By Claude Wiatrowski
From the 1st steam-powered locomotives of the early 19th century to the high-speed commuter trains of at the present time, the yank railroad has been a superb engine powering the international locations development and undefined. This publication celebrates the dignity and grandeur of that legacy with a lavish journey of the background of the yank railroad and the tradition surrounding it. Generously illustrated with classic pictures, sleek photos, maps, timetables, tickets, brochures, and all demeanour of memorabilia, this quantity deals a desirable examine the rail industrys beginnings and improvement, in addition to its position in American heritage. From the may perhaps of the most important rail businesses and their empires to the romance of rail trip, this can be the total and fabulously colourful tale of the that moved a nation--and stirs our imaginations to today.
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Artists painted pictures on the sides of headlights and cabs. An engineer was assigned his own locomotive and almost always customized its appearance to his own tastes. Locomotives were named and not just numbered. Names implied speed or size, honored important men or mythological figures, or identified someone's girlfriend! By the 1890s, all locomotives were black, ornamentation had disappeared, and engineers were no longer assigned a personal locomotive. Locomotive manufacturers coalesced into larger and larger firms.
Even before James J. Hill-the last of his kind-died in 1916, swashbuckling entrepreneurs were being replaced by professional managers. The Colorado Midland Railway closed in 1917, and in 1921, unfamiliar scenes of this major railroad being dismantled were a precursor to events that would become all too familiar. The failure of the Colorado Midland was often blamed on the nationalization of the railroads in World War I. While this was the immediate cause, the Colorado Midland would have eventually fallen, as did many other railroads, to technological change and regulatory excess.
Sprague went one step further: he put electric motors under every car in a commuter train. No matter how long the train, it could accelerate at the same rate and travel at the same top speed. Sprague had invented the technology that made interurban railroads a roanng success. HOW ELECTRIC LOCOMOTIVES WORK Power for the electric locomotive's motors comes from a generator in a stationary power plant. A huge stationary power plant can be made more efficient and have fewer emissions than a small mobile diesel engine.
Railroads Across North America: An Illustrated History by Claude Wiatrowski