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'Waiting for the Cars' Tells Railroad History in 3D

Waiting for the Cars is a book featuring 218 photographs of the construction of the First Transcontinental Railroad presented as the photographer intended them to be seen—in full 3D stereoscopic format. Waiting for the Cars is published by the Nevada State Railroad Museum. 3D glasses are included.

Six sample pages are available here under with 3D pictures presented in red/cyan anaglyph format.

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The book

Waiting for the Cars features 218 photographs of the construction of the Central Pacific Railroad taken by Alfred A. Hart from 1865-1869. These images are presented as the photographer made them, in three dimensions, by viewing them through the included 3D glasses.

The text is by prominent Nevada railroad historian Wendell W. Huffman. These extensive captions evocatively explain whatever activity Hart may have recorded, and place what is seen in the context of the construction or early operation of the railroad. Some captions recount a subsequent event related to the location. Just as the railroad wound through a variety of landscapes, the subjects of the captions sometimes range far and wide, though they are all relate in some way to the scenes that Hart recorded.

The six sample pages are visible here and a virtual visit is available here (in panoramic 2D).


Visit WaitingForTheCars's web site. The book has also its own Facebook page.

Buy the book at the Nevada State Railroad Museum for 35$ (incl. shipping to US addresses).