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Rival Rails - The Race to Build America's Greatest Transcontinental Railroad

Walter R. Borneman

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Description:

The driving of the golden spike at Promontory Summit, which marked the completion of the country's first transcontinental railroad, was only the beginning of the race for railroad dominance. In the aftermath of this building feat, dozens of railroads, each with aggressive empire builders at their helms, raced one another for the ultimate prize of a southern transcontinental route that was generally free of snow, shorter in distance, and gentler in gradients. More than just a means of transportation, the railroads were a powerful mold, and the presence of a rail line had the power to make-or break-the fledgling towns and cities across the newborn American West. While much has been written about the building of the first transcontinental railroad, the bulk of the history of the railroads in the United States has been largely ignored. With a meticulous, loving eye, Walter Borneman picks up where most other histories leave off.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Norman Dietz

Length:

15h


Chapters

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04:15

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:18


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

12:42


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:15


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

40:52


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

27:30


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

31:03


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

42:56


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

33:07


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

42:50


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

35:51


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

40:47


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

40:03


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

59:38


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

51:15


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

37:31


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

53:11


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

37:17


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

30:22


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

30:21


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

34:23


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

31:56


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

31:35


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

39:05


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

25:49


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

46:07


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

26:17


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:57