The Railroad That Never Was : Vanderbilt, Morgan, and the South Pennsylvania Railroad (Hardcover)

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


Publisher Indiana Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780253355485
SKU 213897967
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0253355486
Release Date 9/1/2010
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Number of Pages 0165
Publisher Indiana University Press

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