Birth of California Narrow Gauge By Bruce MacGregor
Birth of California Narrow Gauge By Bruce MacGregor
Birth of California Narrow Gauge By Bruce MacGregor
Birth of California Narrow Gauge By Bruce MacGregor
Birth of California Narrow Gauge By Bruce MacGregor
Birth of California Narrow Gauge By Bruce MacGregor
Birth of California Narrow Gauge By Bruce MacGregor
Birth of California Narrow Gauge By Bruce MacGregor
Birth of California Narrow Gauge By Bruce MacGregor
Birth of California Narrow Gauge By Bruce MacGregor

Birth of California Narrow Gauge By Bruce MacGregor

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Birth of California Narrow Gauge By Bruce MacGregor
 
The Birth of California Narrow Gauge
A regional study of technolody of Thomas and Martin Carter
By Bruce MacGregor
Hard Cover with Dust Jacket
673 pages
Copyright 2003

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Acknowledgments ix
Introduction 1
1 Landfall 10
2 The "Railroadist" 22
3 Saucelito: The Kimball Skirmish 74
4 Monterey: The Field Factory 148
5 Saucelito Scale-Up 198
6 Santa Cruz Supply Chain 244
7 Fowler Pope's Diary: 1876 316
8 The Great Railroad Game in the Marsh 348
9 The Lost Factory 386
10 Reengineering: The South Pacific Coast 432
11 Newark: The Basis of Business 486
12 Fire and Rain 528
Afterword: Mollie Redmond 585
Appendix A Rosters 589
Appendix B South Pacific Coast Caboose 47        602
Appendix C Southern Pacific Narrow Gauge Drawings       610
Notes 613                                                Index 661

DUST JACKET INTRODUCTION
This long-awaited study, the magnum opus of a leading railroad historian, describes the conception, construction, and early operation of the first narrow gauge railroads in northern California. It is lavishly illustrated by some 600 photographs and drawings, almost three-quarters of which have never before been published.
The topic is approached through an unusual lens: the history of the relatively small but extraordinarily inventive contracting and engineering firm of the brothers Thomas and Martin Carter. The Carters were able to reduce the cost and complexity of light railroad construction to the point where local narrow gauge lines could compete with the state's notorious railroad monopolies.
Pioneering a mobile manufacturing operation that could supply locally funded short lines with rolling stock (which traditionally came from East Coast manufacturers), the Carter Brothers began with a line to serve Salinas Valley wheat farmers, desperate to achieve an independent means for conveying their crops to the wharf in Monterey. The narrow gauge railroad that resulted was an act of political and economic defiance, but ultimately a hopeless assault on the "Octopus"-the Central Pacific and Southern Pacific Railroads.
Rallying around the example set in Monterey, a narrow gauge movement in California flourished in the mid-1870s, with the rapid launching of five more companies-the North Pacific Coast, the Santa Cruz Railroad, the Santa Cruz & Felton, the Nevada County Narrow Gauge, and the South Pacific Coast-all of which drew on the Carter Brothers for manufacturing and engineering. Soon, Thomas and Martin Carter were not only selling railroad supplies and engineering to all six short lines, but had won management positions with the strongest, the South Pacific Coast. Until personal and financial disaster overtook them in i 880, the Carters were at the forefront of not just a new business, but a new technology.
Bruce MacGregor holds a senior post in knowledge management at Hewlett-Packard. He is the author of South Pacific Coast and is the co-author of Portrait of a Silver Lady: The Train They Called the California Zephyr and South Pacific Coast: A Centennial.


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