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13 The End

Jr., Herbert H. Harwood Indiana University Press ePub

So things stood as the twentieth century rolled around. Although inert, overgrown, and mostly forgotten, the South Pennsylvania Railroad still existed with its original charter intact, and thus still potentially dangerous to the Pennsylvania should some outsider manage to get his hands on it. While Jay Gould himself was no longer a threat, having died in 1892, his son George was proving to be a large piece of loose artillery, with grandiose dreams of expanding his father’s holdings into a coast-to-coast empire. By the early 1900s the junior Gould and his allies were building a railroad into Pittsburgh from the west, acquiring the Western Maryland as a future connection to the East Coast at Baltimore, and were also maneuvering to get into Philadelphia. Even forgetting Gould, the age of competitive railroad building was not quite over, and some other poacher might always show up for a try. (And in fact, the dream of a new trans-Pennsylvania railroad was still alive in 1925, when Delaware & Hudson Railroad president Leonor Loree proposed building a “super railroad” across the state, although on a different route from the South Penn’s.) Still, the Pennsylvania Railroad could do nothing on its own to put the company out of its misery. The best it could do legally was to claim ownership of the two segments just mentioned, but even that was not assured protection; the PRR’s subsidiaries had done nothing with the properties, and if a revived South Penn came back, it might be able to reassert its charter rights.

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8: THE BETTER ANGELS

Neil Peart ECW Press ePub

Deep in West Dakota

THE BETTER ANGELS

OCTOBER 2012

THIS CLASSIC ARCHETYPE of the American West—lone rider traversing badlands, bison, cottonwoods, and sage—was captured in Theodore Roosevelt National Park, in Western North Dakota, early on the morning of Tuesday, September 25, 2012.

The notion of “West Dakota” has humorous resonance for frequent co-adventurer Brutus and me. In our collaborative building of Bubba’s Bar ’n’ Grill, the cooking department on my website, we wanted a quirky name for the location of Brutus’s branch of Bubba’s test kitchens. We combined a disparaging nickname for his hometown of Calgary and an invented Western state to create “Cowfart, West Dakota.”

Later we actually received a few grumbling messages from people demanding to know the exact location of Bubba’s Bar ’n’ Grill, so they could visit it. Given the place’s “virtuality,” the only possible answer is that Bubba’s Bar ’n’ Grill is everywhere (which perhaps explains the person who wrote to thank us for a great time there). At least one couple wanted to be married at Bubba’s, and another frustrated seeker claimed, “I found West Dakota, but I can’t find Cowfart.” To which the only possible response is “?”

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1   The Curtain Rises

Lawrence A. Brough Indiana University Press ePub

The year was 1901. William McKinley, the favorite son of Niles, Ohio, began his second term in office as president of the United States. National unemployment was at 4 percent, and Marconi demonstrated his wireless by sending messages through the air from England to Newfoundland. The electric railway era was well along and, like the steam railroads before, electric lines were springing up all over the country in an attempt to connect nearly every town and hamlet. Did this look like an opportunity to invest in America’s future? It did to a group of Niles businessmen, and on May 3, 1901, they incorporated the Niles Car & Manufacturing Company, which, according to its Articles of Incorporation, intended to “manufacture and deal in all kinds of street and railway cars, motors, steam engines, water tanks, and acid tanks and for manufacturing and dealing in railway supplies and appliances of all kinds.” The company was capitalized at $200,000.

The inclusion of the manufacture of water and acid tanks was no doubt influenced by the fact that Niles was located in what was then the heart of industrial America and was home to steel mills, rolling mills, and plants that produced glass, pottery, and firebrick—businesses that would require such equipment—and these tanks were made out of wood, as would be the trolley car bodies. Among the investors were F. J. Roller, superintendent of schools; B. F. Pew, a prominent Niles grocer; G. B. Robbins, director of the Dollar Savings Bank (whose brother, Frank Robbins, became President of Niles); and W. C. Allison, president of the Allison and Company planing mill, whose property would soon become the site of the Niles car factory.

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Introduction: The Lake Shore Electric—What It Was and Where It Went

Jr.Herbert H. Harwood Indiana University Press ePub

It never imposed much on the landscape and now has all but disappeared back into it.

Drive west from Cleveland along the rim of Lake Erie to the old lake port of Sandusky, once a serious competitor of Cleveland and Toledo. Then head south to Norwalk, Ohio — another charming nineteenth-century town — and keep moving west on U.S. Route 20 toward Toledo, passing through more nineteenth-century main streets at places like Monroeville, Bellevue, and Fremont. If you are particularly perceptive, along the way you will spot bits of light grading alongside the roads or crossing them; you may spot pole lines marching across fields, and here and there some strange, small, brick buildings of uncertain purpose.

What you are seeing are the dim remains of “The Greatest Electric Railway in the United States,” as it proudly called itself in its earlier days — the Lake Shore Electric Railway. In the few years between the perfection of electric power for railway use and the perfection of motor vehicles and paved highways, the Lake Shore Electric was the premier carrier of people in the well-populated territory between Cleveland and Toledo, and one of the most important links in the network of interurban electric lines which once blanketed the Midwest.

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8 Railway People

William D. Middleton Indiana University Press ePub

Enginemen. Locomotive engineman on Suwon narrow gauge, South Korea, April 1972.

 

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A vendor makes a sale as passengers board a Chiese State Railway train.

Enginemen. Engine crew of Yugoslavian 2-6-2 Prairie type No. 01-101 ready to depart with train 2118 from Belgrade for Vel. Plana in August 1960.

Trainmen. Trainman on Korea’s Yeosu-Seoul train 62 on Chokka line, South Korea, October 1972.

Train Staff. Train hostesses celebrate the opening of Korean National Railway electrification, Cheongryangri, South Korea, June 30, 1972.

Dining car staff on Shinkansen buffet car, Japan, August 1972.

Train Staff. Cooks take a break on diner 169 on Chengdu-Xian train, China, November 1981.

Waitress at work on diner 169 on Chengdu-Xian train, China, November 1981.

Train Staff. Postman at work at Anyang, China, on Chengdu-Xian train 169, November 1981.

Train attendant waits by his car during a stop on train 114 at Xian, China, en route to Guangzhou, April 1983.

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