• History

A Short History of Florida Railroads


Author: Gregg Turner
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 9780738524214
Category: History
Page: 160
View: 2814
Florida's railroad heritage began in the 1830s amidst Native American upheaval and territorial colonization. Surpassing waterways as the primary mode of transport, the "Iron Horse" linked practically every town and city, carried tourists and locals, and ably conveyed the wealth of Florida's mines, factories, forests, groves, and farms. Nearly 175 years later, railroads still remain a dependable source of transport within the Sunshine State.

    • History

Florida Railroads in the 1920s


Author: Gregg Turner
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 9780738542324
Category: History
Page: 128
View: 8864
Florida's railroads emerged in the 1830s amid Native American upheaval and territorial colonization. Many periods of development marked this fascinating heritage, but one era towers above the rest: the 1920s. It was then that Florida experienced a colossal land boom, one of the greatest migration and building stories in American history. People poured into the state as never before, real estate traded hands at breakneck speed, and the landscape added countless new homes, hotels, apartments, and commercial buildings. Florida's biggest railroads--the Atlantic Coast Line, Seaboard Air Line, and Florida East Coast--were unprepared for the tidal wave of traffic. Thus, the "Big Three" had to rapidly expand and increase capacity. Dozens of projects unfolded at great cost, by one estimate over $100 million. When the building frenzy ended, the railway map of the state stood at its greatest extent--some 5,700 miles. Further, the frequency of railway service within and to the Sunshine State reached an unprecedented level, never again to be repeated.

    • History

A Journey Into Florida Railroad History


Author: Gregg M. Turner
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: History
Page: 283
View: 3721
Meticulously researched and richly illustrated--including many never-before-published images--A Journey into Florida Railroad History is a comprehensive, authoritative history of the subject. Written by one of the nation's foremost authorities on Florida railroads, it explores all the key players and companies, and every significant period of development. This engaging and lively story will be savored and enjoyed by generations to come.

    • Juvenile Nonfiction

Henry Flagler, Builder of Florida


Author: Sandra Wallus Sammons
Publisher: Pineapple Press Inc
ISBN: 1561644676
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 59
View: 2276
An exciting biography about the man who changed Florida's east coast with his hotels and his Florida East Coast Railway Henry Morrison Flagler was already a millionaire when he first visited Florida in 1878. He liked what he saw. He came back and built railroads along the east coast so that others could more easily travel there; And he built grand hotels so that those who came had a beautiful place to stay. By the end of his long and productive life, he had built a railroad all the way to the very end of the Florida Keys. It arrived in Key West in 1912. Henry Flagler was very determined and practical. He met all the great challenges he set for himself. "It is no exaggeration to say that Henry Flagler `invented' modern Florida. And, Henry Flagler, Builder of Florida provides a wonderful account of just how he did it." ---John M. Blades, Executive Director of the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum.

    • Business & Economics

Rails Through the Wiregrass

A History of the Georgia & Florida Railroad
Author: H. Roger Grant
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 223
View: 2212
Insights into social and economic conditions in the South from the late nineteenth century to the mid-twentieth century highlight an illustrated study of the Georgia & Florida Railroad, from its origins in 1906 to its bankruptcy during the Depression, and beyond, exploring its influence on the agricultural diversification and properity of the region.

    • History

Railroad Depots of Central Florida


Author: Michael Mulligan
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 9780738553900
Category: History
Page: 127
View: 8691
Railroads have served the northern counties of Central Florida since before the Civil War. Following the war, railroads expanded down the peninsula to bring transportation services to even more people and places throughout the region. By 1929, the railroad network in the state had reached its peak, with some communities being served by two or more railroad lines. Trains provided the means for growth and development, and the local depot was the focal point of every town throughout Florida's central region. Stretching across the middle section of the peninsula from coast to coast, the Central Florida area includes Levy, Gilchrist, Alachua, Putnam, and Volusia Counties to the north, while the counties of Sarasota, Desoto, Highland, Osceola, and Brevard define the southern boundary. Featuring depots of the Atlantic Coast Line, Seaboard Air Line, Florida East Coast, and their predecessor railroads, the photographs used by the author were obtained from local historical groups, the Florida State Archives, and private collections.

    • History

Maine Narrow Gauge Railroads


Author: Robert L. MacDonald
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 9780738511795
Category: History
Page: 128
View: 2843
The narrow gauge railroad arrived in the United States in the late nineteenth century. Based on the Welsh two-foot gauge, the American narrow gauge was expanded by railroad engineers to a three-foot gauge that became the standard track width for narrow gauge railroads in the United States. Maine, however, adopted the two-foot gauge that was developed by George E. Mansfield in Massachusetts. The narrow track width was ideally suited to the mountainous terrain, and the maneuverability of the trains proved highly beneficial to companies and passengers traveling to remote locations. The narrow gauge railroad served Maine for over fifty years until the early 1940s. Maine Narrow Gauge Railroads is a comprehensive pictorial record of the history of the narrow gauge railroad in Maine. From the one-hundred-twelve-mile Sandy River and Rangeley Lakes Railroad to the five-mile Kennebec Central, Maine Narrow Gauge Railroads features the toylike miniature trains of Maine as they appeared at different stages in their history. The Bridgton and Harrison Railroad, the Monson Railroad, and the Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington Railway lines are documented within, as well as the current restoration projects that are under way.

    • History

Finding Florida

The True History of the Sunshine State
Author: T. D. Allman
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
ISBN: 0802120768
Category: History
Page: 528
View: 6663
Offers a comprehensive look at the history of the state of Florida, from its discovery, exploration, and settlement through its becoming a state, to notable events in the early twenty-first century.

    • History

Scranton Railroads


Author: David Crosby
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 9780738565187
Category: History
Page: 127
View: 3843
Founded as a small iron-making community, Scranton gained prominence as the "anthracite capital of the world" for the rich deposits of hard coal surrounding the city. Five railroads eventually served Scranton, attracted by the lucrative anthracite trade. The viability of these lines became directly linked to the coal industry, and the decline of this traffic in the 1950s had a devastating impact on the railroad industry in the northeastern United States. Following decades of decline, abandonments, and mergers, an unparalleled resurgence of freight traffic coupled with the development of "heritage railroading" has transformed Scranton into a destination for tourists and rail historians alike.

    • Travel

Hidden History of Florida


Author: James C. Clark
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 1625855109
Category: Travel
Page: 144
View: 7902
Florida has a history as diverse as its residents. And much of that is still hidden. Since the arrival of the Spanish in 1513, the state has played host to strange stories. A heartbroken senator entered a mental institution over unrequited love for an heiress. Thousands of British pilots trained in flight schools across the state. And the true, and darker, story of Pocahontas is linked with the “first barbecue.” Author and historian James C. Clark unearths a history hidden beneath swamps and sand for years.

    • Photography

The Greatest Railroad Story Ever Told

Henry Flagler & the Florida East Coast Railway's Key West Extension
Author: Seth H. Bramson
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 1625844530
Category: Photography
Page: 160
View: 815
Although several people had considered constructing a railroad to Key West beginning in the early 1800s, it took a bold industrialist with unparalleled vision to make it happen. In 1902, Henry Flagler made the decision to extend the Florida East Coast Railway to "the nearest deepwater American port." In this book, renowned Florida historian Seth H. Bramson reveals how the Key West Extension of the Flagler-owned FEC became the greatest railroad engineering and construction feat in U.S., and possibly world, history, an accomplishment that would cement Flagler's fame and legend for all time. Join Bramson as he recounts the years of operation of this great railroad, what it did for the Florida Keys and what it meant to the resident conchs.

    • History

The History of Florida


Author: Michael Gannon
Publisher: University Press of Florida
ISBN: 9780813064017
Category: History
Page: 568
View: 4186

    • History

Erie Lackawanna

The Death of an American Railroad, 1938-1992
Author: H. Roger Grant
Publisher: Stanford University Press
ISBN: 9780804727983
Category: History
Page: 308
View: 7163
This 50-year saga of the "Weary Erie" describes in vivid detail the turbulent last decades of a colorful, spunky, and innovative railroad. It also tells us much about what happened to American railroading, during this period: technological change, governmental over-regulation, corporate mergers, union "featherbedding," uneven executive leadership, and changing patterns of travel and business. The book is illustrated with 45 photographs and drawings and 4 maps.

Union Pacific Railroad


Author: Brian Solomon
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781610605595
Category:
Page: N.A
View: 5895

    • Transportation

North American Locomotives

A Railroad-by-Railroad Photohistory
Author: Brian Solomon
Publisher: Voyageur Press
ISBN: 1610586859
Category: Transportation
Page: 288
View: 5363
Spanning more than one and a half centuries, this treasure trove examines the steam, diesel, and electric locomotives that have have kept North American commerce on the rails since the middle of the nineteenth centuty. Prolific rail author Brian Solomon takes an encyclopedic approach and describes every major type. And because locomotive-building has long been a made-to-order business, the book is arranged alphabetically by railroads from across the United States and Canada to show the variant technologies that railroads ordered to best suit their specific needs, whether for freight or passenger operations. The 75-plus railroads covered range from the best known historical lines such as Canadian Pacific, Santa Fe, Union Pacific, and Baltimore & Ohio, to today’s giant Class I roads, commuter lines, and selected short lines. The result is a profusely illustrated and beautifully presented reference guide that features more than 400 locomotive gems from throughout the ages, including historic machines such as New York Central’s J3a Hudsons, Pennsylvania Railroad’s GG1 electrics, and EMD’s classic E- and F-Units, to today’s most powerful modern diesels. All the major builders—past and present—are represented, including such heavyweights as Baldwin, Alco, Lima, EMD, GE, and more.

    • History

Tales of Old Florida


Author: Frank Oppel
Publisher: Castle Books
ISBN: 9781555212254
Category: History
Page: 480
View: 1678
One hundred years ago, Florida was a wilderness of swamp and beach, dense forest and abundant wild game. Undiscovered, except for a few pioneer sportsmen and hearty farmers and ranchers, the state was still a frontier. True, a few towns flourished on the fishing and the Caribbean trade, but it was generally a sleepy place, far removed from the later boom of the 1920s. Here is a collection of original articles and stories of the old Florida, of hunters and Indians, the development of the sportsman's paradise, the vast canvas of nature prior to the coming of the condominium. Illustrated with rare drawings, photographs and engravings, this book will recreate a paradise that can never be again.

    • History

Rival Rails

The Race to Build America's Greatest Transcontinental Railroad
Author: Walter R. Borneman
Publisher: Random House Incorporated
ISBN: 1400065615
Category: History
Page: 406
View: 2739
From wagon ruts to railroad empire, the author of Polk writes an expansive account of the battle to control the heavily contested transportation corridors of the American Southwest and to build America's greatest transcontinental route, in a book that includes archival photos and 30 maps.

    • History

The Swamp

The Everglades, Florida, and the Politics of Paradise
Author: Michael Grunwald
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0743251075
Category: History
Page: 480
View: 7555
A history of the Everglades traces its emergence from the sea after the last ice age to its modern role as the world's largest ecosystem restoration project, an account marked by such events as Napoleon Bonaparte Borward's 1904 gubernatorial campaign, railroad and agricultural developments by the Army Corps of Engineers, and numerous political challenges. Reprint. 35,000 first printing.

    • Transportation

New York Central Railroad


Author: Brian Solomon,Mike Schafer
Publisher: Voyageur Press
ISBN: 9780760329283
Category: Transportation
Page: 160
View: 9855
For decades the New York Central reigned as one of Americas most important railroads. Beginning with the 1853 consolidation of a group of fledgling railways that formed a route from Buffalo to Albany, the New York Central grew into a powerhouse transportation company with more than 10,000 route miles. This illustrated history of the railroad that grew to power under the Vanderbilt dynasty covers every aspect of the New York Central through its 1968 merger with longtime rival Pennsylvania Railroad and the eventual merger of Penn Centrals successor, Conrail, into Norfolk Southern and CSX. Along the way, readers are treated to a selection of archival photographs, commissioned route maps, period ads, and timetables detailing all of New York Centrals operations--steam and diesel, freight and passenger--not to mention associated icons like Grand Central Terminal, the legendary Henry Dreyfuss shrouded Hudson steam locomotives, the Water Level Route, and the 20th Century Limited passenger trains. Prolific railway author Brian Solomon sources 150 evocative photographs, promotional materials, and postcards not included in the previous edition to deliver a nostalgic and colorful look at the New York Central. In addition, there are four specially commissioned maps.

    • History

A Journey Into Florida Railroad History


Author: Gregg M. Turner
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: History
Page: 283
View: 9542
Meticulously researched and richly illustrated--including many never-before-published images--A Journey into Florida Railroad History is a comprehensive, authoritative history of the subject. Written by one of the nation's foremost authorities on Florida railroads, it explores all the key players and companies, and every significant period of development. This engaging and lively story will be savored and enjoyed by generations to come.