WorldCat Identities

Hofsommer, Donovan L.

Overview
Works: 39 works in 99 publications in 1 language and 6,152 library holdings
Genres: History  Pictorial works  Bibliography 
Roles: Author
Classifications: HE2791.S794, 385.06578
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works about Donovan L Hofsommer
 
Most widely held works by Donovan L Hofsommer
The Southern Pacific, 1901-1985 by Donovan L Hofsommer( Book )

5 editions published between 1985 and 2009 in English and held by 524 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Katy Northwest : the story of a branch line railroad by Donovan L Hofsommer( Book )

4 editions published between 1976 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 214 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Minneapolis and the age of railways by Donovan L Hofsommer( Book )

12 editions published between 2005 and 2012 in English and held by 171 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Railroads also provided efficient, long-distance transportation for hundreds of thousands of people who traveled via Minneapolis. The Milwaukee Road and Great Northern passenger terminals in Minneapolis were vibrant places - the heart of the city - pumping passengers, mail, and express parcels into the nation's steel-rail cardiovascular system." "Illustrated with more than 200 period photographs and maps detailing the city and the tracks that crossed it, this remarkable book reflects a time not so long ago when the locomotive dominated the landscape and set the tempo for the nation - the age of railways."--Jacket
The Quanah route : a history of the Quanah, Acme & Pacific Railway by Donovan L Hofsommer( Book )

3 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 163 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Tootin' Louie : a history of the Minneapolis & St. Louis Railway by Donovan L Hofsommer( Book )

10 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 154 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Minneapolis & St. Louis Railway (M & StL), affectionately known as the Tootin' Louie, was founded in 1870 to serve a Minneapolis business community threatened by powerful railway interests emerging from both Chicago and Milwaukee. Although its goal of providing a direct rail artery to St. Louis proved elusive, the M & StL became a 1,600-mile road that supplied essential freight and passenger carriage to the Midwest over its ninety-year existence. In The Tootin' Louie, railroad historian Don L. Hofsommer offers a comprehensive biography of the Minneapolis & St. Louis Railway and its Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota, and Illinois service areas from the dawn of the steamcar civilization into the post-World War II era. Incorporating an extraordinary collection of primary research documents, including station records and dispatchers' reports, Hofsommer brings the M & StL to life by vividly portraying the lives and times of the people involved in the railroad. His conversational style allows the reader to virtually see the workers, hear their stories, and sense their disappointments. The Tootin' Louie showcases the human dimension of railroading, emphasizing that the M & StL was long-lived primarily due to the loyalty of the communities and companies it served. Also a chronicle of business in the upper Midwest, this book reveals how the M & StL carried flour, lumber, even movie reels and beer between states and was often transportation for family reunions and other recreational excursions. Deeply connected to the Upper Midwest, the railroad company prospered and suffered with the communities it served. Essential reading for railway buffs and transportation historians nationwide, The Tootin' Louie is the ultimate guide to the M & StL and its place in an era of economic, social, and industrial change
Grand Trunk Corporation : Canadian national railways in the United States, 1971-1992 by Donovan L Hofsommer( Book )

2 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 130 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Steel trails of Hawkeyeland : Iowa's railroad experience by Donovan L Hofsommer( Book )

3 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A wide-ranging survey of Iowa's railroad experience, Steel Trails of Hawkeyeland offers a snapshot of a fascinating and critically important element in the state's history, and emphasizes the tight symbiotic relationship between Iowa and its railways. Packed with more than 250 photographs, this is a thorough and engaging book
Railroads of the trans-Mississippi West : a selected bibliography of books by Donovan L Hofsommer( Book )

6 editions published between 1973 and 1976 in English and held by 124 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The hook & eye : a history of the Iowa Central Railway by Donovan L Hofsommer( Book )

9 editions published between 2001 and 2005 in English and held by 118 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Analyzing the origins, growth, and eventual dismantling of the Iowa Central Railway, which traversed the state from Ackley to Zearing and Mason City to Marshalltown, Don Hofsommer examines how this unremarkable, "plain vanilla" railway was an example of the life cycle of the American railroad industry. The Hook & Eye had a close, interdependent relationship with its customers. Born in ambition but never rising far above its obscure origins, the Iowa Central eventually fell to outside competition from railroads based in greater metropolitan areas and was made part of the Minneapolis & St. Louis Railway in 1912."
Railroads in Oklahoma( Book )

1 edition published in 1977 in English and held by 118 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Minneapolis & St. Louis Railway : a photographic history by Donovan L Hofsommer( Book )

5 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 98 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Iowa's railroads : an album by H. Roger Grant( Book )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 95 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Railroads in the West( Book )

3 editions published between 1977 and 1978 in English and held by 88 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Includes information on the Union Pacific Railroad, etc
St. Louis Union Station : a place for people, a place for trains by H. Roger Grant( Book )

1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 59 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Iowa route : a history of the Burlington, Cedar Rapids & Northern railway by Donovan L Hofsommer( Book )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 52 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Prairie oasis : the railroads, steamboats, and resorts of Iowa's Spirit Lake country by Donovan L Hofsommer( Book )

1 edition published in 1975 in English and held by 45 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Off the main lines : a photographic odyssey by Donovan L Hofsommer( Book )

5 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this visually stunning and comprehensive photographic essay, railroad historian and photographer Donovan L. Hofsommer records the end of branchline passenger service, the demise of electric railroads, the transition from steam to diesel power, as well as the end of common carrier freight service on the Colorado narrow gauge. Off the Main Line carries readers along out-of-the-way railways in Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, Montana, and South Dakota to see the changes that occurred on these lines from the 1940s to the 1990s"--Provided by publisher
A history of the Iowa Central Railway : an abstract of a thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree Master of Arts by Donovan L Hofsommer( Book )

1 edition published in 1966 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Katy Northwest : a case study of branch line railroading by Donovan L Hofsommer( )

2 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Iowa's Railroads an Album by Donovan L Hofsommer( )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At one point in time, no place in Iowa was more than a few miles from an active line of rail track. In this splendid companion volume to Steel Trails of Hawkeyeland (IUP, 2005), H. Roger Grant and Don L. Hofsommer explore the pivotal role that railroads played in the urban development of the state as well as the symbiotic relationship Iowa and its rails shared. With more than 400 black-and-white photographs, a solid inventory of depots and locations, and new information that is sure to impress even the most well-versed railfan, this detailed history of the state's railroads-including the Ch
 
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Alternative Names
Hofsommer, Don L.

Hofsommer, Don L. 1938-

Hofsommer, Donovan 1938-

Hofsommer, Donovan L.

Hofsommer, Donovan Lowell 1938-

Languages
English (78)

Covers
Katy Northwest : the story of a branch line railroadMinneapolis and the age of railwaysThe Quanah route : a history of the Quanah, Acme & Pacific RailwayThe Tootin' Louie : a history of the Minneapolis & St. Louis RailwayGrand Trunk Corporation : Canadian national railways in the United States, 1971-1992Steel trails of Hawkeyeland : Iowa's railroad experienceThe hook & eye : a history of the Iowa Central RailwayThe Minneapolis & St. Louis Railway : a photographic historyIowa's railroads : an album