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Herbert H. Harwood, Jr., tells the story of one of the most infamous railroad construction projects of the late 19th century. This 200-mile line through Pennsylvania s most challenging mountain terrain was intended to form the heart of a new trunk line from the East Coast to Pittsburgh and the Midwest. Conceived in 1881 by William H. Vanderbilt, Andrew Carnegie, and a group of Pittsburgh and Philadelphia industrialists, the South Pennsylvania Railroad was intended to break the Pennsylvania Railroad s near-monopoly in the region. The line was within a year of opening when J. P. Morgan brokered a peace treaty that aborted the project and helped bolster his position in the world of finance. The railroad right of way and its tunnels sat idle for 60 years before coming to life in the late 1930s as the original section of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Based on original letters, documents, diaries, and newspaper reports, The Railroad That Never Was uncovers the truth behind this mysterious railway."show more

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  • Electronic book text | 185 pages
  • Indiana University Press
  • United States
  • English
  • 0253001544
  • 9780253001542

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The Railroad That Never Was tells the story of a railroad projected across southern Pennsylvania in the 1880s to challenge the power of the existing Pennsylvania Railroad. Planned and financed by a cabal of industrialists centered around William H. Vanderbilt, the project produced right of way, grading, bridges, and, surprisingly, some tunnels. Though the railroad was never completed, some of the tunnels survived to be incorporated into the Pennsylvania Turnpike in its original form. This notable tale from the robber baron period of 19th-century American history, engagingly told by Harwood (The New York, Westchester & Boston Railway, 2008), a rail historian with extensive railroad management experience, will have wide appeal. The book is factual, well referenced, and well illustrated with vintage photos. It is an excellent acquisition for academic libraries with programs in history and business administration, and will also be valuable for public libraries. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through researchers/faculty, and general audiences. -- ChoiceR. B. Clay, emeritus, University of Kentucky, March 2011show more

About Jr. Mr Herbert H Harwood

Herbert H. Harwood, Jr., spent 30 years in various management positions at the Chesapeake & Ohio and the Baltimore & Ohio as well as their successor, CSX Transportation. He is author of The New York, Westchester & Boston Railway (IUP, 2008).show more

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