The Modern Railroad | Hungerford


This is a downloadable copy of the book. (400 pages)
About the book: An English railroad expert surveys the history and practice of railroading in America – published in 1910, two years after sales of the Model T begin. The book sketches the history and goes into considerable detail about operations at the turn of the twentieth century. (Reading Level: High School)


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Excerpt: “No sooner had actual construction begun on the new line, than the directors found themselves beset by many difficulties. Their enterprise was then so unusual, that they went blindly, stumbling ahead in the dark. Even the construction of the track itself was experimental. It was first planned to use wooden rails hewn from oak, and these were to be mounted upon stone sleepers et in a rock ballast.

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