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The Railroad: The Life Story of a Technology (Greenwood Technographies)

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Railroads altered the landscape of the United States. Within a few decades of the invention of the locomotive, railways stretched from coast to coast, enabling people and goods to travel far greater distances than ever before, completely altering our concept of time and space. And while railroads may seem like an old technology, they continue to be an essential means of transporting both good and people, and new technologies are making the railroads an increasingly relevant resource for the 21st century. This volume in the Greenwood TechnographieS≪/b> series tells the life story of all aspects of railroad technology—everything from the structure of the track to communications to what powers the locomotive.

Synopsis:

The Railroad: The Life Story of a Technology gives students and railroad enthusiasts plenty of information on the development of this popular technology:

; Chronicles the early years of the railroad, from early wooden tramways in Massachusetts, to the famous Tom Thumb

; Discusses the important technological failures, such as the narrow-gauge craze of the late nineteenth century with track widths as small as two feet.

; Covers all aspects of railroad technology — everything from the structure of the track to communications to what powers the locomotive.

; Links the technology to broader social developments, such as the decline of the railroad in the mid-20th century to outmoded governmental and labor restrictions, and the current rise of railroad technology as a result of new managerial techniques.

The volume includes a timeline of important dates in railroad history, a glossary of important terms, and a selected bibliography of works appropriate for further research.

Synopsis:

The Railroad: The Life Story of a Technologygives students and railroad enthusiasts plenty of information on the development of this popular technology:

; Chronicles the early years of the railroad, from early wooden tramways in Massachusetts, to the famous Tom Thumb

; Discusses the important technological failures, such as the narrow-gauge craze of the late nineteenth century with track widths as small as two feet.

; Covers all aspects of railroad technology everything from the structure of the track to communications to what powers the locomotive.

; Links the technology to broader social developments, such as the decline of the railroad in the mid-20th century to outmoded governmental and labor restrictions, and the current rise of railroad technology as a result of new managerial techniques.

The volume includes a timeline of important dates in railroad history, a glossary of important terms, and a selected bibliography of works appropriate for further research.

Synopsis:

Tells the story of the evolution of the railroad, from the earliest steam engines to the development of maglev trains

About the Author

H. ROGER GRANT is professor of history at Clemson University. He is a specialist in American transportation history. Some of his recent books include histories of the Erie Lackawanna, Chicago &North Western and Wabash railroads and he is completing a book-length study of the Georgia &Florida Railroad.

Table of Contents

Series Foreword

Preface

Gestation, 1800-1860

Youth, 1860-1880

Maturity, 1880-1940

Old Age, 1940-1970

Rebirth, 1970-Present

Appendix: Steam Locomotive Types

Timeline

Glossary

Selected Bibliography

Product Details

ISBN:
9780313330797
Author:
Grant, H. Roger
Publisher:
Greenwood
Subject:
History
Subject:
Engineering - General
Subject:
Railroads
Subject:
Railroads - General
Subject:
Industries - Transportation
Subject:
Railroads -- United States -- History.
Subject:
General Technology
Subject:
Railroads - Social aspects - United States
Subject:
Engineering-General Engineering
Series:
Greenwood Technographies,
Publication Date:
20050531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
9.58x6.34x.80 in. .87 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , The Railroad: The Life Story of a Technology gives students and railroad enthusiasts plenty of information on the development of this popular technology:

; Chronicles the early years of the railroad, from early wooden tramways in Massachusetts, to the famous Tom Thumb

; Discusses the important technological failures, such as the narrow-gauge craze of the late nineteenth century with track widths as small as two feet.

; Covers all aspects of railroad technology — everything from the structure of the track to communications to what powers the locomotive.

; Links the technology to broader social developments, such as the decline of the railroad in the mid-20th century to outmoded governmental and labor restrictions, and the current rise of railroad technology as a result of new managerial techniques.

The volume includes a timeline of important dates in railroad history, a glossary of important terms, and a selected bibliography of works appropriate for further research.

"Synopsis" by , The Railroad: The Life Story of a Technologygives students and railroad enthusiasts plenty of information on the development of this popular technology:

; Chronicles the early years of the railroad, from early wooden tramways in Massachusetts, to the famous Tom Thumb

; Discusses the important technological failures, such as the narrow-gauge craze of the late nineteenth century with track widths as small as two feet.

; Covers all aspects of railroad technology everything from the structure of the track to communications to what powers the locomotive.

; Links the technology to broader social developments, such as the decline of the railroad in the mid-20th century to outmoded governmental and labor restrictions, and the current rise of railroad technology as a result of new managerial techniques.

The volume includes a timeline of important dates in railroad history, a glossary of important terms, and a selected bibliography of works appropriate for further research.

"Synopsis" by , Tells the story of the evolution of the railroad, from the earliest steam engines to the development of maglev trains
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