The CSX Clinchfield Route in the 21st Century

The CSX Clinchfield Route in the 21st Century

Jerry Taylor and Ray Poteat take readers on a mile-by-mile trip through the tunnels and over the bridges of the historic CSX Clinchfield.

Author: Jeremy Taylor

Publisher: Railroads Past and Present (Pa

ISBN: 025322358X

Category: Transportation

Page: 188

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Jerry Taylor and Ray Poteat take readers on a mile-by-mile trip through the tunnels and over the bridges of the historic CSX Clinchfield. Completed in 1915, the Clinchfield Railroad follows a scenic route through rugged mountain country in the eastern United States. Facing the challenge of this difficult terrain, engineers and more than 3,000 laborers built the railroad using construction standards unheard of at the time. The results were so durable and forward looking that for nearly a century there has been no need to enlarge its tunnels or strengthen its bridges. Though the Clinchfield is not well known outside its territory, its history and challenging construction have been continuing sources of fascination for rail fans.
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Derailed by Bankruptcy

Derailed by Bankruptcy

Life after the Reading Railroad Howard H. Lewis ... Tomorrow by Ric Morgan Built to Move Millions: Streetcar Building in Ohio by Craig R. Semsel The CSX Clinchfield Route in the 21st Century by Jerry Taylor and Ray Poteat The New York, ...

Author: Howard H. Lewis

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253018717

Category: Transportation

Page: 153

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What happened when the US government stopped investing in railroads and started investing in highways and air travel? By the late 1970s, six major eastern railroads had declared bankruptcy. Although he didn't like trains, Howard H. Lewis became the primary lawyer for the Reading Railroad during its legendary bankruptcy case. Here, Lewis provides a frank account of the high-intensity litigation and courtroom battles over the US government's proposal to form Conrail out of the six bankrupt railroads, which meant taking the Reading's property, leaving the railroad to prove its worth. After five grueling years, the case was ultimately settled for $186 million—three times the original offer from the US government—and Lewis became known as a champion defender of both the railroad industry and its assets.
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The Railroad Photography of Jack Delano

The Railroad Photography of Jack Delano

Landmarks on the Iron Road: Two Centuries of North American Railroad Engineering William D. Middleton South Shore: The ... in Ohio Craig R. Semsel The CSX Clinchfield Route in the 21st Century Jerry Taylor and Ray Poteat The New York, ...

Author: Tony Reevy

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253021571

Category: Transportation

Page: 204

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Born in the Ukraine, photographer Jack Delano moved to the United States in 1923. After graduating from Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 1937, Delano worked for the Farm Security Administration (FSA) and the Office of War Information (OWI) as a photographer. Best known for his work for the Office of War Information during 1940–1943, Jack Delano captured the face of American railroading in a series of stunning photographs. His images, especially his portraits of railroad workers, are a vibrant and telling portrait of industrial life during one of the most important periods in American history. This remarkable collection features Delano’s photographs of railroad operations and workers taken for the OWI in the winter of 1942/43 and during a cross-country journey on the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway, plus an extensive selection of his groundbreaking color images. The introduction provides the most complete summary of Delano’s life published to date. Both railroad and photography enthusiasts will treasure this worthy tribute to one of the great photographers of the thirties and forties.
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The Rock Island Line

The Rock Island Line

Landmarks on the Iron Road: Two Centuries of North American Railroad Engineering by William D. Middleton South Shore: ... Ohio by Craig R. Semsel The CSX Clinchfield Route in the 21st Century by Jerry Taylor and Ray Poteat The New York, ...

Author: Bill Marvel

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253011312

Category: Transportation

Page: 245

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Explore the rich history of the legendary railroad that spanned the American Midwest in this beautifully illustrated volume. Beginning operations in the mid-nineteenth century, the Rock Island Line served farms and small-town America for more than 140 years. One of the earliest railroads to build westward from Chicago, it was the first to span the Mississippi, advancing the frontier, bringing settlers into the West, and hauling their crops to market. Rock Island’s celebrated Rocket passenger trains also set a standard for speed and service, with suburban runs as familiar to Windy City commuters as the Loop. For most of its existence, the Rock battled competitors much larger and richer than itself. When it finally succumbed, the result was one of the largest business bankruptcies ever. Today, as its engines and stock travel the busy main lines operated by other carriers, the Rock Island Line lives on in the hearts of those whom it employed and served.
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Railroad Noir

Railroad Noir

The American West at the End of the Twentieth Century Linda G. Niemann ... Millions: Streetcar Building in Ohioby Craig R. Semsel The CSX Clinchfield Route in the 21st Century by Jerry Taylor and Ray Poteat Visionary Railroader: Jervis ...

Author: Linda G. Niemann

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253001542

Category: Transportation

Page: 168

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Culled from the 20 years she spent traveling the American West as a freight brakeman and conductor, Linda Grant Niemann's Railroad Noir delves into the darker side of railroading. The 1990s were a time of crisis for workers caught in the breakup of the Southern Pacific Railroad. Niemann's tales of exhaustion, alcoholism, homelessness, and corporate blundering present a revelatory account of railroading life. Photographer Joel Jensen realizes Niemann's vision of the working West with images of cowboy bars, blue motels, and railroaders working in electrical storms, white-outs, and desert heat waves. The result is an honest, gritty, and striking collaboration.
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Electric Interurbans and the American People

Electric Interurbans and the American People

... Indiana Railroad Lines Graydon M. Meints 174 The Indiana Rail Road Company: America's New Regional Railroad (revised & expanded edition) Christopher Rund, Fred W. Frailey, & Eric Powell The CSX Clinchfield Route in the 21st Century ...

Author: H. Roger Grant

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253023209

Category: Transportation

Page: 190

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“A well-written social history of the shortest-lived major US transportation mode” from the railway historian and author of A Mighty Fine Road (Choice). One of the most intriguing yet neglected pieces of American transportation history, electric interurban railroads were designed to assist shoppers, salesmen, farmers, commuters, and pleasure-seekers alike with short distance travel. At a time when most roads were unpaved and horse and buggy travel were costly and difficult, these streetcar-like electric cars were essential to economic growth. But why did interurban fever strike so suddenly and extensively in the Midwest and other areas? Why did thousands of people withdraw their savings to get onto what they believed to be a “gravy train?” How did officials of competing steam railroads respond to these challenges to their operations? H. Roger Grant explores the rise and fall of this fleeting form of transportation that started in the early 1900s and was defunct just 30 years later. Perfect for railfans, Electric Interurbans and the American People is a comprehensive contribution for those who love the flanged wheel. “With this book, the subject no longer has footnote status. In fact, Grant’s work deserves a place alongside some of the other landmark surveys of the subject . . . Here, Grant moves beyond the receiverships, the rickety track, and all that fascinating rolling stock. He shows us why the whole darned thing mattered.” —Railroad History “H. Roger Grant has produced a fine social history of America’s electric interurbans, exploring the relationship between people and those railway enterprises. The book fills a void, is eminently readable, and richly illustrated.” —Don L. Hofsommer, author of Off the Main Lines
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The Indiana Rail Road Company

The Indiana Rail Road Company

Landmarks on the Iron Road: Two Centuries ofNorthAmerican Railroad EngineeringbyWilliam D. Middleton South Shore: The ... Ohio by Craig R. Semsel The CSX Clinchfield Route in the 21st Century byJerry Taylor and Ray Poteat The New York, ...

Author: Christopher Rund

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253356956

Category: Transportation

Page: 279

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The Indiana Rail Road Company is a story of extraordinary success among the scores of independent short line and regional railroads spawned in the wake of railroad deregulation. Christopher Rund chronicles the development of the company from its origins as part of America's first land grant railroad, the Illinois Central, through the political and financial juggling required by entrepreneur Tom Hoback to purchase the line when it fell into disrepair. Reborn as a robust, profitable carrier, the INRD has become a model for the new American regional railroad. This revised edition, with a new foreword by acclaimed author Fred Frailey and four new chapters, brings readers up to date on Tom Hoback's amazing railroad adventure.
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Railroads of Meridian

Railroads of Meridian

Landmarks on the Iron Road: Two Centuries ofNorthAmerican Railroad Engineering byWilliam D. Middleton South Shore: ... in Ohio by Craig R. Semsel The CSX Clinchfield Route in the 21st Century byJerry Taylor and Ray Poteat The New York, ...

Author: J. Parker Lamb

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253005960

Category: Transportation

Page: 201

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“Lively, well-written and informative . . . It will be of great interest to fans of railroads in the deep South and their motive power and operations.” —Railfan & Railroad This generously illustrated narrative follows the evolution of dozens of separate railroads in the Meridian, Mississippi, area from the destruction of the town’s rail facilities in the 1850s through the current era of large-scale consolidation. Presently, there are only seven mega-size rail systems in the United States, three of which serve Meridian, making it an important junction on one of the nation’s four major transcontinental routes. The recent creation of a nationally prominent high-speed freight line between Meridian and Shreveport, the “Meridian Speedway,” has allowed the Union Pacific, Kansas City Southern, and Norfolk Southern railroads to offer the shortest rail route across the continent for Asia-US-Europe transportation. “This volume [is] an excellent presentation, in addition to being a railroad history story that ends on a positive, upbeat note.” —Michigan Railfan “An excellent contribution to the history of railroads in the South. Southern railroading in general has been a chronically neglected subject.” —Herbert H. Harwood, Jr., author of The Lake Shore Electric Railway Story “Chronicles Meridian’s intriguing 155-year history as a center of railroad activity.” —The Meridian Star
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The Electric Pullman

The Electric Pullman

... PAST AND PRESENT SERIES Landmarks on the Iron Road: Two Centuries of North American Railroad Engineering by William D. ... by Craig R. Semsel The CSX Clinchfield Route in the 21st Century by Jerry Taylor and Ray Poteat The New York, ...

Author: Lawrence A. Brough

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253007995

Category: Transportation

Page: 160

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Entering an already crowded and established industry, the Niles Car & Manufacturing Company in Ohio began business with surprising success, producing well over 1,000 electric and steam railway cars—cars so durable they rarely needed to be replaced. That durability essentially put the company out of business, and it vanished from the scene as quickly as it had appeared, leaving little behind except its sturdy railway cars. The story of this highly regarded company spans just 16 years, from Niles's incorporation in 1901 to the abandonment of railway car production and sale of the property to a firm that would briefly build engine parts during World War I. Including unpublished photographs and rosters of railway cars produced by the company and still in existence in railroad museums, The Electric Pullman will appeal to railroad enthusiasts everywhere.
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The Well Dressed Hobo

The Well Dressed Hobo

The Indiana Rail Road Company: America's New Regional Railroad (revised and expanded edition) Christopher Rund, Fred W. Frailey, & Eric Powell The CSX Clinchfield Route in the 21st Century (now in paperback) Jerry Taylor & Ray Poteat ...

Author: Rush Loving

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253020727

Category: Transportation

Page: 378

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A “sweeping and grand epic on the renaissance of American railroading” from the Fortune journalist and author of The Men Who Loved Trains (The Baltimore Sun). After decades of covering the railroad industry for Fortune magazine, journalist Rush Loving Jr. offers his unique insider’s view into the many dramas, triumphs, failures, and adventures of the great American railroads. Loving has shared meals and journeys with everyone from the industry’s greatest leaders to conductors, brakemen and even a few hobos. Now, in this fascinating combination of history and memoir, he recalls the many colorful people he’s met on the rails. Loving shares stories he collected in locomotive cabs, business cars, executive suites and even the White House. They paint a compelling, intimate portrait of the railroad industry and its leaders, both inept and visionary. Above all, Loving tells stories of the dedicated men and women who truly love trains and know the industry from the rails up.
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