Railroads of Meridian
Author: J Parker Lamb
Publisher/Date: Indiana University Press (c. 2012) 1st Printing Series: Railroads Past and Present
Format/Condition: New hardcover book with dust jacket in 164 pages, index. Dimensions: 9 x 11 inches. Profusely illustrated in black-and-white with some in color.
Description: This generously illustrated narrative follows the evolution of dozens of separate railroads in the Meridian, Mississippi, area from the destruction of the town’s rail facilities in the 1850s through the current era of large-scale consolidation. Presently, there are only seven mega-size rail systems in the United States, three of which serve Meridian, making it an important junction on one of the nation's four major transcontinental routes.
The recent creation of a nationally prominent high-speed freight line between Meridian and Shreveport, the "Meridian Speedway," has allowed the Union Pacific, Kansas City Southern, and Norfolk Southern railroads to offer the shortest rail route across the continent for Asia-US-Europe transportation.