Rock Island Railroad in Arkansas


Author: Michael E. Hibblen
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 1439659893
Category: Transportation
Page: 128
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For nearly 80 years, the Rock Island was a major railroad in Arkansas providing passenger and freight services. A decline in rail travel after World War II and an increase in trucks hauling freight over government-subsidized interstates were among factors that left the railroad struggling. Efforts to merge with other railroads were stalled for years by federal regulators. The Rock Island filed for bankruptcy in 1975 and attempted a reorganization, but creditors wanted the assets liquidated, with a judge shutting it down in 1980. Most of the tracks that traversed the state were taken up, but a few relics, like the Little Rock passenger station and the Arkansas River bridge, remain as monuments to this once great railroad.

Smoke Over Oklahoma

The Railroad Photographs of Preston George
Author: Augustus J. Veenendaal
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
ISBN: 080615795X
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 208
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Oklahoma was in the throes of the Great Depression when Preston George acquired a cheap Kodak folding camera and took his first photographs of steam locomotives. As depression gave way to world war, George kept taking pictures, now with a Graflex camera that could capture moving trains. In this first book devoted solely to George’s work, his black-and-white photographs constitute a striking visual documentary of steam-driven railroading in its brief but glorious heyday in the American Southwest. The pictures also form a remarkable artistic accomplishment in their own right. Prominent among the magnificent action images collected here are the engines that were George’s passion—steam locomotives pulling long freights or strings of gleaming passenger cars through open country. But along with the fireworks of the heavier steam engines slogging through the mountains near the Arkansas border on the Kansas City Southern or climbing Raton Pass in New Mexico on the Santa Fe, George’s photographs also record humbler fare, such as the short trains of the Frisco and Katy piloted by ancient light steamers, and the final years of that state’s interurban lines. Augustus J. Veenendaal Jr.’s brief history of railroads in the Sooner State puts these images into perspective, as does a reminiscence by George’s daughter Burnis on his life and his pursuit of railroad photography. With over 150 images and a wealth of historical and biographical information, this volume makes accessible to an audience beyond the most avid railfans the extent of Preston George's extraordinary achievement.

Rock Island Requiem

The Collapse of a Mighty Fine Line
Author: Gregory L. Schneider
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780700619184
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 380
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Chronicles the unraveling and demise of the mighty Rock Island Railroad--the largest railroad liquidation in American history. Victim of government regulation, inept management, individual greed, and self-interest, its downfall presents in microcosm the story of the railroad industry's larger problems in postwar America--and in relief, the story of America's economic failures in the 1960s and 1970s.

History of the Illinois Central Railroad


Author: John F. Stover
Publisher: MacMillan Publishing Company
ISBN: N.A
Category: Transportation
Page: 575
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Classic American Railroads


Author: Mike Schafer
Publisher: MBI Publishing Company
ISBN: 9780760316498
Category: Transportation
Page: 160
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This book picks up where the previous two Classic American titles left off, focusing on the golden age of American railroading from 1945 to the early 1970s. It extends to the present day where applicable, providing a colorful look at locomotives, passenger and freight operations, development, and, in some cases, demise. Full color.

The Economics of Railroad Safety


Author: Ian Savage
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 146155571X
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 232
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The American public has a fascination with railroad wrecks that goes back a long way. One hundred years ago, staged railroad accidents were popular events. At the Iowa State fair in 1896, 89,000 people paid $20 each, at current prices, to see two trains, throttles wide open, collide with each other. "Head-on Joe" Connolly made a business out of "cornfield meets" holding seventy-three events in thirty-six years. Picture books of train wrecks do good business presumably because a train wreck can guarantee a spectacular destruction of property without the messy loss of life associated with aircraft accidents. A "train wreck" has also entered the popular vocabulary in a most unusual way. When political manoeuvering leads to failure to pass the federal budget, and a shutdown is likely of government services, this is widely called a "train wreck. " In business and team sports, bumbling and lack of coordination leading to a spectacular and public failure to perform is also called "causing a train wreck. " A person or organization who is disorganized may be labelled a "train wreck. " It is therefore not surprising that the public perception of the safety of railroads centers on images of twisted metal and burning tank cars, and a general feeling that these events occur quite often. After a series of railroad accidents, such as occurred in the winter of 1996 or the summer of 1997, there are inevitable calls that government "should do something.

American Narrow Gauge Railroads


Author: George W. Hilton
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780804723695
Category: Transportation
Page: 580
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This is a comprehensive, illustrated account of the growth and decline of American narrow gauge railroading. It documents a long-gone era, bringing to life ancient steam locomotives, railroads and rolling stock that have mostly disappeared without trace. The basic facts and information on the subject are heavily illustrated with photographs, drawings and maps, presented in an encyclopedia format.

Soldier-artist of the Great Reconnaissance

John C. Tidball and the 35th Parallel Pacific Railroad Survey
Author: Eugene C. Tidball
Publisher: University of Arizona Press
ISBN: 9780816522538
Category: History
Page: 226
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Melding the observations of several diarists - which sometimes presented opposing viewpoints - author Eugene Tidball offers a new perspective on the Whipple expedition that focuses on the diverse personalities of the party and on the Native Americans they encountered along the way.".

Traqueros

Mexican Railroad Workers in the United States, 1870 to 1930
Author: Jeffrey Marcos Garcilazo
Publisher: University of North Texas Press
ISBN: 157441464X
Category: History
Page: 235
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Perhaps no other industrial technology changed the course of Mexican history in the United States—and Mexico—than did the coming of the railroads. Tens of thousands of Mexicans worked for the railroads in the United States, especially in the Southwest and Midwest. Construction crews soon became railroad workers proper, along with maintenance crews later. Extensive Mexican American settlements appeared throughout the lower and upper Midwest as the result of the railroad. The substantial Mexican American populations in these regions today are largely attributable to 19th- and 20th-century railroad work. Only agricultural work surpassed railroad work in terms of employment of Mexicans. The full history of Mexican American railroad labor and settlement in the United States had not been told, however, until Jeffrey Marcos Garcílazo's groundbreaking research in Traqueros. Garcílazo mined numerous archives and other sources to provide the first and only comprehensive history of Mexican railroad workers across the United States, with particular attention to the Midwest. He first explores the origins and process of Mexican labor recruitment and immigration and then describes the areas of work performed. He reconstructs the workers' daily lives and explores not only what the workers did on the job but also what they did at home and how they accommodated and/or resisted Americanization. Boxcar communities, strike organizations, and “traquero culture” finally receive historical acknowledgment. Integral to his study is the importance of family settlement in shaping working class communities and consciousness throughout the Midwest.

Burlington route

a history of the Burlington lines
Author: Richard C. Overton
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Transportation
Page: 623
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Amtrak in the Heartland


Author: Craig Sanders
Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 0253027934
Category: Transportation
Page: 344
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"Craig Sanders has done an excellent job of research... his treatment is as comprehensive as anyone could reasonably wish for, and solidly based. In addition, he succeeds in making it all clear as well as any human can. He also manages to inject enough humor and human interest to keep the reader moving." —Herbert H. Harwood, author of The Lake Shore Electric Railway Story and Invisible Giants: The Empires of Cleveland’s Van Sweringen Brothers A complete history of Amtrak operations in the heartland, this volume describes conditions that led to the passage of the Rail Passenger Service Act of 1970, the formation and implementation of Amtrak in 1970–71, and the major factors that have influenced Amtrak operations since its inception. More than 140 photographs and 3 maps bring to life the story as told by Sanders. This book will become indispensable to train enthusiasts through its examination of Americans’ long-standing fascination with passenger trains. When it began in 1971, many expected Amtrak to last about three years before going out of existence for lack of business, but the public’s continuing support of funding for Amtrak has enabled it and the passenger train to survive despite seemingly insurmountable odds.

The North Arkansas line

the story of the Missouri & North Arkansas Railroad
Author: James R. Fair
Publisher: Darwin Pubns
ISBN: N.A
Category: Transportation
Page: 304
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NEW GAZETTEER


Author: Bishop Davenport
Publisher: Wentworth Press
ISBN: 9781374067998
Category: History
Page: 484
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A Journey Through Arkansas

Historic U.S. Highway 67
Author: Ray Hanley,Steve Hanley
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 9780738500522
Category: History
Page: 128
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Bisecting the entire state from northeast to southwest, U.S. Highway 67 has been and continues to be a major route for traffic through Arkansas. Spanning the time period from 1900 to 1960, this book traces the development of the many interesting river and railroad towns that grew up along the highway. U.S. Highway 67 enters from Missouri and exits at Texarkana, crossing such towns as Corning, Walnut Ridge, Newport, Searcy, Beebe, Jacksonville, Little Rock, Malvern, Arkadelphia, Gurdon, Prescott, Emmet, and Hope. Through rare vintage postcards and photographs, this visual tour follows the route, looking at the towns and how they changed with the coming of the highway. Also featured are images of diners, rest stops, and motels along the road, some of which are still standing, while others are now long gone, as the interstate system took away the traffic.

The Rock Island Line


Author: Bill Marvel
Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 0253011310
Category: Transportation
Page: 180
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This richly illustrated volume tells the story of a legendary railroad whose tracks spanned the Midwest, serving farms and small-town America for more than 140 years. One of the earliest railroads to build westward from Chicago, it was the first to span the Mississippi, advancing the frontier, bringing settlers into the West, and hauling their crops to market. Rock Island’s celebrated Rocket passenger trains also set a standard for speed and service, with suburban runs as familiar to Windy City commuters as the Loop. For most of its existence, the Rock battled competitors much larger and richer than itself and when it finally succumbed, the result was one of the largest business bankruptcies ever. Today, as its engines and stock travel the busy main lines operated by other carriers, the Rock Island Line lives on in the hearts of those whom it employed and served.

Shortline railroads of Arkansas


Author: Clifton E. Hull
Publisher: Univ Pub Assoc
ISBN: N.A
Category: History
Page: 416
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It's All Done Gone

Arkansas Photographs from the Farm Security Administration Collection, 1935-1943
Author: Patsy Watkins
Publisher: University of Arkansas Press
ISBN: 1682260631
Category: Architecture
Page: 254
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In 1935 a fledging government agency embarked on a project to photograph Americans hit hardest by the Great Depression. Over the next eight years, the photographers of the Farm Security Administration captured nearly a quarter-million images of tenant farmers and sharecroppers in the South, migrant workers in California, and laborers in northern industries and urban slums. Of the roughly one thousand FSA photographs taken in Arkansas, approximately two hundred have been selected for inclusion in this volume. Portraying workers picking cotton for five cents an hour, families evicted from homes for their connection with the Southern Tenant Farmers Union, and the effects of flood and drought that cruelly exacerbated the impact of economic disaster, these remarkable black-and-white images from Ben Shahn, Arthur Rothstein, Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, Russell Lee, and other acclaimed photographers illustrate the extreme hardships that so many Arkansans endured throughout this era. These powerful photographs continue to resonate, providing a glimpse of life in Arkansas that will captivate readers as they connect to a shared past.

When the Railroad Leaves Town

American Communities in the Age of Rail Line Abandonment
Author: Joseph P. Schwieterman
Publisher: Truman State Univ Press
ISBN: 1931112142
Category: Transportation
Page: 333
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This book tells the story of closing rail lines from historic junctions, aging industrial centers, agricultural villages, and familiar tourist destinations throughout the eastern half of the United States. Joseph Schwieterman takes a look at events that contributed to the demise of railroads in 64 towns and cities distinguished by their notable railroad histories or unusual experiences with rail line abandonment. Rail line abandonment claimed more than half of U.S. rail route mileage during the past 50 years and is accompanied by controversial and unexpected developments--events affecting communities years after the last train departed. This book is a concise narrative, with contrasting photos of local train stations in their prime and after abandonment.

Railroads

History
Author: iMinds
Publisher: iMinds Pty Ltd
ISBN: 1921761806
Category: History
Page: 2
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