This book reviews the history of railroads in America. Chapters cover the early development of railroads in the east, the westward development over the prairies and across the continent, the integration of lines into systems, and the corruption and problems of the Granger era. The book then moves into the maturity of the industry in the early twentieth century, the new competition (auto, truck, bus, airline) that developed, and the industry's performance during two world wars. The book accounts for the decline of the railroad industry in the twentieth century. The book then moves into the passenger problem, and into changes in freight service. The book reviews the changes in railroading: diesels, radio, computer systems, unit trains, trailer and container on flat car service, and modern freight cars. The book concludes that the inherent economy of the flanged wheel on the steel rail will never become truly obsolete, and finishes with consideration of commuter problems, merger trends, and excess plant capacity.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Oxford University Press

    Journals Subscription Department, 2001 Evans Road
    Cary, NC  United States  27513
  • Authors:
    • Stover, J F
  • Publication Date: 1970

Media Info

  • Pagination: 324 p.

Subject/Index Terms

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00043528
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 23 1973 12:00AM