The Transcontinental Railroad

The Transcontinental Railroad

A History of Railroad Technology


Ambrose, Stephen E. Nothing Like it in the World: The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2000.

American Journal of Railway Appliances. New York: American Railway Pub. Co., 1883.

Beebe, Lucius. Mr. Pullman's Elegant Palace Car. New York: Doubleday, 1961.

Bianculli, Anthoony J. Trains and Technology: The American Railroad in the Nineteenth Century. Vol. 1-4. Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2001.

Bowles, Samuel. Our New West. Records of Travel Between the Mississippi River and the Pacific Ocean.  Hartford: Hartford Publishing Co.; New York, J.D. Dennison [etc., etc.] 1869.

Brown, William H. The History of the First Locomotives in America: From Original Documents and the Testimony of Living Witnesses. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1871.

Bruce, Alfred W. The Steam Locomotive in America, Its Development in the Twentieth Century. New York: Norton, 1952.

Cadbury, Deborah. Dreams of Iron and Steel: Seven Wonders of the Nineteenth Century, from the Building of the London Sewers to the Panama Canal. New York: Harper Collins, 2004.

Clarke, Thomas C., et al. The American Railway: Its Construction, Development, Management, and Appliances. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1889.

Cooley, Thomas McIntyre, and Thomas Curtis Clarke. The American Railway; Its Construction, Development, Management, and Appliances. New York: C. Scribner’s sons, 1889.

Davis, John P. The Union Pacific Railway; a Study in Railway Politics, History, and Economics. Chicago: S. C. Griggs and Company, 1894.

Dickinson, H.W. and Arthur Titley. Richard Trevithick: The Engineer and the Man. London: Cambridge University Press, 1934.

Dodge, Grenville M. How We Built the Union Pacific Railway and Other Railway Papers and Addresses. Iowa: Monarch Printing Co., 1866.

Engineering. London: Office for Advertisements and Publication, 1866.

Gillet, James. National Car Builder. New York: N.p., 1870.

Hogben, Lancelot T.  Science for the Citizen: A Self-educator Based on the Social Background of Scientific Discovery.  New York: A.A. Knopf, 1938.

Husband, Joseph. The Story of the Pullman Car. New York: Arno Press, 1972.

Kennedy, William Sloane. Wonders and Curiosities of the Railway; or, Stories of the Locomotive in Every Land. Chicago: S.C. Griggs and Company, 1884.

Knight, Edward H. Knight's American Mechanical Dictionary, a Description of Tools, Instruments, Machines, Processes, and Engineering; History of Inventions; General Technological Vocabulary; and Digest of Mechanical Appliances in Science and the Arts. New York: J.B. Ford and Company, 1874. 

Krause, George. High Road to Promontory: Building the Central Pacific (now the Southern Pacific) Across the High Sierra. Palo Alto: American West Publishing, 1969.

Lamb, J. Parker. Perfecting the American Steam Locomotive. Bloomington: Indiana Univeristy Press, 2003.

McCague, James. Moguls and Iron Men: The Story of the First Transcontinental Railroad. New York: Harper & Row, 1964.

Railroad Gazette. New York: Railroad gazette., 1870. 

Railway Reporter. Pittsburgh: Railway Reporter Company, 1880.

Railway Review. Chicago: [W. A. Smith], 1879.

Rolt, L.T.C. The Railway Revolution: George and Robert Stephenson. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1960.

Routledge, Robert. Discoveries and Inventions of the Nineteenth Century. London: George Routledge and Sons, 1876.

Sabin, Edwin L. Building the Pacific Railway: The Construction Story of America's First Iron Thoroughfare Between the Missouri River and California... Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1919.

Sinclair, Angus. Development of the Locomotive Engine, A History of the Growth of the Locomotive from Its Most Elementary Form. Cambridge: MIT Press, 1907.

Smiles, Samuel. Life of George Stephenson, Railway Engineer. Columbus: Follett, Foster and Company, 1859.

Stephenson, Robert and Joseph Locke. Report to the Directors of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway: Observations on the Comparative Merits of Locomotive and Fixed and Engines as Applied to Railways... Philadelphia: Carey and Lea, 1831.

Stover, John F., "One gauge: how hundreds of incompatible railroads became a national system." American Heritage of Invention & Technology, v. 8 (3), 1993. P. 54-61.

Stretton, Clement E. The Locomotive Engine and Its Development: A Popular Treatise on the Gradual Improvements Made in Railway Engines Between 1803 and 1903. London: Crosby Lockwood, 1903.

Strickland, William. Reports on Canals, Railways, Roads, and Other Subjects. Philadelphia: H. C. Carey & I. Lea, -Chesnut Street., 1826. 

Talbot, F.A. Railway Wonders of the World. London: Cassell and Company, 1913-1914.

The Railroad and Engineering Journal. New York: M. N. Forney, 1887.

The Street Railway Review. Chicago: Wilson Co., 1891. 

Thompson, Slason. A Short History of American Railways Covering Ten Decades. Chicago: Bureau of Railway News and Statistics, 1925.

Thurston, Robert H. A History of the Growth of the Steam Engine. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1878.

Trevithick, Francis. Life of Richard Trevithick, with an Account of His Inventions. London: E. & F.N. Spon, 1872. 

Trottman, Nelson. A History of the Union Pacific: A Financial and Economic Survey. New York: The Ronald Press Company, 1923.

Van Gelder, Arthur Pine, and Hugo. Schlatter. History of the Explosives Industry in America. New York: Columbia university press, 1927. 

White, John H., Jr. American Locomotives, an Engineering History, 1830-1880.  Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1968.

White, John H., Jr. The American Railroad Passenger Car. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1978.

Information and images were also gleaned from railroad periodicals from the Linda Hall Library Digital Collections.