Land Transportation

Cars, Trains, Things with Wheels and Even Legs!

You wouldn't believe how much material I have that will eventually go onto this index! I have a great many coloring books related to cars, trucks and trains, and some lovely picture books and histories of the same. I will also include horse and buggy, bicycles, and even walking if their use as transportation is the focus of the book, plus roads, bridges and so on.

The surprising aspect may be just how many fictional books were written with any of these types of land transporation as the theme or part of the theme, or at least where it plays an important role. This will also include roads, bridges, etc.. In The Magnificent Ambersons, the Industrial Revolution, especially the manufacture of automobiles to replace horse and buggy is an important theme. The development of the railway system is even more fascinating. InThe Money Changers, it is the greed surrounding certain railroad stocks that played an important role in the stock market crash of 1907. It is believed the man who masterminded this crash represented in real life J. P. Morgan, who, in fact, made much of his initial wealth through manipulation of railroad stocks. The Octopus is another fictional book whose theme is about the greed surrounding emerging railway systems in the United States. And not only here. In Dostoyevsky's The Idiot one of the main characters, Lebedyev, who believes himself to be an expert on the Apocolypse, says that "the star that is called Wormwood" refers to the railway system throughout Europe because of its evil effect on society. Even though that point was an extremely small one, it was profound, nonetheless, so I included that novel on this page.

Now, of course, most novels include transportation, but it is only when the form of transportation is a main theme, as mentioned above, that the book will be included on this list. And that also includes non-fiction. If you are looking for transportation by water, that's on the Pirates, Seafarers, Travel by Water Index and travel by air will be found on Sun, Moon, and Stars Index.

Fiction with Land Transportation Themes

Trains/Railway

Captains Courageous
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
The Great Train Robbery
The Idiot
Mayhem in B-Flat
The Money Changers
Nostromo
The Song of the Lark
Winesburg, Ohio

Cars

Alexander's Bridge
The Magnificent Ambersons

Horse, Donkey, Mule, etc.

Death Comes for the Archbishop
The Forsyte Saga (later, Cars)
Nostromo
A Sentimental Journey
The Story of the Champions of the Round Table
The Tragedy of the Korosko (Donkeys and Camels)

Feet!

The Cat of Bubastes: A Tale of Ancient Egypt
Jamaica Inn (Feet and Horses)
Kim (Feet, Horses and Trains)
The Mystery of the Sea (and Bicycles)
Narcissus and Goldmund
The Old Curiosity Shop (Feet and Pony)
The Pellucidar Series (Feet and Dinosaurs!)
Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc (Feet and Horses)

Collections with at least one Land Transportation Story

Classic Ghost Stories by Wilkie Collins. . . and Others
The Encantadas and Other Stories

Highway Bridge over the Rhine (1901), Worms, Germany

Non-Fiction and Pictorial Histories/Art

Nickel Plate Road  #779

Trains/Railway

The Shame of the Cities

Walking

Far Off Things

Coloring Books

Cadillac “H” Limousine, 1907

All Land Transportation

Bridges of the World
Cars
Classic Cars of the Fifties
Luxury Cars




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