Rock Island Railroad in Arkansas

Author: Michael E. Hibblen

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 1439659893

Category: Transportation

Page: 128

View: 8352

For nearly 80 years, the Rock Island was a major railroad in Arkansas providing passenger and freight services. A decline in rail travel after World War II and an increase in trucks hauling freight over government-subsidized interstates were among factors that left the railroad struggling. Efforts to merge with other railroads were stalled for years by federal regulators. The Rock Island filed for bankruptcy in 1975 and attempted a reorganization, but creditors wanted the assets liquidated, with a judge shutting it down in 1980. Most of the tracks that traversed the state were taken up, but a few relics, like the Little Rock passenger station and the Arkansas River bridge, remain as monuments to this once great railroad.

Smoke Over Oklahoma

The Railroad Photographs of Preston George

Author: Augustus J. Veenendaal

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

ISBN: 080615795X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 208

View: 1637

Oklahoma was in the throes of the Great Depression when Preston George acquired a cheap Kodak folding camera and took his first photographs of steam locomotives. As depression gave way to world war, George kept taking pictures, now with a Graflex camera that could capture moving trains. In this first book devoted solely to George’s work, his black-and-white photographs constitute a striking visual documentary of steam-driven railroading in its brief but glorious heyday in the American Southwest. The pictures also form a remarkable artistic accomplishment in their own right. Prominent among the magnificent action images collected here are the engines that were George’s passion—steam locomotives pulling long freights or strings of gleaming passenger cars through open country. But along with the fireworks of the heavier steam engines slogging through the mountains near the Arkansas border on the Kansas City Southern or climbing Raton Pass in New Mexico on the Santa Fe, George’s photographs also record humbler fare, such as the short trains of the Frisco and Katy piloted by ancient light steamers, and the final years of that state’s interurban lines. Augustus J. Veenendaal Jr.’s brief history of railroads in the Sooner State puts these images into perspective, as does a reminiscence by George’s daughter Burnis on his life and his pursuit of railroad photography. With over 150 images and a wealth of historical and biographical information, this volume makes accessible to an audience beyond the most avid railfans the extent of Preston George's extraordinary achievement.

Rock Island Requiem

The Collapse of a Mighty Fine Line

Author: Gregory L. Schneider

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780700619184

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 380

View: 6804

Chronicles the unraveling and demise of the mighty Rock Island Railroad--the largest railroad liquidation in American history. Victim of government regulation, inept management, individual greed, and self-interest, its downfall presents in microcosm the story of the railroad industry's larger problems in postwar America--and in relief, the story of America's economic failures in the 1960s and 1970s.

Classic American Railroads

Author: Mike Schafer

Publisher: MBI Publishing Company

ISBN: 9780760316498

Category: Transportation

Page: 160

View: 338

This book picks up where the previous two Classic American titles left off, focusing on the golden age of American railroading from 1945 to the early 1970s. It extends to the present day where applicable, providing a colorful look at locomotives, passenger and freight operations, development, and, in some cases, demise. Full color.

Soldier-artist of the Great Reconnaissance

John C. Tidball and the 35th Parallel Pacific Railroad Survey

Author: Eugene C. Tidball

Publisher: University of Arizona Press

ISBN: 9780816522538

Category: History

Page: 226

View: 8699

Melding the observations of several diarists - which sometimes presented opposing viewpoints - author Eugene Tidball offers a new perspective on the Whipple expedition that focuses on the diverse personalities of the party and on the Native Americans they encountered along the way.".

American Narrow Gauge Railroads

Author: George W. Hilton

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780804723695

Category: Transportation

Page: 580

View: 6324

This is a comprehensive, illustrated account of the growth and decline of American narrow gauge railroading. It documents a long-gone era, bringing to life ancient steam locomotives, railroads and rolling stock that have mostly disappeared without trace. The basic facts and information on the subject are heavily illustrated with photographs, drawings and maps, presented in an encyclopedia format.

Riding the Rails

Inside the Business of America's Railroads


Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 0253031877

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 144

View: 8149

When Robert D. Krebs joined the ranks of Southern Pacific Railroad in 1966, the industry had been in decline for decades, and the future of trains was in peril. Despite these obstacles, Krebs fell in love with the rugged, competitive business of railroads and was determined to overcome its resistance to change and put rail transportation back on track. By the age of 40, Krebs was president of the Southern Pacific Railroad and had also served as chief executive of both the Santa Fe Railway and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway companies. Riding the Rails: Inside the Business of America's Railroads details Krebs's rise to a position of influence in the recovery of America's railroads and offers a unique insider's view into the boardrooms where executives and businessmen reimagined transportation in the United States.

A Journey Through Arkansas

Historic U.S. Highway 67

Author: Ray Hanley,Steve Hanley

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 9780738500522

Category: History

Page: 128

View: 6789

Bisecting the entire state from northeast to southwest, U.S. Highway 67 has been and continues to be a major route for traffic through Arkansas. Spanning the time period from 1900 to 1960, this book traces the development of the many interesting river and railroad towns that grew up along the highway. U.S. Highway 67 enters from Missouri and exits at Texarkana, crossing such towns as Corning, Walnut Ridge, Newport, Searcy, Beebe, Jacksonville, Little Rock, Malvern, Arkadelphia, Gurdon, Prescott, Emmet, and Hope. Through rare vintage postcards and photographs, this visual tour follows the route, looking at the towns and how they changed with the coming of the highway. Also featured are images of diners, rest stops, and motels along the road, some of which are still standing, while others are now long gone, as the interstate system took away the traffic.

The North Arkansas line

the story of the Missouri & North Arkansas Railroad

Author: James R. Fair

Publisher: Darwin Pubns


Category: Transportation

Page: 304

View: 3933


Burlington route

a history of the Burlington lines

Author: Richard C. Overton

Publisher: N.A


Category: Transportation

Page: 623

View: 6126


Arkansas in Ink

Gunslingers, Ghosts, and Other Graphic Tales

Author: Guy Lancaster

Publisher: University of Arkansas Press

ISBN: 1935106732

Category: History

Page: 190

View: 7016

"Interesting stories from Arkansas history, illustrated with cartoons"--

Amtrak in the Heartland

Author: Craig Sanders

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 0253027934

Category: Transportation

Page: 344

View: 5087

"Craig Sanders has done an excellent job of research... his treatment is as comprehensive as anyone could reasonably wish for, and solidly based. In addition, he succeeds in making it all clear as well as any human can. He also manages to inject enough humor and human interest to keep the reader moving." —Herbert H. Harwood, author of The Lake Shore Electric Railway Story and Invisible Giants: The Empires of Cleveland’s Van Sweringen Brothers A complete history of Amtrak operations in the heartland, this volume describes conditions that led to the passage of the Rail Passenger Service Act of 1970, the formation and implementation of Amtrak in 1970–71, and the major factors that have influenced Amtrak operations since its inception. More than 140 photographs and 3 maps bring to life the story as told by Sanders. This book will become indispensable to train enthusiasts through its examination of Americans’ long-standing fascination with passenger trains. When it began in 1971, many expected Amtrak to last about three years before going out of existence for lack of business, but the public’s continuing support of funding for Amtrak has enabled it and the passenger train to survive despite seemingly insurmountable odds.

Katy Northwest

The Story of a Branch Line Railroad

Author: Donovan L. Hofsommer

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253336361

Category: History

Page: 305

View: 2159

"Katy Northwest will be of interest to scholars who are concerned with the economic, social, and political ramifications... of all light railroad branch lines... Will be warmly received by rail buffs and by loyal friends of the Katy." —from the Foreword by John W. Barriger, Special Assistant, Federal Railroad Administration, and former president of the Katy "If you are coming to this book for the first time, dive in! If you're picking it up again after an absence, welcome back. The Northwest District may be gone, but it lives forever here." —Fred Finley More than just a history of a branch line railroad, this is a premiere book, with not only facts and figures, but also excellent historical writing. It details Katy Northwest's birth, maturation, and decline as well as the devastating effect of its death on the communities it served.

The Rock Island Line

Author: Bill Marvel

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 0253011310

Category: Transportation

Page: 180

View: 5013

This richly illustrated volume tells the story of a legendary railroad whose tracks spanned the Midwest, serving farms and small-town America for more than 140 years. One of the earliest railroads to build westward from Chicago, it was the first to span the Mississippi, advancing the frontier, bringing settlers into the West, and hauling their crops to market. Rock Island’s celebrated Rocket passenger trains also set a standard for speed and service, with suburban runs as familiar to Windy City commuters as the Loop. For most of its existence, the Rock battled competitors much larger and richer than itself and when it finally succumbed, the result was one of the largest business bankruptcies ever. Today, as its engines and stock travel the busy main lines operated by other carriers, the Rock Island Line lives on in the hearts of those whom it employed and served.

Cotton Belt Locomotives

Author: Joseph A. Strapac

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253336019

Category: History

Page: 244

View: 3520

The first and only complete study of the Southwest's most successful railway is back in print! This book documents a proud history with diagrams, maps, and over 300 photographs. Includes a roster of every steam and diesel locomotive owned by the Cotton Belt and its predecessors up to 1977. A must-have for any locomotive enthusiast.

The Story of the Western Railroads

From 1852 Through the Reign of the Giants

Author: Robert Edgar Riegel

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 9780803251595

Category: History

Page: 345

View: 5917

On December 23, 1852, the first train on the first railroad west of the Mississippi River steamed proudly from St. Louis to Cheltenham?the immense distance of five miles. In that moment of exaltation, writes Robert Edgar Riegel, "flags waved, bands played, and orators prophesied the flowering of the West under the beneficent influence of the steam locomotive. For once the orators were right. An epoch was marked. Twenty-five years earlier the musical whistle of the locomotive was as yet unheard in the United States. Twenty-five years later steel tracks spanned the continent from New York to San Francisco." In this account of the railroad conquest of the United States, the author is primarily concerned with the western phase of the story. He follows the Iron Horse west through Indian trouble, labor difficulties, civil war, and farmer disillusionment to the completion of the western railroad net. All aspects of the subject?financial, industrial, engineering, as well as the development of railroad regulation?are covered in this classic work.