The Railroad That Never Was: Vanderbilt, Morgan, and the South Pennsylvania Railroad

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September 2010



Herbert H. Harwood, Jr., tells the story of one of the most infamousrailroad construction projects of the late 19th century. This 200-mile line throughPennsylvania's most challenging mountain terrain was intended to form the heart of anew trunk line from the East Coast to Pittsburgh and the Midwest. Conceived in 1881by William H. Vanderbilt, Andrew Carnegie, and a group of Pittsburgh andPhiladelphia industrialists, the South Pennsylvania Railroad was intended to breakthe Pennsylvania Railroad's near-monopoly in the region. The line was within a yearof opening when J. P. Morgan brokered a peace treaty that aborted the project andhelped bolster his position in the world of finance. The railroad right of way andits tunnels sat idle for 60 years before coming to life in the late 1930s as theoriginal section of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Based on original letters, documents, diaries, and newspaper reports, The Railroad That Never Was uncovers the truthbehind this mysterious railway.


Sources and Acknowledgments Introduction; 1. Prelude: The Omnipotent Pennsylvania Railroad; 2. The Back Story; 3. Why?; 4. Vanderbilt Takes Charge; 5. The Spoilers; 6. The Syndicate Forms; 7. A Rugged Route; 8. Building a Mountain Railroad; 9. The Second Front; 10. Cooler Heads and Colder Feet Emerge; 11. A Summer Cruise on the Hudson; 12. Not Quite Dead; 13. The End; 14. Railroad to Superhighway, More or Less ...; 15. Epilogue: Ghost Hunting along the South Penn Notes; Bibliography; Index


Herbert H. Harwood, Jr., spent 30 years in various management positions at the Chesapeake & Ohio and the Baltimore & Ohio as well as their successor, CSX Transportation. He is author of The New York, Westchester & Boston Railway (IUP, 2008).


"A superb piece of scholarship." John Spychalski, Pennsylvania State University "An important story that deserves its rightful place in every railroad historian's library." Kurt Bell, archivist, Pennsylvania State Railroad Museum
EAN: 9780253355485
ISBN: 0253355486
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: September 2010
Seitenanzahl: 165 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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