Locomotive (Caldecott Medal Book)

Locomotive (Caldecott Medal Book)

Brian Floca

Language: English

Pages: 64

ISBN: 1416994157

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


The Caldecott Medal Winner, Sibert Honor Book, and New York Times bestseller Locomotive is a rich and detailed sensory exploration of America’s early railroads, from the creator of the stunning (Booklist) Moonshot.

It is the summer of 1869, and trains, crews, and family are traveling together, riding America’s brand-new transcontinental railroad. These pages come alive with the details of the trip and the sounds, speed, and strength of the mighty locomotives; the work that keeps them moving; and the thrill of travel from plains to mountain to ocean.

Come hear the hiss of the steam, feel the heat of the engine, watch the landscape race by. Come ride the rails, come cross the young country!

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the left, the mountains stay to the right, the train never meets them head on. It winds between, it weaves among, instead of climbing over. Still up, up, the two engines chug. Working together they make the grade, they make it to Sherman station. Ask your neighbors nicely, “Would you move your elbow?” “Will you move your foot?” “Could you please stop snoring?” In the dark the country is changing. The plains rise like a ramp to the foot of the Rockies. It may not look or feel so high, like the

their waitstaffs of courteous, educated (and single) young women—the “Harvey girls.” From the 1870s forward, Harvey Houses would help make meals a highlight of travel, rather than a source of concern. The crews who ran the trains also saw improvements. In the engine cabs, new gauges made it easier for crews to watch the water level in the boiler, and George Westinghouse’s air brakes helped trains to stop more reliably and ended the need for brakemen to go from car to car turning brakes. (This was

Westward by Rail: A Journey to San Francisco and Back and a Visit to the Mormons by W. Fraser Rae, from 1871; Out West on the Overland Train: Across-the-Continent Excursion with Leslie’s Magazine in 1877 and the Overland Trip in 1967 by Frank Leslie and Richard Reinhardt, which presents accounts by Leslie of traveling west by rail in 1877 alongside accounts of the same route as it appeared to Reinhardt ninety years later; and Riding the Transcontinental Rails: Overland Travel on the Pacific

other, each company striving to the very end to push the junction of the lines as far as it can in its direction of travel. Finally, Promontory Summit, Utah, is selected as the meeting point. On May 10, 1869, close to five years ahead of the deadline, the two lines are joined with a golden spike. Regular service on the transcontinental railroad begins on May 15. Travel from Omaha to Sacramento is reduced to as few as four days; a trip from coast to coast takes about a week. Great Plains Om ah

other, each company striving to the very end to push the junction of the lines as far as it can in its direction of travel. Finally, Promontory Summit, Utah, is selected as the meeting point. On May 10, 1869, close to five years ahead of the deadline, the two lines are joined with a golden spike. Regular service on the transcontinental railroad begins on May 15. Travel from Omaha to Sacramento is reduced to as few as four days; a trip from coast to coast takes about a week. Great Plains Om ah

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