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Professor’s history of Pennsylvania Railroad published by Penn Press

Pennsylvania Railroad

Dr. Al Churella, an associate professor in Social and International Studies, authored a history book, “The Pennsylvania Railroad, Volume 1: Building an Empire, 1846-1917,” to be published this fall by the University of Pennsylvania Press.

“Mining a treasure trove of archival material, Albert Churella has produced a monumental history of a singularly important institution,” wrote a fellow historian who reviewed the volume. “This work will be an invaluable resource, not only for railroad historians and those interested in the Pennsylvania Railroad and the regions it served. But for all students of American industrial history.”

A “masterful account, certain to become the authoritative history of the Pennsylvania Railroad,” said another reviewer of the 976-page tome.

More on the book and a podcast of a brief interview with Dr. Churella is available on the University of Pennsylvania Press website.