Rails of California's Central Coast

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Diversity is the prime characteristic of the California Central Coast's many rail operations. Readers will be attracted by the varying scope of Central Coast—Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Luis Obispo Counties—rail systems. They range from local horsecar services and the narrow-gauge electrified plant railroad that served the Santa Cruz Cement Company at Davenport to the Southern Pacific Railroad's Coast Line and its engineering marvel Cuesta Grade, highlighted by the world-famous horseshoe curve. Local streetcar systems and long-ceased regional railroads are part of the area's rail legacy. Rare historic images blended with contemporary photography chronicle the region's railways from times past to the present.
ISBN: 9780738555911
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: California
Series: Images of Rail
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Transportation historians Walter Rice, Ph.D., and Emiliano Echeverria, authors of Arcadia's The Key System: San Francisco and the East Shore Empire and San Francisco's Powell Street Cable Cars, tell the story of California Central Coast rail services with nearly 200 vintage photographs. Rice and Echeverria have published jointly over 30 articles and three additional books. Their scholarly knowledge captures the spirit and purpose of historic rail operations and the increasing importance of the contemporary rail, notably the Union Pacific Coast Line.
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