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NARROW GAUGE RAILROADS comprise an important chapter in the
development of transportation systems in the United States, North America,
and, indeed, worldwide. Hundreds of slim gauge carriers reached into remote
and undeveloped regions, connecting them to the rest of the nation.|
These railroads extracted vital raw materials for the national economy, and in return brought civilization—people and goods—to the regions they served. Many were built to exploit booms in mineral wealth or forest products, but continued to serve their remote communities long after the boom days were over.
Now this unique slice of history is in danger of being forgotten. Most of the railroads have been scrapped. Through the efforts of authors, photographers, museums, and preservation groups, a handful of narrow gauge artifacts and operations remain today. But there needs to be accessible exhibits where the public can learn the story of narrow gauge in a coherent, comprehensive, and entertaining manner.
The Narrow Gauge Preservation Foundation seeks to establish such places, and to ensure that the narrow gauge story will be told for many decades to come.
And to do that, we need your help . . .
Support NGPF efforts to preserve, educate and entertain by purchasing a copy of either or both of Sam Furukawa's books, Cumbres & Toltec and Durango & Silverton.
Now On DVD! The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad From Trackside. Video footage by Sam Furukawa. 38 minutes.
Additional information and an order form can be found by clicking on the book cover. All profits from the sale of this book are used for NGPF programs.
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