When L.A. Is the End of the Line


Trains changed the world, but then cars and planes came along, and they became a tertiary form of transportation, particularly in the U.S. But journalist and Chapman University English scholar Tom Zoellner—who passionately loves trains—believes that they still have the power to transform the world. Zoellner visits Zócalo to discuss whether trains have the power to change car-loving L.A. Below is an excerpt from his book Train: Riding the Rails That Created the Modern World—from the Trans-Siberian to the Southwest Chief.

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