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Eastern Shore Railroad (Paperback)

Author: Dickon, Chris

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Eastern Shore Postcard Review

by M Bohnett on 11/25/2008

The book, Eastern Shore Railroads, is not as much of a primary historical source on all the railroads on the Eastern Shore and their history as it is a postcard review of a portion of the railroads. It is a great source pictorially of hard-to-find or missing pictures and postcards, but the written content is limited to a description of the picture with a time-line flow to it. The title "Eastern Shore Railroads" suggest the whole Eastern Shore railroad but in reality the book focuses on the portion of Virginia and only briefly mentions certain key cities in Maryland and Delaware, where the actual bulk of the Eastern Shore's railroading history resides. It is a quick read/study. I enjoyed it.

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In the 1880s, New York railroad magnate Alexander Cassatt looked at a map of America's East Coast and decided that he could overcome a challenge of geography if he thought of a new railroad in a non-traditional way. North and South were now trading with each other postwar, and the two most
prominent coastal cities of those regions, New York and Norfolk, were less than 500 miles apart -- except for one very large problem: at the end of a straight route down the Eastern Shore of Virginia lay the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, with more than 20 miles of open water to the rail yards
of Norfolk. Thus Cassatt created the New York, Philadelphia, & Norfolk Railroad, which ran overland from Philadelphia to Cape Charles, Virginia; at Cape Charles, the railroad became waterborne on barges and passenger
ferries that traveled the rough waters at the mouth of the bay. Now known as the Eastern Shore Railroad, since 1884, the operation has followed a path through history that has been no less dramatic than the rise and fall -- and curves in the rightof-way -- of American railroading during that time.

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Publisher Arcadia Pub
Mfg Part# 9780738542430
SKU 202304271
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0738542431
Release Date 4/10/2007
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0128
Publisher Arcadia Publishing (SC)
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