The Atlantic Monthly Volume 104

The Atlantic Monthly Volume 104

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1909 edition. Excerpt: ...waterways really available for navigation is 7878 miles, and over but about half of these is carried ninety six per cent of the interior waterway' traffic. These are the rivers and canals in the northeast, serving Paris and Havre, and carrying coal to and from Belgium and Germany. The other interior waterways of France, that is, the other half of those really available for navigation, carry less than five per cent of the traffic. Contrasting with these statistics as to the status of the waterways, which have been obtained directly from the respective governments and from official publications, are the statistics in regard to the status of the railways, which likewise have been obtained from official sources. In Prussia, if the traffic of 1905 be measured by ton-kilometers, it would seem that the waterways carry onefourth of the total freight, but in reality they carry but about one-seventh. This is because the longer haul of the freight on the waterways, the far more circuitous haul, gives a greater volume of ton-kilometers than the haul by railway, which is usually over a route that is approximately direct. Although the total capacity of all the freight-cars is substantially the same as that of all the water-craft, they carry seven times as much freight. This of course is because of the greater speed of movement, the greater promptness and rapidity of loading and unloading. Notwithstanding the lower rates by. the Rhine, over one-fifth of the coal from the Westphalian mines to the city of Frankfort is carried by practically parallel rail-lines. The capital expenditure on the Prussian railways to 1905 was $2,286,000,000. The receipts for that year were $432,315,000, the expenses $262,075,000, thus leaving a surplus of $170,240,000, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 518 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 26mm | 916g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236772148
  • 9781236772145