Delaware & Hudson: The History of an Important Railroad Whose Antecedent was a Canal Network to Transport Coal

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Syracuse University Press, 1997 - Transportation - 476 pages
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Here, in a pictorial history, Jim Shaughnessy turns an eloquent photographer's eye to the Delaware & Hudson (D&H), the line that began in 1823 as a canal system to transport Pennsylvania coal to New York State. It remained active for 170 years, until the route was sold to the Canadian Pacific Railway Corporation in 1993. The Delaware and Hudson extended from Montreal to the coal fields of northeastern Pennsylvania. The line made early railroad fame by importing from England the famous Stourbridge Lion, first steam locomotive in America. This occurred during a great expansion into gravity, an interesting phase which took advantage of the mountainous terrain. Extremely able and ambitious company presidents oversaw a period of economic growth and amalgamation in the nineteenth century. Eventually the D&H advertised itself as "the Bridge Line to New England and Canada." Mountainous terrain around the coal mines challenged the line with heavy grades, so it was natural for one of its presidents, L. F. Loree, to be fascinated with experimental traction power. The many Loree locomotives, leaders in progressive design, are pictured and described herein. Because a good railroad history is always an economic history of a region, this book will surely please historians, too. Delaware & Hudson is a definitive work, encompassing the mining of the region and detailing the steamboat operations on Lakes George and Champlain.
 

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Train freaks will delight in Shaughnessy's volumes. First published in 1982 and 1981, respectively, these pictorial histories document the railroad lines that ran between Pennsylvania and New York and New York and Vermont. Read full review

Contents

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Life along the canal
25
HORATIO AND THE LION
31
THE GREAT RAILROAD EXPANSION
59
CHECKMATE MR GOULD The Albany Susquehanna
71
AN EMPIRE IN THE NORTH The Rensselaer Saratoga
89
THROUGH THE MOUNTAINS NOT AROUND THEM
115
NORTH TO CANADA The New York Canada Railroad
135
BRANCHING OUT
197
A SIDEWHEEL SAGA
231
THE REIGN OF L F LOREE
273
LOREES LOCOMOTIVES
317
THE NEW ERA
347
ALBUM
375
ROSTER
444
BIBLIOGRAPHY
471

A TIME TO BREAK DOWN AND A TIME TO BUILD UP
169

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About the author (1997)

Jim Shaughnessy is a retired civil engineer and photographer. He lives in Troy, New York. Jeff Brouws is the author of three other books on railroading, including "A Passion for Trains: The Railroad Photography of Richard Steinheimer". He lives in Stanfordville, New York.

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