The Renaissance of the Railroad: a new book for railroad fans

Author Frank Richter details the historic rise of the American railroad industry

CHICAGO—The 20th century undoubtedly saw the greatest number of achievements made by man in the span of a mere 100 years. Yet, most of what was considered “the wave of the future” as 1899 came to a close had long been resigned to museums and history books just a century later. One such masterpiece has survived time and competition, however, and Frank Richter gives readers a detailed look at it in his new book, The Renaissance of the Railroad: A Chronicle of the Transformation of the Century (now available through AuthorHouse).

“The steam-powered iron horse has been replaced by the diesel-electric locomotive, the electric traction motor power and, even as the 21st century emerged, the ‘floating train’ maglev,” says Richter. “But there was far more to that transformation indeed.”

Richter provides railroad enthusiasts with the most comprehensive story of the industry as he shows how men and machines have worked together to draw upon other emerging tchnologies to develop this mainstay of American transportation. From high-speed passenger trains and freight workhorses to commuter and subway trains, The Renaissance of the Railroad examines how people and ideas have transformed a nation’s quality of life. Richter provides rare insight and a deep-seated appreciation for the railroad industry in this brief but comprehensive account.

“The story [this chronicle] tells is as dramatic as just about every other facet of what life has come to be day in and day out from the beginning of the 21st century,” says Richter. “So here is an account that has all the character of human resources as well as human frailties.”

History lovers, railroad enthusiasts and anyone with an interest in the story of modern transportation will find something to like within the pages of The Renaissance of the Railroad.

Since the end of WWII, Richter has worked intensively in the railroad field as both editor and publisher to compile this chronicle. After service with the U.S. Corps of Engineers, Richter co-founded Modern Railroads and after that, Progressive Railroading, publications dedicated to the technology and business of railroad transportation. He is also an honorary member of American Engineering and Maintenance of Way Association, and in 1994 received the Intermodal Association of North America “Silver Kingpin” award for “Excellence in Intermodalism.” For more information, visit

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From the Oct. 12-18, 2005, issue

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