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Praise for Iron Road West

“This latest work by Derek Hayes, author of the essential Historical Atlas of Vancouver and the Lower Fraser Valley, lays out the story of the province’s railway system in a big, glossy, highly readable hardcover. While the archival photos are guaranteed to thrill the trainspotter on your list, the old maps and documents Hayes has collected here create something that will fascinate anyone with an interest in how we arrived at our current point in history.” ~ Brian Lynch, The Georgia Straight

“It is obvious that Hayes is not only extremely knowledgeable in all aspects of railroading, but is also an accomplished photographer. Perfect composition, great lighting, and sharp focus are characteristic of his photographs, not all of which were taken under ideal conditions. Their skilful arrangement in the book is a feast for the eye.
Iron Road West: An Illustrated History of British Columbia’s Railways is not only a worthy addition to the reference library of the seasoned railway buff, but it also serves as an intriguing coffee table conversation prop for the amateur historian.” -BC Bookworld, Walter Volovsek, spring 2019

“Derek Hayes, a White Rock based geographer, is clearly a fan of railways big and small. He lovingly describes the design details of various locomotives and the engineering feats required to cross the Rockies and lay rails along the cliffs of the Fraser Canyon.
He does so in energetic, lucid prose that invites the reader to share his enthusiasm. And he doesn’t miss many of the human interest and colour elements of this history, including pitched battles between gangs of workers associated with competing rail lines.” ~ Tom Sandborn, Vancouver Sun, December 29, 2018