Railroaders without Borders
A History of the Railroad Development Corporation
By H. Roger Grant.
Cloth with dust jacket, 7x10", 256 pages, 64 b/w illustrations, 9 maps. 2015.
"H. Roger Grant has brought his considerable research and writing skills to the story of a unique and exotic present-day railroad enterprise that spans an area from the American Great Plains, to the Andes, to the Zambezi River, and the Baltic Sea–with postscripts in Colombia, Germany, and France. Keeping up with the Railroad Development Company's multiple management and rail acquisition ventures–including all their inevitable political, cultural, and operational challenges – is not easy, but Grant handles them deftly and clearly. Some of those ventures were successful, some not, but each invariably makes for fascinating reading." —Herbert H. Harwood, Jr., author of The Railroad That Never Was: Vanderbilt, Morgan, and the South Pennsylvania Railroad.
"For over 25 years, the creatively led Railroad Development Corporation (RDC) has rejuvenated a series of down-and-out and even defunct railroads. Launched in 1987 by Henry Posner III, this investment and management company has demonstrated that it is possible both to have a conscience and to earn a profit in today's railroad industry.
"With ventures on four continents, RDC has created an admirable record of long-term commitments, respect for local cultures, and protection of the public interest. H. Roger Grant presents a firsthand look at this unique business operation and its triumphs and disappointments.
"H. Roger Grant is Kathryn and Calhoun Lemon Professor of History at Clemson University. He is author of over 30 books, including