History of North American Rail by Christopher Chant Dust Jacket 2002 444 pg
History of North American Rail by Christopher Chant Dust Jacket 2002 444 pg
History of North American Rail by Christopher Chant Dust Jacket 2002 444 pg
History of North American Rail by Christopher Chant Dust Jacket 2002 444 pg

History of North American Rail by Christopher Chant Dust Jacket 2002 444 pg

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History of North American Rail by Christopher Chant Dust Jacket 2002 444 pg
 
The History of North American Rail by Christopher Chant Dust Jacket 2002, 2005  444 pages Indexed
Combining a lively and informative text with excellent  illustrations, The History of North American Rail provides a neat overview of the development of the railroad systems of the United States of America and Canada. The development of these railroad systems, especially in the period up to the beginning of the 20th century, reflected the growth of these countries and at the same time created the transport infrastructure in which this geographical, social and economic expansion could flourish. Thus the first railroads were introduced during the second quarter of the lath century in the areas in which the population had been longest established, namely the eastern parts of the countries. The limited railroads of the period were useful only to link the major cities with the regions around them, but the steady and rapid development of railroad technology soon allowed the linking of major concentrations of population, and so paved the way for the growth that demanded expansion into more or less virgin territories.
This opened the way for the westward expansion of the existing railroads and the creation of new railroad companies in the territories that were growing very swiftly in population and economic importance. The initial expansion of the railroad systems reached an early peak with the completion of the first transcontinental railroads, which themselves opened the way for further expansion as lateral spurs were extended from the transcontinental routes and started to link the various systems that had come into existence.
With the railroad systems reaching their period of maximum track mileage at about the beginning of the 20th century, the period of the great 'railroad barons', with huge land grants to the sides of their railroad tracks, was followed by a period of consolidation as large numbers of smaller railroads were swiftly absorbed into what emerged as the major railroad systems, in a process that improved the commercial viability of the major railroad networks, and allowed greater concentration on features such as comfortable accommodation, improved passenger facilities, and greater speed  for both passenger and freight movements. At the same time, government intervention became more evident in an effort to regularize railroad operations and improve safety.
All this time the motive effort for railroad operations had been provided by ever more powerful and reliable steam locomotives, but from the second quarter of the 20th century rivals appeared in the form of diesel and electric power, and the superior operating economic of these methods of propulsion for long- and short-distance traction respectively ended the era of the steam locomotive in the 1950s. Over this same period railroad travel over medium and long distances had been overtaken by air transport, and there followed in the second half of the 20th century a period of radical cut-backs and reorganization that led to the virtual disappearance of medium- and long-range railroad travel for all but small numbers of passengers more concerned with enjoying the experience of such travel than in getting from one place to another.

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