Henry Ford When I Ran the Railroads DT&I 1920-1929 by Scott Trostel
Henry Ford When I Ran the Railroads DT&I 1920-1929 by Scott Trostel
Henry Ford When I Ran the Railroads DT&I 1920-1929 by Scott Trostel
Henry Ford When I Ran the Railroads DT&I 1920-1929 by Scott Trostel
Henry Ford When I Ran the Railroads DT&I 1920-1929 by Scott Trostel
Henry Ford When I Ran the Railroads DT&I 1920-1929 by Scott Trostel
Henry Ford When I Ran the Railroads DT&I 1920-1929 by Scott Trostel
Henry Ford When I Ran the Railroads DT&I 1920-1929 by Scott Trostel

Henry Ford When I Ran the Railroads DT&I 1920-1929 by Scott Trostel

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Henry Ford When I Ran the Railroads DT&I 1920-1929 by Scott Trostel
 
Henry Ford When I Ran the Railroads DT&I by Scott Trostel
A chronicle of Henry Fords operation of The Detroit Toledo & Ironton Railroad 1920-1929.   
Hard Cover with Dust Jacket.   Small tear in the lower right bottom edge of the dust jacket
Copyright 1989.
152 pages.  
CONTENTS
Introduction3
The Early Detroit, Toledo and Ironton Railroad7
Ford Buys the Railroad11
Railroad President Mr. Ford18
Transportation Services28
The Detroit and Ironton Railroad Company39
Fordson Shops43
Improvements to the Physical Plant73
Construction of the Malinta Cut-Off83
Government Over regulation and the Competition95
Railroad Electrification100
Passenger Service121
Construction of Flat Rock Yards128
Ford Sells the Railroad145

One of the most fascinating incidents of twentieth century railroading took place on a small midwestern railroad, The Detroit, Toledo and fronton Railroad when in 1920 automotive giant Henry Ford purchased the property. It was in a total state of disrepair and quite the unlikely candidate to be considered among the business holdings of Ford.
Henry Ford became a railroad president while his automotive enterprises dramatically grew. He literally jerked the railroad into the eyes of the public and to the forefront of technology with his zest for experimentation. He demonstrated his saavy as a business manager and dislike of government regulation of private enterprise in his ten years of ownership.
Ford broke new ground in labor relations offering the highest wages in the railroad industry when the rest of the industry was cutting wages and benefits. He broke new ground in traffic relations and thrust the railroad into a position as a primary function of the automotive assembly line, years ahead of his time.
Ford did many things to and with the D T & I some beneficial, some naive, his greatest success was to insure the long term financial future of the railroad through his negotiation of favorable rates with connecting railroads and the establishment of a large portion of his Ford Motor Company traffic on the railroad. His other major contributions were the construction of the Detroit and Ironton Railroad from Flat Rock to the Rouge Complex, the construction of the Malinta Cut-Off and his short lived railroad electrification program.
Here then is the story of Henry Ford's ownership and operation of the Detroit, Toledo & Ironton Railroad, between 1920 and 1929.

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