Waiting On A Train

Author: James McCommons
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
ISBN: 1603582592
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Waiting On A Train from the Author: James McCommons. During the tumultuous year of 2008--when gas prices reached $4 a gallon, Amtrak set ridership records, and a commuter train collided with a freight train in California--journalist James McCommons spent a year on America's trains, talking to the people who ride and work the rails throughout much of the Amtrak system. Organized around these rail journeys, Waiting on a Train is equal parts travel narrative, personal memoir, and investigative journalism. Readers meet the historians, railroad executives, transportation officials, politicians, government regulators, railroad lobbyists, and passenger-rail advocates who are rallying around a simple question: Why has the greatest railroad nation in the world turned its back on the very form of transportation that made modern life and mobility possible? Distrust of railroads in the nineteenth century, overregulation in the twentieth, and heavy government subsidies for airports and roads have left the country with a skeletal intercity passenger-rail system. Amtrak has endured for decades, and yet failed to prosper owing to a lack of political and financial support and an uneasy relationship with the big, remaining railroads. While riding the rails, McCommons explores how the country may move passenger rail forward in America--and what role government should play in creating and funding mass-transportation systems. Against the backdrop of the nation's stimulus program, he explores what it will take to build high-speed trains and transportation networks, and when the promise of rail will be realized in America.

How To Train A Train

Author: Jason Carter Eaton
Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
ISBN: 9780763688998
Size: 27.84 MB
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How To Train A Train from the Author: Jason Carter Eaton. Everything you need to know about finding, keeping, and training your very own pet train. Finding advice on caring for a dog, a cat, a fish, even a dinosaur is easy. But what if somebody’s taste in pets runs to the more mechanical kind? What about those who like cogs and gears more than feathers and fur? People who prefer the call of a train whistle to the squeal of a guinea pig? Or maybe dream of a smudge of soot on their cheek, not slobber? In this spectacularly illustrated picture book, kids who love locomotives (and what kid doesn’t?) will discover where trains live, what they like to eat, and the best train tricks around—everything it takes to lay the tracks for a long and happy friendship. All aboard!

A Train

Author: Charles W. Dryden
Publisher: University of Alabama Press
ISBN: 0817312668
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A Train from the Author: Charles W. Dryden. A-Train is the story of one of the black Americans who, during World War II, graduated from Tuskegee (AL) Flying School and served as a pilot in the Army Air Corps’ 99th Pursuit Squadron. Charles W. Dryden presents a fast-paced, balanced, and personal account of what it was like to prepare for a career traditionally closed to African Americans, how he coped with the frustrations and dangers of combat, and how he, along with many fellow black pilots, navigators, bombardiers, and crewmen, emerged with a magnificent war record. Under the command of Colonel Benjamin O. Davis Jr., the Tuskegee airmen fought over North Africa, Sicily, and Europe, escorting American bomber crews who respected their "no-losses" record. Some were shot down, many of them were killed or captured by the enemy, and several won medals of valor and honor. But the airmen still faced great barriers of racial prejudice in the armed forces and at home. As a member of that elite group of young pilots who fought for their country overseas while being denied civil liberties at home, Dryden presents an eloquent story that will touch each and every reader.

A Train On The Track

Author: Sarah Sheffield
Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780823959372
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A Train On The Track from the Author: Sarah Sheffield. Illustrations and simple text present simple facts about trains.

It Happened On A Train

Author: Mac Barnett
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1416978208
Size: 42.62 MB
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It Happened On A Train from the Author: Mac Barnett. Seventh-grader Steve Brixton finds himself pulled back into sleuthing when, during a train trip down the California coast, he uncovers a mystery involving a fleet of priceless automobiles, an assassin, and a private rail car.

Take The A Train

Author: Michael Blankfort
Publisher: Dutton Adult
ISBN:
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Take The A Train from the Author: Michael Blankfort.

Two Jews On A Train

Author: Adam Biro
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226052168
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Two Jews On A Train from the Author: Adam Biro. "Somewhere between Isaac Bashevis Singer and Morey Amsterdam."—Kirkus Reviews Two Jews were on a train: "All Eastern European Jewish jokes start this way, or almost," says Adam Biro, who has assembled this rich volume of such stories, tales in which—thanks to a masterful translation by Catherine Tihanyi—we can hear the voices of generations using humor to teach about the delicacy, anguish, and unpredictability of life itself.

Jesus Hopped The A Train

Author: Stephen Adly Guirgis
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service Inc
ISBN: 9780822217992
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Jesus Hopped The A Train from the Author: Stephen Adly Guirgis. THE STORY: Angel Cruz is a thirty-year-old bike messenger from NYC who has lost his best friend to a religious cult. At the opening of the play, he is in his second night of incarceration, awaiting trial for shooting the leader of that cult in the

A Train Lullaby

Author: Sergia Flores
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 9781462832422
Size: 18.76 MB
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A Train Lullaby from the Author: Sergia Flores. A Message to the Reader: I started writing this book in 1995, when I was still not yet thirty years old but approaching it too quickly to not make note of where I was, who I was, or why I was. The story behind the reason for writing is a part of this work so I won’t burden you with it twice, but I will say that I have never had more intimate conversations with God – both frustrating and revealing – than on those 4 a.m.’s while staring at a blank page or screen. I think that on some level, one of the reasons why it has taken me so long to finally put this before you has been simply that I will miss those particular conversations, and I haven’t quite figured out what else I want to talk about. So many things have happened since the final draft was completed. So many of the endings to these stories have changed. I swear I thought about “Lullaby” every day. I went from rejection to rejection, first draft to third, and another couple of years passed. I never gave up on the notion that I wanted it “out there,” but I couldn’t simply let it go. The unmentionable then occurred on September 11th, 2001, and after that morning nothing made sense or mattered much, aside from the fact that somehow, I was still alive and breathing and trying not to lose my mind. My coworkers and I were beginning our day across the street from the Towers when it all began, and I join the sentiments of thousands – maybe millions – when I say that we struggle on a daily basis to maintain some semblance of equanimity. I write this message to you a little over four months from that day so full of fear and love. Even on that day, I swear I thought about “Lullaby” and how maybe someday someone would find it in the rubble of what was left and have a smile over what New York City was before it was obliterated. For months I have been wondering whether it’s the right thing to do, to put this “out there” at a time when really, who cares about one woman’s ride on the “A” train? How selfish and careless of me would it be to expect that anyone will read this and connect after all that has happened and is happening on this beloved planet? Over and over again I have asked myself these questions. Then I saw “The Nutcracker” and “Contact” with my mom during the Christmas holidays. I listened to Nanci Griffith sing during her concert at the Beacon Theatre in December and just recently, I almost passed out with laughter during John Leguizamo’s one-man explosion called “Sexaholix.” I’ve seen “A Beautiful Mind,” “The Majestic,” “Vanilla Sky” and “Ocean’s 11” in the span of one month, and I’ve read the last verse of Bruce Springsteen’s “Land of Hope and Dreams” – pinned to one of the walls in my office cubicle - once a day. At the office Holiday party a woman sang “Oh Come, All Ye Faithful,” and I hugged everyone I hadn’t seen since September for at least five minutes each – and then I danced a few body parts clear off of my person. A friend and I were writing each other recently about the pain following the loss of a loved one. Everyone grieves in their own way, but what remains constant is that sometimes ruthlessly, the rest of the world moves forward in its evolution, regardless of the fact that for you, time has stopped. It seems unfair sometimes that even in the face of the world – your world – ending, Earth doesn’t take a breather and give you a few minutes or days to get your heart back inside of your chest. It seems a curse. But it’s a blessing. It’s a blessing that in the face of so much, Nanci and Bruce still write and sing, The New York City Ballet still dances, John still makes us laugh, and people still believe. So, I am taking the next step in the life of “Lullaby,” and I’m placing it in your hands with all the love and hope for its appreciation that I can muster. The world as many of us know it has ended and we may never fully understand why, but I would betray the Force behind my every inspiration if I didn’t allow this to completely evolve.

Yet There Isn T A Train I Wouldn T Take

Author: William D. Middleton
Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 9780253336996
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Yet There Isn T A Train I Wouldn T Take from the Author: William D. Middleton. Yet there isn't a train goes by all day But I hear its whistle shrieking.... Yet there isn't a train I wouldn't take, No matter where it's going. --Edna St. Vincent Millay, "Travel" "Yet there isn't a train I wouldn't take" is a collection of stories about favorite train journeys by an inveterate railway enthusiast and train traveler. A half century career as an engineer, Naval officer, and university administrator took Bill Middleton to almost every part of the globe, and everywhere he took with him an abiding interest in railways, and a notebook and camera to record his experiences. His North American journeys have included experiences as diverse as the long journey north through Manitoba to polar bear country on Hudson Bay, a trip to Minnesota's Mesabi Range to haul a boatload of iron ore to Lake Superior behind a giant Yellowstone articulated steam locomotive, and the trip between Costa Rica's Atlantic and Pacific coasts by narrow gauge railway. His European travels have ranged from a Pullman seat on the crack London-Paris Golden Arrow to the slow trip across Thrace on one of the last runs of the celebrated Simplon-Orient Express. In Asia he traveled through the Toros Mountains of Turkey on the famous Istanbul-Baghdad Toros Express, experienced modern high-speed railroading in the cab of Japan's Bullet Train, and rode to Asia's highest mountain east of the Himalayas on the little trains of Taiwan's Ali Shan Forestry Railway.