• History

Florida East Coast Railway

Author: Seth H. Bramson
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 1467128775
Category: History
Page: 96
View: 3900
The benchmark for US railroad operations, the Florida East Coast (FEC) Railway is often referred to by other American railroads as the best-maintained and -operated railroad in the country. The FEC Railway can trace its lineage back to December 31, 1885, the day Henry M. Flagler purchased the Jacksonville, St. Augustine & Halifax River Railway. The FEC was known for its famous passenger trains, and the last scheduled FEC Railway passenger train ran on July 31, 1968, due to the work stoppage by the nonoperating unions that began on January 22, 1963. Although without passenger trains since 1968, the FEC's partner, All Aboard Florida, with its Brightline trains, will soon establish a new standard for privately operated rail passenger service in America. Today, caboose-less, the FEC operates numerous high-speed freight trains between Jacksonville and Miami.

    • Travel

Speedway to Sunshine

The Story of the Florida East Coast Railway
Author: Seth Bramson
Publisher: Boston Mills Press
ISBN: 9781550463583
Category: Travel
Page: 347
View: 4632
Provides a history of the Florida East Coast Railway, from its inception through 2001, including entrepreneur Henry Flagler's attempt to construct a railway that would connect Key West to the Florida mainland.

    • 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: 745
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.

    • Transportation

Florida's Great Ocean Railway

Author: Dan Gallagher
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 156164756X
Category: Transportation
Page: 208
View: 5918
The building of Henry Flagler's Florida East Coast Railway extension over water to Key West from 1905 to 1916 was s triumph of engineering and logistics. The Keys were remote and with little means of communication. The massive amounts of materials had to be moved with steam power. This book tells the story of the planners and their plan and its execution. It has 250 old photos, most of which have never been published before.

    • History

Florida Railroads in the 1920s

Author: Gregg Turner
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 9780738542324
Category: History
Page: 128
View: 3318
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

Railroad Depots of Central Florida

Author: Michael Mulligan
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 9780738553900
Category: History
Page: 127
View: 6358
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.

Annual Report ...

Author: Florida East Coast Railway
Publisher: N.A
Page: N.A
View: 1862

    • History

Last Train to Paradise

Henry Flagler and the Spectacular Rise and Fall of the Railroad that Crossed an Ocean
Author: Les Standiford
Publisher: Broadway Books
ISBN: 9781400051182
Category: History
Page: 288
View: 2070
The fast-paced and gripping true account of the extraordinary construction and spectacular demise of the Key West Railroad—one of the greatest engineering feats ever undertaken, destroyed in one fell swoop by the strongest storm ever to hit U.S. shores. In 1904, the brilliant and driven entrepreneur Henry Flagler, partner to John D. Rockefeller, dreamed of a railway connecting the island of Key West to the Florida mainland, crossing a staggering 153 miles of open ocean—an engineering challenge beyond even that of the Panama Canal. Many considered the project impossible, but build it they did. The railroad stood as a magnificent achievement for more than twenty-two years, heralded as “the Eighth Wonder of the World,” until its total destruction in 1935's deadly storm of the century. In Last Train to Paradise, Standiford celebrates this crowning achievement of Gilded Age ambition, bringing to life a sweeping tale of the powerful forces of human ingenuity colliding with the even greater forces of nature’s wrath.

    • Juvenile Nonfiction

Henry Flagler, Builder of Florida

Author: Sandra Wallus Sammons
Publisher: Pineapple Press Inc
ISBN: 1561644668
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 59
View: 4001
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 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

    • History

A Short History of Florida Railroads

Author: Gregg Turner
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 9780738524214
Category: History
Page: 160
View: 3389
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

A Journey Into Florida Railroad History

Author: Gregg M. Turner
Publisher: N.A
Category: History
Page: 283
View: 6883
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.

    • Transportation

Atlantic Coast Line Passenger Service

The Postwar Years
Author: Larry Goolsby,Charles Lawrence Goolsby
Publisher: Tlc Pub Incorporated
ISBN: 9781883089450
Category: Transportation
Page: 142
View: 4551
The story of the Atlantic Coast Line's wonderful postwar passenger trains is told in a readable narrative supported by scores of company publicity photos that depict the trains inside and out. This book not only covers the great New York-to-Florida streamliners, but also the locals and workaday passenger trains that crisscrossed the ACL system. Also featured are car and locomotive rosters, diagrams and drawings, and other material useful to modelers in constructing and painting ACL passenger cars.