The story of railroad bridges, in the United States and Canada, is also a part of the history of the development of railroads in North America. This book describes in word and picture the various types of railroad bridges such as stone viaducts, suspension bridges, wood and steel truss bridges, steel girder bridges, concrete bridges, and swing, bascule, and vertical lift bridges.
This book is written for laymen, rather than engineering types, who find bridges a fascinating subject. Also the model railroader will find this book of interest when researching bridges for his layout.
Foreword, pp. 9-10;
Bridge Types, pp. 11-16;
Monuments in Stone, pp. 17-40;
It Started With a Kite, pp. 41-50;
The Eads Bridge, pp. 51-56;
The Truss: Geometry at Work, pp. 57-108;
Those Beautiful Arch Bridges, pp. 109-120;
Bridges That Move, pp. 121-140;
Bridges on Stilts: Trestles and Girders, pp. 141-166;
Concrete Bridges, pp. 167-180;
Kate Shelley, pp. 181-186;
New Bridges for Old, pp. 187-196;
Appendix, pg. 197;
Bibliography, pp. 198-200;
Index, pp. 201-204;
Bridge Plans, 205-208.
Golden West Books, hardcover with jacket, 208 pages, 300 illustrations, bibliography, index.