The Independent Volume 96

The Independent Volume 96

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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. 1918 edition. Excerpt: the rail BY JOHN R. EUSTIS DIRECTOR OF THE INDEPENDENT MOTOR SERVICE road "rate. For city work a five ton motor truck can be profitably operated on a charge of thirty dollars per day. Allowing forty miles with full load the ton mile cost, or, rather, charge, would be twelve cents. Such conditions, however, are now the exception rather than the rule. Highway transportation, of course, antedates the railroad by centuries, and its development might be expected to be more perfect. This is especially so when we remember that the first attempt to utilize mechanical power in transportation work was on the highways, and when it wag found that the cumbersome steam vehicles shook themselves to pieces on the rough roads, two smooth parallel rails were provided and the railroad was born. The plan of the initial builders of railroads was to operate them as toll roads, just as the best highways of those days were owned and used. In other words individuals and businesses would own and run their own locomotive power and rolling stock on the new railroads. The' great railroad systems of this country today, their remarkable development and success, result from the fact that this initial plan did not prevail; that, to the contrary, railroad transportation was made a separate business, placed in charge of specialists, and developed as comprehensive systems of large scope, instead of as innumerable small and disassociated units. Meanwhile highway transportation continues in the same old "toll road" rut, altho the toll road itself has given way to the public owned and maintained highway. The chief attempt to date to introduce efficiency into highway transportation is the plan prepared by Interstate Commerce Commissioner Harlan and sponsored...
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  • Paperback | 466 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 24mm | 826g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236950224
  • 9781236950222