This comprehensive history of North American railroad electrification has been out of print for many years. Now, Indiana University Press is proud to announce its return in an new, updated second edition. For most of the first half of the 20th century the United States led the way in railroad electrification. Before the outbreak of World War II, ...
This comprehensive history of North American railroad electrification has been out of print for many years. Now, Indiana University Press is proud to announce its return in an new, updated second edition. For most of the first half of the 20th century the United States led the way in railroad electrification. Before the outbreak of World War II, the country had some 2,400 route-miles and more than 6,300 track-miles operating under electric power, far more than any other nation and more than 20 percent of the world s total. In almost every instance, electrification was a huge success. Running times were reduced. Tonnage capacities were increased. Fuel and maintenance costs were lowered, and the service lives of electric locomotives promised to be twice as long as those of steam locomotives. Yet despite its many triumphs, electrification of U.S. railroads failed to achieve the wide application that once was so confidently predicted. By the 1970s, it was the Soviet Union, with almost 22,000 electrified route-miles, that led the way, and the U.S. had declined to 17th place. Today, electric operation of U.S. railroads is back in the limelight. The federally funded Northeast Corridor Improvement Program has provided an expanded Northeast Corridor electrification, with high-speed trains that are giving the fastest rail passenger service ever seen in North America, while still other high-speed corridors are planned for other parts of the country. And with U.S. rail freight tonnage at its highest levels in history, the ability of electric locomotives to expand capacity promises to bring renewed consideration of freight railroad electrification. Middleton begins his ambitious chronicle of the ups and downs of railway electrification with the history of its early days, and brings it right up to the present which is surely not the end of this complex and mercurial story."
Very Good. 0890240280 1976. 439 pages. Green and black cloth with gilt titling and decoration. Cloth lightly bumped at the corners. Dust jacket edgeworn and lightly age toned. Spine tilts forward. Binding sound. Previous owner's sticker on front end paper. Interior clean and unmarked.
Good. in /Good. jacket. Yellow illustrated jacket, dust jacket in archival plastic protector. Approx. 8.5" x 11", oversized, light spine lean/roll, creases to hinges, very small creases/chips to spine ends. Once Read Books, cover scan available-just ask, OnceReadBooks comOrders shipped via USPS.
Near Fine in Very Good+ jacket. Second printing, 1976, hardcover, green and black cloth boards in dust jacket, quarto, 439pp., illustrated in b&w. Book near fine with handsome boards showing mild soil, tight binding, text clean bright and unmarked. DJ VG+ with mild wear to edges, rubbing.
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