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Trains changed the world–can they do it again?

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TRAIN: Riding the Rails That Created the Modern World—from the Trans-Siberian to the Southwest Chief takes a global inventory of an indispensable mode of transportation: the railroad. Weaving the history of this mammoth technological innovation into the entertaining story of an actual rail journey he took around the world, Zoellner chronicles how trains truly changed civilization. From the birth of the locomotive in Cornwall, England, to traveling along the frozen trans-Siberian railroad with a past as dark as the arctic sky, and crisscrossing the antiquated yet magnificent Indian Railways, the world’s eighth largest employer, TRAIN examines not just the mechanics of these grandiose machines, but the impact on the societies through which they run. So much of what constitutes “America,”…

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