Synopses & Reviews
Despite the huge amount of interest in railroads, this is the first complete description and history of the railroads of Indiana from the first line, completed in 1838, up to the present. Simons and Parker follow Indiana's railroads through five distinct eras - 1830 to 1860, 1860 to 1900, 1900 to 1930, 1930 to 1960, and 1960 to 1996. The broad themes of Indiana railroad history are sketched within the framework of these periods. In addition, there is a brief synopsis of each railroad system, tracing its corporate and physical growth and evolution. A third section is devoted to commonalities among the various railroads, focusing on services, facilities, personalities, and accidents.
Indiana railroad history fits a framework of five distinct eras--1830 to 1860, 1860 to 1900, 1900 to 1930, 1930 to 1960, and 1960 to 1996. The authors here provide a brief synopsis of each railroad system, tracing the growth and transition of each. A section also is devoted to commonalities among the railroads: their services, facilities, disasters, and personalities. 91 photos. 10 figures. 28 maps.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -286) and index.