Jim Frederickson 160 pages softcover
Packed with spectacular photographs and a trainman’s vivid memories,
Railscapes is an exceptional album, filled with the author’s unbounded
enthusiasm, love, and respect for the whole world of trains. Once again,
Jim Fredrickson opens the shutter wide on more than six decades of
American railroading, and offers insider’s insights on the business of
moving men and materials via the great steel ribbons that connected the
Pacific Northwest with the rest of the world.
For 38 years, the author worked for the Northern Pacific in
Washington state as a telegraph operator-a “brasspounder”, and as a
dispatcher. He had the good fortune to work and travel in some of the
most beautiful territory in the United States, and his camera covered it
all – from the Bitterroot Mountains of Montana and Idaho, to the
Cascade Range of Washington, to the coastal region of Puget Sound.
Wherever he’s been, since his teens, Fredrickson has been ready to
capture by a click both ordinary workhorse trains as well as any
special, magnificent, vintage, or futuristic trains he could get near.
Arranged thematically from his immense collection of railroad images,
Railscapes features more of his favorite photographs, with sections on
train wrecks; special and futuristic trains; the last of the steam
engines; depots; railroad folks; and more.