Development of Transportation Systems in the United States: Comprising a Comprehensive Description of the Leading Features of Advancement, from the Colonial Era to the Present Time, in Water Channels, Roads, Turnpikes, Canals, Railways, Vessels, Vehicles, Cars and Locomotives ...

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author, Railway World Office, 1888 - 398 pages
 

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Page 342 - Act shall, according to their respective powers, afford all reasonable, proper, and equal facilities for the interchange of traffic between their respective lines, and for the receiving, forwarding, and delivering of passengers and property to and from their several lines and those connecting therewith...
Page 39 - States (I speak now from my own observation) stand as it were upon a pivot. The touch of a feather would turn them any way.
Page 56 - ... must rise and make ready, by the help of a horn lantern and a farthing candle, and proceed on his way over bad roads, sometimes...
Page 13 - I left New York on Monday at one o'clock, and arrived at Clermont, the seat of Chancellor Livingston, at one o'clock on Tuesday — time, twenty-four hours, distance one hundred and ten miles. On Wednesday I departed from the Chancellor's at nine in the morning, and arrived at Albany at five in the afternoon — distance, forty miles, time, eight hours. The sum is one hundred and fifty miles in thirty-two hours, equal to near five miles an hour. "On Thursday, at nine o'clock in the morning, I left...
Page 84 - There are ten inclined planes ; five ascending, and five descending ; the carriages are dragged up the former, and let slowly down the latter, by means of stationary engines ; the comparatively level spaces between, being traversed, sometimes by horse, and sometimes by engine power, as the case demands. Occasionally the rails are laid upon the extreme verge of a giddy precipice ; and looking from the carriage window, the traveller gazes sheer down, without a stone or scrap of fence between, into...
Page 11 - Two boats for the present will set out from Cincinnati for Pittsburgh and return to Cincinnati in the following manner, viz. : First boat will leave Cincinnati this morning at 8 o'clock, and return to Cincinnati so as to be ready to sail again in four weeks from this date. Second boat will leave Cincinnati on Saturday, the 30th inst., and return to Cincinnati in four weeks, as above. And so regularly, each boat performing the voyage to and from Cincinnati to Pittsburgh once in every four weeks.
Page 39 - I need not remark to you, Sir, that the flanks and rear of the United States are possessed by other powers, and formidable ones too ; nor how necessary it is to apply the cement of interest to bind all parts of the Union together by indissoluble bonds, especially that part of it, which lies immediately west of us, with the middle States.
Page 281 - ... inches of clean broken stone under the ties. The ballast must be filled up evenly between, but not above the top of the ties, and also between the main tracks and sidings, where there are any. In filling up between the tracks, coarse, large stones must be placed in the bottom in order to provide for drainage, but care should be taken to keep the coarse stone away from the ends of the ties. At the outer ends of the ties the ballast must be sloped off evenly to the sub-grade.
Page 136 - We have possessed all the elements of material wealth in rich abundance, and yet, notwithstanding all these advantages, our country, in its monetary interests, is at the present moment in a deplorable condition.

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