Great Railroad Tunnels of North America (Google eBook)

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McFarland, Apr 19, 2011 - Transportation - 189 pages
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Describing and detailing the boring of major railroad tunnels throughout Canada, the United States, and Mexico, this book covers the period from the creation of Virginia's Blue Ridge Tunnel in the 1850s to Copper Canyon's Continental and El Descanso tunnels in the early 1960s. Other notable tunnels featured here include Massachusetts' notoriously expensive and slow-progressing Hoosac Tunnel; Colorado's rail and water Moffat Tunnel; Montana's Flathead Tunnel; and several major tunnels along the Canadian Pacific's main line. In addition to providing details on the tunnels, the author considers the reasons they were created, their engineers, and their use. The book includes more than 50 period and contemporary photos. A glossary explains concepts related to railroad construction and maintenance.
  

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Contents

Preface
1
Introduction
7
1 Canals versus Tunnels
13
2 South of the Border
25
3 Unto the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia
31
4 Politics Meets Geology Under Hoosac Mountain
47
5 Daylight at Long Last
69
6 The Thin Air of Colorado
87
9 Canadas Great ProjectKicking Horse to Connaught
129
10 Spiraling to the Top
152
Glossary
157
Appendix
159
Further Reading
169
The Longest Railroad Tunnels in North America
170
Chapter Notes
171
Bibliography
177

7 See America First
104
8 Lesser Bores on the Way West
116

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About the author (2011)

William Lowell Putnam served as vice chairman of the Association of Maximum Service Telecasters, among his multitude of other professional credits. He is the sole trustee of the Lowell Observatory and lives in Flagstaff, Arizona.

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