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For nearly seventy years, John J. Young Jr. photographed railroads. With unparalleled scope and span, he documented the impact and beauty of railways in American life from1936 to 2004. As a child during the Great Depression, J. J. Young Jr. began to photograph railroads in Wheeling, West Virginia. This book collects over one hundred fifty of those images-some unpublished until now-documenting the railroads of Wheeling and the surrounding area from the 1930s until the 1960s. The photographs within this book highlight the major railroads of Wheeling: the Baltimore & Ohio, the Pennsylvania, the Wheeling & Lake Erie, the Pittsburgh & West Virginia, the New York Central, and the industrial and interurban rail lines that crisscrossed the region. These images capture the routine activities of trains that carried passengers and freight to and from the city and its industries, as well as more unusual traffic, such as a circus-advertising car, the General Motors Train of Tomorrow, and the 1947 American Freedom Train.
Between 1900 and 1950, Americans built the most powerful steam locomotives of all time - enormous engines that powered a industry of colossal scale and intensity. They were deceptively simple machines yet even as the technology was being perfected it was becoming obscure. Despite immense and sustained effort, they remained grossly inefficient in their use of increasingly costly fuel and labor. In the end, they baffled their masters and, as soon as diesel-electric technology provided an alternative, the steam locomotive disappeared from American railroads. Drawing on the work of eminent engineers and railroad managers of the day, this lavishly illustrated history chronicles the challenges, triumphs and failures of steam locomotive development and operation.
This examination of the relationship of the economy to political process in the United States from 1877 to 1916 shows how the railroad industry encouraged and relied on national politics to solve its economic problems, and created a precedent for government regulation of the economy in the twentieth century. The continuity in governmental regulation from 1877 to 1900, in the Progressive Era, and in the administrations of Roosevelt, Taft, and Wilson are pointed out. The origin of each major federal railroad act and contending forces is analyzed. Federal regulation of the railroads, probably the most important example of federal intervention in the economy from the Civil War to World War I is used as a key in reassessing the motives behind Progressivism. Originally published in 1965. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.
Featuring many detailed drawings, this history of military trains and railways from 1853 through 1953 describes how the railroad transformed the nature of warfare. Transport and logistics are discussed for armored trains, rail-borne artillery and armored combat vehicles, medical evacuation trains and draisines (light auxiliary vehicles such as handcars). The railroad's role in establishing European colonial empires in Asia and Africa is examined. Conflicts covered include the Boer Wars, the American Civil War, the Austro-Prussian War, the Franco-Prussian War, the Russo-Turkish War, World War I, the Finnish Civil War, the Spanish Civil War, World War II and the French Indochina War.
At the start of 1963, author and photographer Charlie Verrall was disillusioned after the withdrawal of so many steam locomotives at the end of the previous year. However, coaxed into returning to his old hobby, he would spend the next few years until 1966 recording as much of the scene as he could. Following on from Search for Steam: British Rail 1951-1962, the second book in the series, Search for Steam: British Rail 1963-1966, looks at the fascinating final years of steam on Britain's railways. With many rare and unpublished photographs taken in a range of locations, including Swindon, Bristol, Manchester and Carlisle, Charlie recounts his journeys across the length and breadth of the country to capture a variety of locomotives and workings in the final days of British Rail steam. Lavishly illustrated throughout, this is a nostalgic look back on the end of an era.
Known as the gateway to the North, the East Coast Main Line, which runs from London to Edinburgh, passes through multiple counties on its more than 390-mile high-speed run to the North. This book looks at the first leg of this journey from London, starting at King's Cross station, to the Cambridgeshire city of Peterborough. With a wealth of previously unpublished images, Adam Head takes the reader on a journey along this famous stretch of Britain's railways, documenting the variety of stock and movements that can be encountered in almost 200 photographs, each supported by an informative caption.
The picturesque county of Hampshire in southern England boasts an astonishing variety of railway lines and attractions to delight the enthusiast. From one of the world's oldest operational railways at Hythe, a unique island line, to successful preserved steam railways such as the Isle of Wight, Mid Hants and Swanage railways, as well as the many busy commuter routes to London and bustling freight traffic to and from its Channel ports, Hampshire in the twenty-first century is perhaps unique in the diverse nature of its rail heritage. Just an hour by train from the capital, one could be at the controls of a steam or diesel locomotive, riding on a former London Underground train, or enjoying a sumptuous meal and watching the countryside drift by. This book will offer anyone interested in trains in the county a pictorial guide to the best that Hampshire has to offer.
On 21 May 1969 Dr Richard Beeching officially reopened the railway between Buckfastleigh and Totnes in south Devon as the Dart Valley Railway. This former GWR branch line had been closed by British Railways in 1962, although the passenger service had disappeared in 1958. The railway was only the fifth heritage railway in the country to be reopened and, though volunteers were involved, the owning company had shareholders and was run as a commercial undertaking. The author was one of those early volunteers who worked to make the railway physically fit to carry passengers again. In the intervening fifty-odd years since, the line has had its highs and lows, has come close to closing, has been taken over by a registered charity and now seems to be much more assured in its future direction. Many of the images in this account have never been published before and give a fascinating insight into the early years of the infant heritage railway.
In Great Britain there existed a practice of naming steam railway locomotives. The names chosen covered many and varied subjects, however a large number of those represented direct links with military personnel, regiments, squadrons, naval vessels, aircraft, battles and associated historic events. Memorably the Southern Railway (SR) created a Battle of Britain class of Light Pacific locomotives, which were named in recognition of Battle of Britain squadrons, airfields, aircraft and personnel. The Great Western Railway (GWR) re-named some of its express passenger Castle Class engines after Second World War aircraft. Names were displayed in varying styles on both sides of the locomotives, additionally some nameplates were adorned with ornate crests and badges. Long after the demise of mainline steam, rescued nameplates are still much sort after collectors' items, which when offered for sale command high prices. This generously illustrated publication highlights the relevant steam locomotives at work and explains the origins of the military names.