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American Railroads

Decline and Renaissance in the Twentieth Century

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$30.00 • £24.95 • €27.00

ISBN 9780674970793

Publication Date: 11/21/2016


528 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

15 halftones, 14 line illustrations, 14 maps


  • Preface
  • Abbreviations
  • 1. The Enduring American Railroads
  • 2. The Ills of Government Regulation of Rail Rates and Services
  • 3. The Policy Dilemma of Competition and Consolidation
  • 4. The Impact of Rival Freight Modes on Railroads
  • 5. The Decline of Railway Passenger Service, 1900–1970
  • 6. Mergers at Midcentury and the Penn Central Debacle
  • 7. Two Railroad Reform and Revitalization Acts and the Northeast Rail Crisis in the 1970s
  • 8. The Brief, Mainly Happy Life of Conrail, 1976–1999
  • 9. The Making of the Staggers Rail Act, and Experience under Deregulation
  • 10. How Railroads Got Their Final Sizes and Shapes
  • 11. The Enduring Problem of Rail Passenger Service in the Amtrak Era
  • 12. Advancing Technology for American Railroads
  • 13. Decline and Renaissance of American Railroads in the Twentieth Century—Pulling into the Terminal
  • Afterword: Future Policies for US Railroads
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

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