• Transportation

The Great Railroad Revolution

The History of Trains in America
Author: Christian Wolmar
Publisher: PublicAffairs
ISBN: 1610391802
Category: Transportation
Page: 448
View: 5916
America was made by the railroads. The opening of the Baltimore & Ohio line––the first American railroad––in the 1830s sparked a national revolution in the way that people lived thanks to the speed and convenience of train travel. Promoted by visionaries and built through heroic effort, the American railroad network was bigger in every sense than Europe’s, and facilitated everything from long-distance travel to commuting and transporting goods to waging war. It united far-flung parts of the country, boosted economic development, and was the catalyst for America’s rise to world-power status. Every American town, great or small, aspired to be connected to a railroad and by the turn of the century, almost every American lived within easy access of a station. By the early 1900s, the United States was covered in a latticework of more than 200,000 miles of railroad track and a series of magisterial termini, all built and controlled by the biggest corporations in the land. The railroads dominated the American landscape for more than a hundred years but by the middle of the twentieth century, the automobile, the truck, and the airplane had eclipsed the railroads and the nation started to forget them. In The Great Railroad Revolution, renowned railroad expert Christian Wolmar tells the extraordinary story of the rise and the fall of the greatest of all American endeavors, and argues that the time has come for America to reclaim and celebrate its often-overlooked rail heritage.

    • Transportation

History of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad

Author: John F. Stover
Publisher: Purdue University Press
ISBN: 9781557530660
Category: Transportation
Page: 419
View: 918
The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad was the first common carrier railroad in America. As an economic historian, Stover tells the history of the B & O from its beginnings in 1928, and through the dark times of this country's economic growth and downswings. He examines the programs undertaken by the company throughout its history to improve its lines, equipment, and service.

    • History

A Journey Into Florida Railroad History

Author: Gregg M. Turner
Publisher: N.A
Category: History
Page: 283
View: 8722
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

The Rail Lines of Northern New England

A Handbook of Railroad History
Author: Robert M. Lindsell,Ronald Dale Karr
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780942147063
Category: Transportation
Page: 414
View: 2614

    • History

Encyclopedia of western railroad history

the desert states, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah
Author: Donald B. Robertson
Publisher: Caxton Printers Ltd
Category: History
Page: 318
View: 9721

    • History


A Railroad History
Author: Edward W. Duffy
Publisher: Camino Books Incorporated
ISBN: 9781933822693
Category: History
Page: 164
View: 4238
Philadelphia: A Railroad History describes the remarkable development of the railroad industry in Philadelphia and the intense competition that pitted the Pennsylvania Railroad against the Reading Railroad, and those two titans against the formidable Baltimore and Ohio Railroad to dominate the regional market. The book details the impact of the rail industry in the region's economy, the Philadelphia waterfront, and its port. It also highlights the key roles of the city's industrial giants during this colorful era, including Steven Girard, Matthias Baldwin, William Sellers, Franklin Gowen, John W. Garrett, George Roberts, and Edward G. Budd.

Union Pacific Railroad

Author: Brian Solomon
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781610605595
Page: N.A
View: 4385

    • Business & Economics

Nothing Like It In the World

The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad 1863-1869
Author: Stephen E. Ambrose
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9780743203173
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 431
View: 6287
Chronicles the race to finish the transcontinental railroad in the 1860s and the exploits, sacrifices, triumphs, and tragedies of the individuals who made it happen.

Southern Railway

Author: Tom Murray
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781610605090
Page: N.A
View: 4902

    • Juvenile Nonfiction

The First Railroads

Author: Sally Senzell Isaacs
Publisher: Capstone Classroom
ISBN: 9781403447913
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 32
View: 5518
An account of the early railroad era in the United States, describing the first trains, progress in train development, the growth of railroad networks, and the contribution of trains to the growth of the country.

    • Transportation

Railroads Across North America

An Illustrated History
Author: Claude Wiatrowski
Publisher: Voyageur Press
ISBN: 161060136X
Category: Transportation
Page: 256
View: 2635
From the first steam-powered locomotives of the early nineteenth century to the high-speed commuter trains of today, the American railroad has been a great engine powering the nations growth and industry. This book celebrates the glory and grandeur of that legacy with a lavish tour of the history of the American railroad and the culture surrounding it. Generously illustrated with vintage photographs, modern images, maps, timetables, tickets, brochures, and all manner of memorabilia, this volume offers a fascinating look at the rail industrys beginnings and development, as well as its place in American history. From the might of the major rail companies and their empires to the romance of rail travel, this is the full and fabulously colorful story of the industry that moved a nation--and stirs our imaginations to this day.

    • History

Chicago: America's Railroad Capital

The Illustrated History, 1836 to Today
Author: Brian Solomon,John Gruber,Michael Blaszak,Chris Guss
Publisher: Voyageur Press (MN)
ISBN: 0760346038
Category: History
Page: 192
View: 2145
"A history of the development of Chicago as a railroad hub, from its earliest days to the present, illustrated with color and black and white photographs, maps, and railroad memorabilia"-Provided by publisher.

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Baltimore & Ohio Railroad

Author: Dave Oroszi,Kirk Reynolds
Publisher: Voyageur Press
ISBN: 9780760329290
Category: Transportation
Page: 160
View: 7724
As Americas first common-carrier railroad--a railroad mandated to operate for the public and for commerce--the Baltimore & Ohio set the stage for North American railway development. And as such, the railroad racked up a remarkable list of firsts--first to offer scheduled passenger service, first to experiment with steam power, and the first air-conditioned passenger cars, lightweight streamliners, high-speed passenger diesels, and "piggyback" freight services--to name just a few. In this expanded hardcover reissue of the popular 2000 release, authors Kirk Reynolds and Dave Oroszi explore these accomplishments, and with them a significant chapter in American railway history. With an all-new collection of more than 150 photos and illustrations, the book gives a colorful account of the evolution of one of the nations most enduring railroad icons, through good times and bad. Reynolds and Oroszi follow the B&O from its infancy as a horse-powered railway in the first half of the nineteenth century to its 1987 amalgamation into the vast CSX Transportation network. The book tells how the B&O, handicapped by its rugged route from the East Coast to the Midwest nonetheless proved second to none in serving its customers--whether on star passenger lines like the Capitol Limited and National Limited or on a freight network that included such notable offerings as "Sentinel Service" and the "Timesaver" freights. The railroads story, as it unfolds in these pages, makes for an evocative journey through 160 years of railroad history.

    • Transportation


Author: Timothy Scott Doherty,Brian Solomon
Publisher: Motorbooks International
ISBN: 9780760314258
Category: Transportation
Page: 144
View: 8303
This comprehensive and gorgeously illustrated history examines Conrail's motive power and rolling stock, its yards and terminals, and its most interesting routes, as well as its operations. 150 photos, 100 in color.

    • History

The Pennsylvania Railroad, Volume 1

Building an Empire, 1846-1917
Author: Albert J. Churella
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN: 0812207629
Category: History
Page: 968
View: 9499
"Do not think of the Pennsylvania Railroad as a business enterprise," Forbes magazine informed its readers in May 1936. "Think of it as a nation." At the end of the nineteenth century, the Pennsylvania Railroad was the largest privately owned business corporation in the world. In 1914, the PRR employed more than two hundred thousand people—more than double the number of soldiers in the United States Army. As the self-proclaimed "Standard Railroad of the World," this colossal corporate body underwrote American industrial expansion and shaped the economic, political, and social environment of the United States. In turn, the PRR was fundamentally shaped by the American landscape, adapting to geography as well as shifts in competitive economics and public policy. Albert J. Churella's masterful account, certain to become the authoritative history of the Pennsylvania Railroad, illuminates broad themes in American history, from the development of managerial practices and labor relations to the relationship between business and government to advances in technology and transportation. Churella situates exhaustive archival research on the Pennsylvania Railroad within the social, economic, and technological changes of nineteenth- and twentieth-century America, chronicling the epic history of the PRR intertwined with that of a developing nation. This first volume opens with the development of the Main Line of Public Works, devised by Pennsylvanians in the 1820s to compete with the Erie Canal. Though a public rather than a private enterprise, the Main Line foreshadowed the establishment of the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1846. Over the next decades, as the nation weathered the Civil War, industrial expansion, and labor unrest, the PRR expanded despite competition with rival railroads and disputes with such figures as Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller. The dawn of the twentieth century brought a measure of stability to the railroad industry, enabling the creation of such architectural monuments as Pennsylvania Station in New York City. The volume closes at the threshold of American involvement in World War I, as the strategies that PRR executives had perfected in previous decades proved less effective at guiding the company through increasingly tumultuous economic and political waters.

    • History

Railroads in the African American Experience

A Photographic Journey
Author: Theodore Kornweibel
Publisher: N.A
Category: History
Page: 557
View: 2086
Surveys the African American railroad experience, from the work of slaves who laid rail and the activism of the famous Pullman Porters to the lives of current black railroad employees and passengers.

    • Transportation

Along the Valley Line

The History of the Connecticut Valley Railroad
Author: Max R. Miller
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
ISBN: 0819577383
Category: Transportation
Page: 160
View: 1689
The Connecticut Valley Railroad once carried both passengers and freight along the west bank of the Connecticut River between Hartford and Old Saybrook. Completed in 1871, today the railroad is known throughout New England for the nostalgic steam-powered excursion trains that run on a portion of the line between Essex and Chester. Until now the history of this popular tourist attraction has been the stuff of local lore and legend. This book, written by railroad historian and former vice president and director of Valley Railroad, Max R. Miller, provides the first comprehensive history of the Connecticut Valley Railroad through maps, ephemera, and archival photographs of the trains, bridges, and scenery surrounding the line. Offering tales of train wrecks, ghost sightings, booms and busts, Along the Valley Line will be treasured by railroad enthusiasts and historians alike.

    • History

Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America

Author: Richard White
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393082601
Category: History
Page: 660
View: 8666
"A powerful book, crowded with telling details and shrewd observations." —Michael Kazin, New York Times Book Review This original, deeply researched history shows the transcontinentals to be pivotal actors in the making of modern America. But the triumphal myths of the golden spike, robber barons larger than life, and an innovative capitalism all die here. Instead we have a new vision of the Gilded Age, often darkly funny, that shows history to be rooted in failure as well as success.

    • History

Tooele Valley Railroad

Author: Emma Louise Penrod
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 1467130265
Category: History
Page: 127
View: 5828
Shortly after the International Smelter offered economic salvation to Tooele s struggling desert community, the Tooele Valley Railroad became the town artery. Though originally built in 1908 to connect the smelter to the Union Pacific and Western Pacific lines west of town, the railroad became central to daily life. Hundreds of local workers rode it to and from work each day. As technology continued to change Tooele, the Tooele Valley Railroad shared Vine Street with the first automobiles safety precautions required that the caboose, with a horn mounted to warn motorists, lead the oncoming train. However, the smelter s decades of prosperity proved short-lived, and by the 1930s, the town had fallen on difficult times once again. The railroad outlived the smelter, but operations ceased in the early 1980s, and the city had the abandoned tracks removed."