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UI Press reissues 'Living in the Depot'

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- At a time when "home office" has taken on new meaning for many Americans, the University of Iowa Press has reissued a highly praised look at early railway stations that doubled as homes for their stationmasters.

"Living in the Depot: The Two-Story Railroad Station," by H. Roger Grant, explores the architectural and social dimensions of the national phenomena of housing railroad agents where they were needed most: at trackside, upstairs from the depot.

The book, which contains more than 150 photographs of such "home offices," is now available in paperback.

The Journal of Transport History praised the book when it was originally published in 1993.

"The author ... deserves thanks for rescuing the menial railway depot from oblivion or unrecognizable gentrification," the journal's review said. "His efforts will reward more than just North American railway buffs and architectural historians. Part of the book's wider significance is that it is a reminder of the value of visual and oral material as part of transport's historical record."

H. Roger Grant, a leading scholar of railroad history, has published several books on railroading, including "Postcards in the Age of Steam" (Iowa, 1994). He is the editor of "Railroad History" and professor of history at Clemson University.

"Living in the Depot" is available at bookstores nationwide for $14.95 in paperback. The book can also be ordered from UI Press by calling (319) 384-3808 (for calls within Johnson County) or 1-800-235-2665 (outside Johnson County).

Information is also available at the UI Press website: