con routes through the deserts to the dense networks of the great cities, the BNSF Railway's 8,000 orange locomotives are an everyday part of life for much of America. With multiple locomotives pulling mile-and-a-half-long freight trains, not to mention the odd venture onto passenger trains, the variety of workings and traffic will capture the interest of rail fans the world over. Seen through the lens of a UK-based photographer, this book shows not just the motive power but also the loads, the places they go to and the places they pass through.
One of the giants of American railroading, the Union Pacific Railroad serves a huge swathe of the Mid and Western United States, from the Great Lakes and the Deep South to the Pacific coast. The vast array of locomotives - over 8,000 - and diversity of loads combined with ever-changing scenery make for fascinating viewing and photography. One minute you can be watching as a fast hotshot double-stack intermodal train carrying as many as 300 containers flies by at over 70 miles an hour; moments later and the local goods is in view, dropping a wagon or two into the local factory complex. This collection of photographs, mainly from the south-western states, was taken through the lens of a UK-based photographer and attempts to show the reader just a small selection of the scenes and variety that the Union Pacific has to offer.
Although perhaps overshadowed by the fame of the Great Western Railway's sea wall section of railway west of Exeter, the Chester & Holyhead Railway, opened in full by 1850, has much to offer as it wends its way west. Passing the mudflats of the Dee Estuary and onto the coast of the Irish Sea for much of the 40 miles from Mostyn to Bangor, the line bisects huge holiday parks, cuts through a walled town and medieval castle and runs the entire length of an island separate from the mainland before terminating at the famous port. Here, author Richard Billingsley shows the reader and possible visitors to the North Wales Coast Main Line what the modern railway scene has to offer, and the scenery that it takes place in.