This gem of a book is a workhorse that covers railway and local histories, economics, heritage and tourism.
Rails to the Atlantic is organized into nine quick, easy-to-read chapters that can be read chronologically or zeroed in on for local references. Each chapter lays out the background then digs into specific places and topics. This includes everything from the construction of bridges, tunnels and trestles, to the function and style of stations, plus profiles of railway towns, the history of iconic railway hotels from Charlottetown to Quebec, and myriad other elements required to operate the dozens of successful railways that served the five Eastern provinces.
Additional information about train tours, and stations that have been converted into museums, restaurants and cafes, expands this history tome into guidebook territory. Rails to the Atlantic should be of interest to rail and history buffs, cyclists, hikers, and even those interested in economic development.
Rails to the Atlantic: Exploring the Railway Heritage of Quebec and The Atlantic Provinces
by Ron Brown
$29.95, paperback, 144 pages
Dundurn Press, August 2015