RAILROAD ELECTRIFICATION IN THE UNITED STATES

The history of railroad electrification falls into three phases that might be designated the primitive, the pioneer and the mature. The first was the period of preliminary experiments covering the mid-Nineteenth Century. The second, concentrated in the decade of 1895-1905, was marked by the first successful installations in Europe and the United States. The third, the age of technological maturity, grew directly out of the previous period. The piecemeal electrification in the U.S., the authour concludes, reflected the absence of a national transportation policy and parallel absence of a national railroad system. He urges that the energy efficiency of electrified railroads receive national attention in transportation planning.

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: p. 1350-60
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 64
    • Issue Number: 9

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00141578
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 17 1976 12:00AM