Main Lines: Rebirth of the North American Railroads, 1970-2002 (Railroads in America)

Read [Richard Saunders Jr. Book] Main Lines: Rebirth of the North American Railroads, 1970-2002 (Railroads in America) Online PDF eBook or Kindle ePUB free. Main Lines: Rebirth of the North American Railroads, 1970-2002 (Railroads in America) A great book. This book carries on the very fine writing from this authors previous work, Merging Lines. This is an exceptionally good history of railroads in America since 1970. It explains why we see which railroad companies are still operating and what happened to the likes of Southern Pacific, Western Pacific, Conrail, Southern, Rio Grande, etc. It is a very easy read and hard to put down. I look forward to the next book from this author.. The Definitive History of US Railroads in the Mode

Main Lines: Rebirth of the North American Railroads, 1970-2002 (Railroads in America)

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Rating : 4.58 (572 Votes)
Asin : 0875803164
Format Type : paperback
Number of Pages : 457 Pages
Publish Date : 2015-01-28
Language : English

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A great book. This book carries on the very fine writing from this author's previous work, Merging Lines. This is an exceptionally good history of railroads in America since 1970. It explains why we see which railroad companies are still operating and what happened to the likes of Southern Pacific, Western Pacific, Conrail, Southern, Rio Grande, etc. It is a very easy read and hard to put down. I look forward to the next book from this author.. "The Definitive History of US Railroads in the Modern Era" according to Henry Posner III. Drawing from numerous sources, Saunders weaves the economic and political history behind Railroading As We Know It Today into a work that is all at once comprehensive, insightful and engaging. This is no less than the Definitive Work and I have been recommending it as such to colleagues.Having been with the Rock Island and Conrail for much of the time period covered, I can also attest that he seems to have gotten the facts not only right, but also in perspective.Henry Posner IIIChairmanRailroad Development Corp.Pittsburgh, PA. Indispensable MAIN LINES is the indispensable history to find out why the United States went from dozens of "Class One" railroads in 1970, with most of the ones in the northeastern U.S. bankrupt or heading toward it, to today's situation with only seven Class One railroads, six of them megasystems (two of them Canadian-owned), only the smallest just a good-sized road but not a "mega" (the Kansas City Southern). Not all active track is operated by those seven roads, but pretty much by default the smaller lines are called "short lines," and frequently one operator will work a bunch of little segments that are separated by Class Ones.In t

As American transport enters the twenty-first century, the iron horse that consolidated the Industrial Revolution once again flexes its muscle. Of the "Super Seven," only four survived past the 1990s—the Norfolk Southern, CSX, Union Pacific, and Burlington Northern–Santa Fe. . By 2002, American railroads carried five times the tonnage they hauled in their former heyday, and they did this with one-tenth of the employees.How did this revolution happen? Saunders shows how limited, disciplined, and politically risky government intervention stabilized a sinking industry. railroad systems evolved into seven transregional corporate giants. Whatever their results for other industries, President Carter's deregulation and President Reagan's tax revisions restored the railroads' financial health. Container cars and other new technologies also helped to transform inefficient railroads into vibrant enterprises. Rising from the corporate wreckage of the 1970s, when even the nation's largest railroad filed for bankruptcy, American railroads are once again a major part of the global economy. Corporate strategies varied on the road to success, and even skilled managers encountered pitfalls, but the railroads' resurgence and growth proved to be unstoppable.After the merger mania of the mid-twentieth century, the main U.S. Richard Saunders brings to life this amazing story of revitalization, showing how a combination of creati

"Magisterial in scope and precise in detail, Main Lines makes a significant contribution to modern railroad history and to the history of American business."—Mark Reutter, Editor, Railroad History"A superb source of recent US railroad history and a must read for anyone with an interest in the re-birth of the North American railroad industry."—Michigan Railfan"An extraordinarily detailed and insightful look at the complex and profound reconfiguration of American railroads this work is likely to remain the standard account of how the modern rail system came into being for some time to come."—Indiana Magazine of History