When the Steam Railroads Electrified

By William D. Middleton  


When the Steam Railroads Electrified

Middleton begins his ambitious chronicle of the ups and downs of railway electrification with the history of its early days and brings it to the present—which is surely not the end of this complex and mercurial story. Today, electric operation of U.S. railroads is back in the limelight. The federally funded Northeast Corridor Improvement Program has provided an expanded Northeast Corridor electrification, with high-speed trains that are giving the fastest rail passenger service ever seen in North America, while still other high-speed corridors are planned for other parts of the country. And with U.S. rail freight tonnage at its highest levels in history, the ability of electric locomotives to expand capacity promises to bring renewed consideration of freight railroad electrification. Hardbound, 448 pages, 791 b/w photos, 11 x 9”.

ISBN-13: 978-0-253-33979-9

Price: $65.00

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