The Conductor and Brakeman Volume 28

The Conductor and Brakeman Volume 28

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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. 1911 edition. Excerpt: ...of railways in Florida through tractless forests and desolate wastes. January 8, 1853, the Florida railroad, from some point on the Atlantic ocean through the eastern and southern part of the state south of the Suvvanee river to the Gulf of Mexico, was incorporated. By act of the legislature December 14, 1855, the act of 1853 was amended so that the railroad should have power to build from Amelia Island to the waters of Tampa Bay. One portion of the road crossed the state from the Atlantic to the Gulf of Mexico, its promoter believing that the commerce between New York and the Mississippi valley would seek this route to avoid the dangers and delay incident to a voyage around the Florida capes. The Seaboard Air Line railway, the outgrowth and development of this little railroad which began its existence under financial stress and the greatest difficulties, now gridirons the whole state of Florida, operating a main line from Jacksonville to River Junction, from Jacksonville to Tampa, and sends out various branches making a total mileage within the state of approximately one thousand miles. To Captain D. Elwell Maxwell, a Floridian by birth, whose rapid rise from a railway clerk at St. Marks in 1&65 to the head of a great system reads like a romance, this growth and development is largely due. In 1868 he entered the service of the Florida railroad at Fernandina, and he was successively freight agent, division freight agent, assistant superintendent and general freight agent, superintendent, and vicepresident and general manager, under its successive names of Atlantic Gulf & West India Railroad company, Florida Transit & Peninsular Railroad company, Florida Railway & Navigation company, and Florida Central & more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 33mm | 1,143g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123689426X
  • 9781236894267