Landmarks on the Iron Road William D Middleton 2 centuries North America RR DJ
Landmarks on the Iron Road William D Middleton 2 centuries North America RR DJ
Landmarks on the Iron Road William D Middleton 2 centuries North America RR DJ
Landmarks on the Iron Road William D Middleton 2 centuries North America RR DJ
Landmarks on the Iron Road William D Middleton 2 centuries North America RR DJ

Landmarks on the Iron Road William D Middleton 2 centuries North America RR DJ

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Landmarks on the Iron Road William D Middleton 2 centuries North America RR DJ
 
Landmarks on the Iron Road by William D Middleton Two centuries of North American Railroad Engineering.  HARD COVER WITH DUST JACKET Copyright 1999 194 pages Indexed.    240 black & white photos
Contents
Prefacevii
1 Across the Waters1
2 Across Great Mountains69
3 Railroads below Ground103
4 Yards, Docks and Terminals141
5 Lost Landmarks171
Bibliography187
Index191

Although railroad engineering began in England, railroad builders on this side of the Atlantic developed uniquely American approaches. American civil engineers were unsurpassed in their ability to build railroads over great distances and across high mountain passes, to erect great bridges, or to bore tunnels of prodigious length. It is a remarkable story: the building of a transportation system that civilized and settled America, and then supported an industrial revolution and created a world power.
This is also the story of the development of the new profession of civil engineering in the nineteenth century. Our engineers were schooled at West Point, the technical schools in Europe, or technical institutes in America, while some were self-taught: these early practitioners soon acquired the skills needed for the construction of railroads that could be rapidly and economically built. Their innovation and daring developed the methods and machines to transform tunneling from hand drilling to black-powder blasting to a modern technology of shields and tunnel-boring machines. The needs of the railroads changed bridge design from a trial-and-error art to a science, fathered modern structural-engineering practices, and advanced the development of structural materials.
This book, for the first time, calls adequate attention to the physical plant over which railroads operate-the roadbeds, tracks, bridges, and tunnels, subjects that are often taken for granted. It is a book no rail fan or student of engineering can be without.

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