Kaufman ACT

Kaufman ACT

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. The Kaufman Electrification Act of 1923, enacted by the New York State Assembly, mandated electrification of all railroads in New York City by January 1, 1926. The bill was sponsored by recently elected Republican Assemblyman Victor R. Kaufman and signed by Governor Al Smith on June 2, 1923. The Act made no exclusions, affecting mainline traffic and freight yards in all boroughs of New York City, including the isolated rail system of Staten Island. The railroads objected, initiated lawsuits and partially succeeded in overturning the Act as unconstitutional. The deadline stipulated in the Act was moved twice, in 1924 and 1926; diesel locomotives were permitted as an acceptable alternative to steam power. The Act hastened dieselisation of the American railroads, creating the small initial market for diesel locomotives. The first operational diesel switchers were delivered to the Central Railroad of New Jersey and the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad in 1925.
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  • Paperback | 152 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 9mm | 231g
  • Fer Publishing
  • United States
  • English
  • 6135967274
  • 9786135967272