Romance of the Rails: Why the Passenger Trains We Love Are Not the Transportation We Need

Romance of the Rails: Why the Passenger Trains

American transportation has undergone many technological revolutions: from sailing ships to steam ships; from canals to railroads; from steam to Diesels; from horse cars to electric streetcars; from passenger trains and urban rail transit to airplanes and automobiles. Normally, the government has allowed and even encouraged these revolutions, but for some reason the federal government is spending billions of dollars trying to preserve and build obsolete rail transit and passenger train lines, including high-speed trains that cost more but are less than half as fast as flying. In Romance of the Rails, rail fan and transportation policy expert Randal O'Toole asks why passenger trains have been singled out and whether this policy makes sense. To answer this question, the book looks at the history of both intercity and urban rail transportation going back to 1825. The Golden Age of rail passenger travel, from about 1890 to 1920, depended on job and population concentrations that no longer exist today. Moreover, even during that Golden Age, most rail travel was confined to the elites, while a majority of Americans rarely if ever rode a streetcar or intercity train. Federally subsidized efforts to return to that Golden Age, through subsidies to Amtrak and local transit agencies, are d...

  • ASIN: 1944424946

New Departures: Rethinking Rail Passenger Policy in the Twenty-First Century

New Departures: Rethinking Rail Passenger Policy in the

North America faces a transportation crisis. Gas-guzzling SUVs clog the highways and air travelers face delays, cancellations, and uncertainty in the wake of unprecedented terrorist attacks. New Departures closely examines the options for improving intercity passenger trains' capacity to move North Americans where they want to go. While Amtrak and VIA Rail Canada face intense pressure to transform themselves into successful commercial enterprises, Anthony Perl demonstrates how public policy changes lie behind the triumphs of European and Japanese high-speed rail passenger innovations. Perl goes beyond merely describing these achievements, translating their implications into a North American institutional and political context and diagnosing the obstacles that have made renewing passenger trains so much more difficult in North America than elsewhere. New Departures links the lessons behind rail passenger revitalization abroad with the opportunity to recast the policies that constrain Amtrak and VIA Rail from providing efficient and effective intercity transportation.

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  • Brand: Brand: The University Press of Kentucky
  • ASIN: 0813122112

The American Railroad Passenger Car (Johns Hopkins Studies in the History of Technology) (Part 1)

The American Railroad Passenger Car (Johns Hopkins Studies

An authoritative history of the American railroad passenger car, illustrated with nearly eight hundred photographs, engravings, and line drawings, examines interior designs and costs and recreates a lost age of elegance in rail travel

  • Brand: Brand: The Johns Hopkins University Press
  • ASIN: 0801827221

Rails Across Dixie: A History of Passenger Trains in the American South

Rails Across Dixie: A History of Passenger Trains

Covering legendary and obscure intercity passenger trains in a dozen Southeastern states, this book details the golden age of train travel. The story begins with the inception of steam locomotives in 1830 in Charleston, South Carolina, continuing through the mid–1930s changeover to diesel and the debut of Amtrak in 1971 to the present. Throughout, the book explores the technological achievements, the romance and the economic impact of traveling on the tracks. Other topics include contemporary museums and excursion trains; the development of commuter rails, monorails, light rails, and other intracity transit trains; the social impact of train travel; and historical rail terminals and facilities. The book is supplemented with more than 160 images and 10 appendices.


Spec-D Tuning BKT-CV96 Seat Bracket (- Pair)

Spec-D Tuning BKT-CV96 Seat Bracket (-

At Spec-D Tuning, We pride ourselves on our superb knowledge of automobile parts and the accessory market that is rapidly evolving each year. The ability to quickly adapt to any changes within the marketplace has become the key to a successful business in today's economy. To keep within the industry trends, We expand our knowledge in attending renowned conventions and shows. In addition, Spec-D Tuning has been recognized and awarded within a majority of popular automotive magazines. Our extensive knowledge, as well as our willingness to ACT upon it, has enabled us to become the industry's lead automotive parts provider.

  • Brand: Spec-D Tuning
  • ASIN: B01MT7WY1U
  • UPC: 841808140495

Amazing Train Journeys (Lonely Planet)

Amazing Train Journeys (Lonely

Experience 60 of the world’s greatest and most unforgettable train journeys, from classic long-distance trips like Western Canada’s Rocky Mountaineer and Darwin to Adelaide’s The Ghan, to little-known gems on regular commuting lines. We’ve always had a soft spot for trains. We know the moment a train pulls out of a station bound for somewhere fantastic is when the adventure truly starts. Amazing Train Journeys is the culmination of asking more than 200 travel writers for their absolute favourites. Some are epic international adventures, others short suburban routes along stunning coastline. There are incredible feats of engineering, trains that snake their way through mountain peaks, and even those which have achieved Unesco World Heritage status.   Each profile contains practical information including ticket options, timetables and stops, plus inspiring photos and illustrated maps. Journeys include:  Africa & the Middle East: Johannesburg to Cape Town (South Africa) Andimeshk to Dorud (Iran) Bulawayo to Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) The Americas: The California Zephyr (USA) Perurail’s Lake Titicaca Railway (Peru) The Serra Verde Express (Brazil) Asia: The Darjeeling Toy Train (India) The Reunification Express (Vietnam) Beijing to Shanghai by High-Speed Rail (China)...

  • ASIN: 1787014304

Waiting on a Train: The Embattled Future of Passenger Rail Service A Year Spent Riding Across America

Waiting on a Train: The Embattled Future of

During the tumultuous year of 2008—when gas prices reached $4 a gallon, Amtrak set ridership records, and a commuter train collided with a freight train in California—journalist James McCommons spent a year on America’s trains, talking to the people who ride and work the rails throughout much of the Amtrak system. Organized around these rail journeys, Waiting on a Train is equal parts travel narrative, personal memoir, and investigative journalism. Readers meet the historians, railroad executives, transportation officials, politicians, government regulators, railroad lobbyists, and passenger-rail advocates who are rallying around a simple question: Why has the greatest railroad nation in the world turned its back on the very form of transportation that made modern life and mobility possible? Distrust of railroads in the nineteenth century, overregulation in the twentieth, and heavy government subsidies for airports and roads have left the country with a skeletal intercity passenger-rail system. Amtrak has endured for decades, and yet failed to prosper owing to a lack of political and financial support and an uneasy relationship with the big, remaining railroads. While riding the rails, McCommons explores how the country may move passenger rail forward in America—and what ...

  • ASIN: 1603580646

Railroads of Omaha and Council Bluffs (NE) (Images of Rail)

Railroads of Omaha and Council Bluffs (NE)

Well into the 20th century, the railroad industry implemented a series of great technological changes that revolutionized rail transit in America. The twin cities of Omaha and Council Bluffs, serving as Union Pacific headquarters and the nation's nucleus of continental train travel, witnessed the bulk of these changes. Through a collection of captivating photographs, Railroads of Omaha and Council Bluffs documents the transformations that took place in the railroad industry and the impact those changes made on these two cities, as well as the rest of the country. The creation of the "streamlined" passenger train, the transition from steam to diesel power, the golden years of Omaha's Union Station, and the revolution of railroad freight service through mergers and government deregulation are just some of the events explored in this fascinating book.

  • Brand: Brand: Arcadia Publishing
  • ASIN: 073852042X

The Milwaukee Road's Hiawathas (Great Passenger Trains)

The Milwaukee Road's Hiawathas (Great Passenger

In 1935, the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad-better known as the Milwaukee Road-introduced a new passenger service, one of the nation's first regularly scheduled streamlined passenger trains. Traveling from Chicago to Milwaukee and the Twin Cities-the train traveled routes steeped in native lore, and thus was called the Hiawatha. By 1945, there were three routes-the Twin Cities Hiawatha, the North Woods Hiawatha, and the Midwest Hiawatha-and the Hiawathas became known as the "Fastest Trains in America," clocking over 100 miles per hour on daily runs. This authoritative, illustrated history follows the Hiawathas as they powered into American railroad legend. Veteran railroad writer and photographer John Gruber gives a detailed account of the trains from 1935 to 1971. He examines their motive power—the early fleet of steam locomotives that first wore the streamlined Hiawatha shrouds and the diesel engines that followed in the 1950s—as well as their distinctive rolling stock, such as the classic ""Super Domes"" and the observation cars known as Skytop Lounges. Dozens of black-and-white archival images and period color photographs recreate the Hiawathas’ heyday, capturing the texture of the time in details such as uniforms, car interiors and terminals, stations, a...

  • Brand: Brand: Voyageur Press
  • ASIN: 076032395X

Colorado Rail Annual 33: Rio Grande Standard Gauge Passenger Trains & Cars

Colorado Rail Annual 33: Rio Grande Standard Gauge

8.5" x 11", 352 pages, over 400 images, more than half in color (many published for the first time), along with numerous illustrations of timetables, passes, menus and advertising matter. The included CD-ROM has 350 pages of detailed passenger car rosters compiled by the legendary Herb Danneman: a Chronological Roster, a Car Roster & a Summary Roster. Historian Charles Albi: "For the first time, here is the complete story of Rio Grande's standard gauge passenger car fleet from the wooden cars of the 1880s through to the ski train of the 1980s. Included is a year-by-year history of passenger service, detailed rosters of different eras, famous trains like the California Zephyr and obscure ones like the San Luis. It is the result of many years of research and will become the definitive source of information on this fascinating topic."

  • ASIN: 091865484X

Report to Congressional Requesters: California High Speed Passenger Rail

Report to Congressional Requesters: California High Speed Passenger

In 2008, California voters approved Proposition 1A, which authorized $9.95 billion in state bond funding for construction of the California highspeed rail system and connection improvements to existing passenger rail systems. Proposition 1A established several requirements for this high-speed rail system, such as that the rail system must be capable of sustained operating speeds of no less than 200 miles per hour, and once built, must operate without a public subsidy. The planned 520-mile highspeed rail system will operate between San Francisco and Los Angeles at speeds up to 220 miles per hour. The Authority is the state entity charged with planning, designing, and constructing the California high-speed rail system.

  • ASIN: 1503191060

Dorman 926-952 Passenger Side 6 Foot Bed Rail Cover for Select Ford Models

Dorman 926-952 Passenger Side 6 Foot Bed Rail

Cracked or broken truck bed rail cover causing damage to the paint and bodywork? Preserve the truck bed with this direct-replacement bed molding. This textured plastic trim matches the appearance of the original part and restores protection. Vehicle model years this part fits: Ford F-250 Super Duty: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 Ford F-350 Super Duty: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

  • Brand: Dorman
  • ASIN: B07QRYZ1Z2
  • UPC: 037495953597

Moving Intercity Passenger Rail into the Future

Moving Intercity Passenger Rail into the

I don't think that the detractors, those who don't want to give Amtrak any money, understand what the implications might be. The thought that we could have in the millions, tens of millions, of people looking for a way to get to work, get off crowded highways, and have some reliability established in their lives. Trains have helped move America forward since the 19th century, when we built the Transcontinental Railroad. It was an engineering marvel that captured imaginations throughout the world. As President Obama pointed out in his address to Congress last week, building a world-class transportation system helped make America an economic superpower. That's why I support his call for more investment in America's railways.

  • ASIN: 1478165634

A History of the Rail Passenger Service Operated by the Pacific Electric Railway Company since 1911: And by Its Successors since 1953 (Interurbans special)

A History of the Rail Passenger Service Operated

  • ASIN: B0007F8D84

NFPA 130: Standard for Fixed Guideway Transit and Passenger Rail Systems

NFPA 130: Standard for Fixed Guideway Transit and

  • ASIN: 1455913952

Technology Assessment: Explosives Detection Technologies to Protect Passenger Rail

Technology Assessment: Explosives Detection Technologies to Protect Passenger

Passenger rail systems provided 10.7 billion passenger trips in the United States in 2008.11 The nation’s passenger rail systems include all services designed to transport customers on local and regional routes, such as heavy rail, commuter rail, and light rail services. Heavy rail systems–– subway systems like New York City’s transit system and Washington, D.C.’s Metro––typically operate on fixed rail lines within a metropolitan area and have the capacity for a heavy volume of traffic. Commuter rail systems typically operate on railroad tracks and provide regional service (e.g., between a central city and adjacent suburbs). Light rail systems are typically characterized by lightweight passenger rail cars that operate on track that is not separated from vehicular traffic for much of the way. All types of passenger rail systems in the United States are typically owned and operated by public sector entities, such as state and regional transportation authorities.

  • ASIN: 1492751014

Coal, Cinders and Parlor Cars: A Century of Colorado Passenger Trains, Colorado Rail Annual No. 19

Coal, Cinders and Parlor Cars: A Century of

Five of the articles are on passenger and mixed (passenger and freight) trains and trolleys in a topographic setting that owing to mineral resources had a phenomenal network of rail lines. Written for the train buff, the historian of western transportation will find good material here. Heavily illustrated with modern and period photos. The sixth piece is on the steam-powered meter-gauge trains of Zimbabwe. Lacks index, bibliography. Published by Colorado Railroad Museum, PO Box 10, Golden, CO 80402. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

  • ASIN: 091865419X

Kuryakyn 1609 Passenger Grab Rail

Kuryakyn 1609 Passenger Grab

The Kuryakyn 1609 Passenger Grab Rails allows maneuvers that can be spine-chilling for passengers such as cornering, acceleration, and braking to become more enjoyable. Features chrome design with black padding that guides the users fingers and provides a secure grip; allows a feeling of control and security. Grip offers additional space to secure small packages, jackets, and other small items. Includes (1) passenger grab rail assembly, (3) foam adhesive pads, and (1) clear fender film; suggested for installation (not included): set of combination wrenches and a phillips screwdriver. The Kuryakyn 1609 Passenger Grab Rail is compatible with Harley-Davidson models: '99-'13 Electra Glides, Road Glides, Road Kings, Street Glides, and '09-'19 Trikes (excludes Freewheeler).

  • Color: Chrome
  • Brand: Kuryakyn
  • ASIN: B0050DCA4Q
  • UPC: 191209010980

Ridin' the Rails-Passenger Equipment of the N.Y. O. & W. Ry

Ridin' the Rails-Passenger Equipment of the N.Y. O.


Technology Assessment: Explosives Detection Technologies to Protect Passenger Rail

Technology Assessment: Explosives Detection Technologies to Protect Passenger

Technology Assessment: Explosives Detection Technologies to Protect Passenger Rail


Intercity Passenger Rail: Recording Clearer Reasons for Awards Decisions Would Improve Otherwise Good Grantmaking Practices

Intercity Passenger Rail: Recording Clearer Reasons for Awards

Intercity Passenger Rail: Recording Clearer Reasons for Awards Decisions Would Improve Otherwise Good Grantmaking Practices

  • ASIN: B07TD6W9J3

Arkon Car or Truck Seat Rail or Floor Phone Holder Mount for iPhone X 8 7 6S Plus 8 7 6S Retail Black

Arkon Car or Truck Seat Rail or Floor

The SM488 car or truck seat rail or floor phone holder mount can be used with all smartphones, including iPhone X, iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Note 5, and Note 4, Galaxy S8, S7, S6, and S5, LG G6, G5, and G4, Nexus 5, HTC One M9, One M8, and One Max, Nokia Lumia 1520 and 1020, Motorola Moto G, and Moto X. The universal design of the Mega Grip phone holder accommodates any smartphone having up to 3.25” width with no height restrictions, making it compatible even when used with a large protective case or skin. This mount includes Arkon’s Mega Grip one-touch push-button phone holder and 18” flexible aluminum gooseneck floor mount. The phone holder’s unique side-grip technology provides a strong grip that’s easy to use. Just set your phone in the holder and close the arms to lock in place. A push of the phone holder’s side button releases the phone. The car seat or floor mount is made of strong, yet flexible aluminum, and is ideal for those who want a phone holder for the car but prefer mounting it somewhere other than the windshield or dash. Install the mount to the car’s seat rail with a socket wrench by loosening the passenger seat track bolt, inserting the seat track bolt bracket, and r...

  • Color: Black
  • Brand: ARKON
  • ASIN: B004M8ST3Q
  • UPC: 047407514884

21st Century Essential Guide to High-Speed Passenger Trains (HSR) and America's High Speed Intercity Passenger Rail (HSIRP) Program - Plans, Programs, Technology

21st Century Essential Guide to High-Speed Passenger Trains

This book provides a digest of federal publications on high-speed rail, including President Obama’s announcement of a strategic plan (“Vision for High Speed Rail in America"). Contents include the High Speed Passenger Rail Safety Strategy, History of High Speed Rail, Safety and High Speed Rail, Positive Train Control, Right-of-Way Safety, Funding for HSR Corridors across America, High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail (HSIPR) Program Guidance, the National Rail Plan, and Outreach. The Department of Transportation (USDOT) is awarding $8 billion to states across the country to develop America's first nationwide program of high-speed intercity passenger rail service. Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), these dollars represent an historic investment in the country's transportation infrastructure, which will help create jobs and transform travel in America. The awards will serve as a down-payment on developing or laying the groundwork for 13 new, large-scale high-speed rail corridors across the country. The majority of the dollars will go toward developing new, large-scale high-speed rail programs. This includes projects in Florida, which is receiving up to $1.25 billion to develop a new high-speed rail corridor between Tampa and Orlando with trains running u...

  • ASIN: 1549834673

Bicycle Rear Seat Cushion Armrest Footrest Set,Sanlinkee Bike Back Seat Child Safety Cushion Armrest Handrail Rear Feet Pedals(Black)

Bicycle Rear Seat Cushion Armrest Footrest Set,Sanlinkee Bike

Specifications:Material:PU Leather + Sponge + 0.8cm WoodenBoard(cushion and backrest);StainlessSteel(footrest);Steel(armrest);Elastic lycra material(cushion pad).Cushion size: About13.4*6.2*1.9inch/34*15.8*4.8cm;Back Rest Size:About10.6*6.7inch/27*17.5cm.Armrest size:About 9.45x7.87inch(24x20cm).Feetrest size:About 4.41x2.36inch(11.2x6cm).Suitable Handrail Install Diameter: 0.78-1.18inch(20mm-30mm).Cushion pad:19cm*28cmFeatures:1.The wide padded seat and backrest ensures a comfortable riding position and the thick2.sponge provide comfortable feeling,PU fabric can be cleaned more easily.3.With the foot pedals, long sit on the bike will not make you feel acid.4.With the Armrest Handrail, child seat on the back will be more safe.5.The cushion pad made of high quality anti-slip and wear-resistant elastic lycra material.Comfortable and a pleasure to ride on .Package:1 x Bike Seat with Backrest.1 x Bike Armrest Handrail.2 x Bike Rear Foot Pedal.1 x Gel seat saddle

  • Brand: Samyoung
  • ASIN: B01LPS75SU
  • UPC: 190550241531
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