Engineering News-Record Volume 42

Engineering News-Record Volume 42

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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. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ... indeed, for the reason that there are no boats to carry it. The building of new boats has almost ceased. Last year just four were registered. In the preceding year the number was 16. In 1896 only 12 were built, and in 1896, 27. Now a. canal without boats can hardly be called a potential competitor; but unless new boats are built to replace the old huiks that are now well-nigh past their days of usefulness, the canal might as well be non-existent so far as its effect on rail rates is concerned. What inducement have the boatmen to build new vessels? Are they not absolutely at the mercy of the railways'! The latter can if they like lower rates to a point below the actual cost to the boatman and still make a profit. Under these circumstances there is no reason to expect the boatmen to invest money in new boats. We have said that the Erie Canal carried 2,338,020 tons last year; but it carried it only because the railways did not deem it worth while to carry it themselves. A general impression exists that the trafllc still left to the Erie Canal is principally the movement of grain from, the Lakes to tidewater. The fact is, however, that the canal has lost nearly all this trafiic. Itcarried only 10,000t0ns of through wheat last year, and the only grain of which any considerable amount is still carried on the canal is corn, of which 337,500 tons were carried through. Lumber, wood-puip, ice, stone, lime and coal, now constitute about two-thirds of the traffic of the canals; and the local shipments on them now exceed in volume the through trafiic. The importance of these facts to our present discussion is this: The railways are not troubling themselves to capture the present traffic carried by the Canals, because it is too small in more

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  • Paperback | 1106 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 55mm | 1,928g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236928466
  • 9781236928467