By Brian J. Cudahy
This colourful background will entice borth the reader and transportation historian. Brian Cudahy's skillful narrative is mixed with a wealth of interval images. the 1st accomplished background of public transportation in North the US to be released in additional than 60 years, the booklet strains the grwoth of city mass transit from the horse-drawn highway automobiles of the 1830's throughout the improvement of cable autos, electrical road automobiles, subways, and buses, to the hot mild rail platforms which are taking part in a key position in trendy city transit renaissance. The publication isn't guaranteed to any nation-state and examines transit rail structures through the usa and Canada.
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His name was Leo Daft and the concept he was promoting was the even newer technology of street railway electrification. But electrification would have to await another day in 1883, in more ways than one. The American Street Railway Association expanded its roster of special committees to include one entitled The Cable System of Motive Power. Page 27 Four Half-Way to the Stars It was in San Francisco that five separate cable-powered street railways were successfully deployed before any other city adopted the technology.
G. Brill in 1868, was especially active in soliciting export business. One of the more unusual horsecars ever built was for a Brill customer in Argentina. It was equipped with eight full-length berths for overnight travel along a 90-mile railway. Originally horsecars did not require mechanical brakes, the horse alone being able to stop as well as haul the vehicle. But as cars grew bigger and heavier, and as multiple-horse teams became common, safety demanded a brake on the car itself. Such brakes became especially useful on long or steep grades.
11 The fledgling street railway industry suffered a reversal, of sorts, during the American Civil War when the government requisitioned large numbers of its horses for military purposes. In fact both Federal and Confederate governments levied such demands on their respective civilian sectors. In post-war 1872 a serious equine influenza epidemic, generally called the "Great Epizootic," ran unchecked through many cities. It was especially severe in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Baltimore, and thousands of horses died in the biological onslaught.