The Firelands Pioneer Volume 1-4

The Firelands Pioneer Volume 1-4

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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. 1882 edition. Excerpt: this Company, and under the same act County subscriptions were obtained, with which means the work-was prosecu _1ed under constant embarrassments during the 20 years following the date of the charter, until in 1852, the line was opened from Sandusky to Dayton, a distance of 157 miles. Some idea of what this struggle was, may be had when it is known, that it took four years (to 1839) to get the Road in operation to Bellevue, (15 miles), the next 13 years being spent on the line South of that point. In common with all American Railways at that date, the Mad River first used the flat or strap rail, selecting the lightest known pattern, being 21 inches wide, five eighths thick and weighing 22 Tbs. to the yard, or 19 tons to the mile. This Was supported by continuous Wooden sills. So light a structure soon gave way, when heavier flat rails were substituted. Ere long this would not permit the speed demanded by the traveling public to say nothing of the serious peril to passengers and property, arising from what were known as "snake-heads," consisting of the loose ends of rails, which so often came crashing through the bottom-of the cars from the t1'ack below. To meet this demand, the T rail was supplied, and thebed gravelled. Judge Lane's report referred with some detail to the matter of change in the route of the Road between Sandusky and Tiifin, -which was changed from its original location via. Bellevue, to the track of what' was then known as the Sandusky & Indiana Road, via Clyde. Such change of route was the subject of much discussion at the time, and the cause of much feeling on the part of Bellevue, Republic and other points on the old line. Judge Lane stated that the Road by Bellevue traversed the more

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  • Paperback | 220 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 399g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236925521
  • 9781236925527