The Railroad That Never Was


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Contents Sources and Acknowledgments Introduction 1. Prelude: The Omnipotent Pennsylvania Railroad 2. The Back Story 3. Why? 4. Vanderbilt Takes Charge 5. The Spoilers 6. The Syndicate Forms 7. A Rugged Route 8. Building a Mountain Railroad 9. The Second Front 10. Cooler Heads and Colder Feet Emerge 11. A Summer Cruise on the Hudson 12. Not Quite Dead 13. The End 14. Railroad to Superhighway, More or Less... 15. Epilogue: Ghost Hunting along the South Penn Notes Bibliography Index

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A battle of titans over the building of a railroad

About the Author

Herbert H. Harwood, Jr., has carried on concurrent careers as a railroad historian, writer, photographer, and working railroader. He is author of The New York, Westchester & Boston Railway: J. P. Morgan's Magnificent Mistake (IUP, 2008), Invisible Giants: The Empires of Cleveland's Van Sweringen Brothers (IUP, 2003), and The Lake Shore Electric Railway Story (IUP, 2000).


Based on original letters, documents, diaries, and newspaper reports, The Railroad That Never Was uncovers the truth behind this now phantom railway.September 2011
*NMRA Magazine*

This book is an important contribution to both rail and road history, as well as to business history and business strategy; it is therefore highly recommended.
*The Lexington Quarterly*

[This] book is factual, well referenced, and well illustrated with vintage photos. It is an excellent acquisition for academic libraries with programs in history and business administration, and will also be valuable for public libraries.

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