Rail Serve hosts an extensive list of links to other Web resources on railroads.
Burlington Route Historical Society
Located in La Grange, Illinois, the Burlington Route Historical Society is devoted to preserving the legacy of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad.
The Flying Yankee
This site is devoted to the history and renovation of the New England streamliner, the Flying Yankee.
The Transcontinental Railroad as the Internet of 1869 (need login)
A 1999 New York Times review of Empire Express: Building the First Transcontinental Railroad by David Haward Bain, this article offers a wealth of information about 19th-century railroad history. There is also a link to an excerpt from the book.
The Pioneer Zephyr
The Museum and Science and Industry gives visitors a chance to learn about the Burlington's first streamliner inside and out.
Stainless Steel Appeal: All Things Bright and Beautiful
Maintained by the British organization Stainless Steel Appeal, this site provides a host of features on the substance that is often taken for granted in daily life. A highlight of the site is a timeline of the history of stainless steel, from 1913 to the present.
Union Pacific: The Official Union Pacific Railroad Website
Thorough and informative, this site details the history of the Union Pacific, from its beginnings to the current day. Of particular interest is "Facts, Figures & History," which contains an extensive collection of photographs taken throughout the UP's history. For fun, visit "It's Just Railroad Talk," and learn the lexicon of the men and women who work the rails.
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Goddard, Stephen B. Getting There: The Epic Struggle Between Road and Rail in the American Century. New York: Basic Books, 1994.
Grun, Bernard. The Timetables of History. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1991.
Kisor, Henry. Zephyr: Tracking a Dream Across America. New York: Times Books, 1994.
Klein, Maury. Unfinished Business: The Railroad in American Life. Hanover, N.H.: University Press of New England, 1994.
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Overton, Richard C. Burlington Route: A History of the Burlington Lines. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., 1965.
Reutter, Mark. "The Lost Promise of the American Railroads." American Railroads (Winter 1994): 10-35.
Stover, John F. American Railroads. The Chicago History of American Civilization, edited by Daniel J. Boorstein. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1961.
The story behind the development of the oral contraceptive that put women in control of birth control.
The Pennsylvania Railroad Company accomplished an enormous engineering feat, but destroyed a great architectural monument.
During World War II, more than a thousand women signed up to fly with the U.S. military as WASPS.
At the height of segregation, an unlikely alliance between a black medical genius and a white surgeon led to a pioneering medical breakthrough.
In 1960, Francis Gary Powers' U-2 spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union.
Begun during the Civil War, the transcontinental railroad employed 20,000 men, mostly immigrants, who built the iron road with their bare hands.
Engineer James Eads tamed the mighty Mississippi, turning New Orleans into the second largest port in the nation.
Though first seen only as an expensive luxury, Alexander Graham Bell's telephone soon transformed American life and became a necessity.