OK, so I've gone on a bit about how earlier eras' political and railroad cartoons seemed to be in decline as rail transportation decreased. But now trains, subways, and trolleys of all eras are showing up with great frequency in modern graphic novels -- especially the detective-style/noir genre stories.
Every week, I pick up a new novel to read and get pages full of beautifully illustrated trains. Due to tight bindings or online copies, most of these can't be scanned. So instead, please humor me while I stretch the limits of the original post (and the good graces of the original poster) and share a graphic novel of sorts for your viewing and reading pleasure.
I was just about to donate the following book to my library when I opened it to the page that said that it was dedicated to the Bangor and Aroostook Railroad. Well, THAT got my attention. I immediately sat down and read it. It went right on the shelf with my railroad books.
What a charming, illustrated railroad story! I'd read it decades ago when a Maine relative gave it to me as an example of "Maine"; I honestly didn't get it and never picked it up to read again. I won't reveal the ending involving a hot box, but this later edition has helpful footnotes to explain all the railroad terms and details like local attitudes about conductors on the BAR. My sister was right, it's got "Maine" written all over it -- literally. Apparently, some other RRs adapted the story but it doesn't say which ones.
Anyone else enjoy this little steam story with the cartoon-like illustrations?
Tomlinson Run Railroad