Год издания: 2006
Количество страниц: 220
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From 1880 through the 1950s, the New York, Ontario & Western Railway hauled coal from the rich anthracite deposits of eastern Pennsylvania to homes throughout the eastern United States and Canada. In Hard Coal and Coal Cars , Martin Robert Karig chronicles the rise and fall of the O & W’s coal hauling operation in a richly illustrated work that interweaves economic, industrial, and technological history.A Karig opens his history with the intense competition for the rights to eastern Pennsylvania’s lucrative coal-hauling business. He then details the technological developments that transformed coal cars from wooden carts carrying just a few hundred pounds to steel hoppers hauling several tons. Bringing the story into the twentieth century, Karig explains how the O & W’s ownership ultimately abandoned the coal-hauling business in the 1950s as coal was supplanted by more reliable and convenient home heating fuels.A Rich with the romance of the railroad and...