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Book Talk and Signing: Railroads of Rhode Island - Shaping the Ocean State's Railways
Monday, June 25, 2012
7:00 PM-8:15 PM
Cost: Free and Open to the Public
Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903
Barnard Room (3rd Floor)
Dominated by Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island's scenic coast is paralleled by the tracks of some of the oldest and now fastest railroads in the United States. With determination and ingenuity, early civil engineers overcame barriers such as the Great Swamp, which stretches from Kingston to Westerly. The state's key position at the intersection of trade routes and between the major population centers of New England also shaped the placement of its railroads, as well as their dynamic character.
Journey over the state's historic railways with longtime railroad historian and fan, Frank Heppner. From the Stonington Line to the Boston and Providence Railroad, speed along the pioneer tracks in Rhode Island.
About the Author: Frank Heppner was born to a railroad family. His father was a doctor for the Southern Pacific Railroad in San Francisco. He had his first train ride when he was three and he made his first scratch-built HO railroad car when he was 13 (he still has it). He’s ridden over 500,000 miles by rail in 23 different countries. As a graduate student, he talked his way into cab rides on the Shasta Daylight in California and the Super Chief through Raton Pass. Between train rides, he picked up a PhD in zoology from the University of California at Davis and taught first-year biology to over 25,000 students at the University of Rhode Island. He retired from this “day job” in 2010 after writing more than 60 scientific papers. He was a founding member of the Friends of the Kingston Station and is today its chairman. He is also active in the Rhode Island Association of Railroad Passengers and is a member of the Little Rhody Division of the National Model Railroad Association.
Book Sale and Signing to follow
Parking is available at the Providence Hilton Parking Garage: $3 / 3 hours.