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Images of Rail: Union Station in Washington DC

By August 16, 2011

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I'm pleased to share the news with you that my first book, Images of Rail: Union Station in Washington DC, has been published by Arcadia Publishing and is now available online and at retail bookstores. This 128-page book tells the history of Union Station and rail transportation in the capital region.

As I tell readers on the book's back cover: "The history of Union Station is a fascinating story. In 1907, Washington's train station was built as part of the McMillan Plan to create a monumental gateway to the nation's capital. Its construction made space for and shaped the development of the National Mall. The building is considered to be one of the finest examples of the Beaux-Arts style of architecture and today is the most visited destination in Washington with over 32 million visitors a year. Over the past century, Union Station has evolved into a transportation hub, an upscale shopping mall and a venue for international exhibits and cultural events. The author of "Images of Rail: Washington's Union Station" has selected the best images from a variety of sources to document how the construction of Union Station transformed the nation's capital and expanded rail service along the east coast."

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  • Comments

    August 16, 2011 at 8:20 am
    (1) Sandy says:

    Congratulations! Best of luck with your book sales.

    August 28, 2011 at 8:32 am
    (2) Bea Querido says:

    Congratulations Rachel. This is great! We will be ordering a few for us and friends.

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