1946 U.S. Railroad Atlas, Volume Two
Last year I covered the first volume in Richard Carpenter’s series of historical railroad atlases covering the United States in 1946. I actually got it for Christmas last year: because I’m not familiar with the mid-Atlantic states the first volume covers, I found it a bit overwhelming — the maps show just the rail lines and stations, along with county lines and rivers, on a white background, so they’re a little stark if you don’t know the area. (But they correspond to USGS grid maps, and it’s almost essential in some of the more track-crowded areas.)
Having said that, though, I reminded myself that if this had been done with, say, Canadian railroads, or another area with which I had more familiarity, I wouldn’t mind the lack of non-railroad features one bit. Case in point: my father, who’s entirely responsible for my interest in trains, and knows much more than I do, likes the book quite a bit — strangely enough, I gave it to him for Christmas at the same time as Jennifer gave it to me.