Great Northern Railway: A History

Great Northern Railway: A History

by Ralph W. Hidy, Muriel E. Hidy
     
 

ISBN-10: 0816644292

ISBN-13: 9780816644292

Pub. Date: 03/05/2004

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press

In the sprawling Northwest, from the upper Mississippi River valley to Puget Sound, no railroad shaped the landscape and society like the Great Northern Railway Company. This is the complete history of that enterprise, from 1856, when the first charter was granted, through the era of James J. Hill-known as the Empire Builder-to its maturation and eventual merger in…  See more details below

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In the sprawling Northwest, from the upper Mississippi River valley to Puget Sound, no railroad shaped the landscape and society like the Great Northern Railway Company. This is the complete history of that enterprise, from 1856, when the first charter was granted, through the era of James J. Hill-known as the Empire Builder-to its maturation and eventual merger in 1970, when the eight-thousand-mile Great Northern was incorporated into the massive Burlington Northern.The Great Northern Railway highlights the changes brought on by economic, political, social, and technological advances, including world wars, increased competition from other modes of transportation, and tighter government restrictions. The first part of the book (1856-1916) examines the railway's early strategies and philosophy, relations with employees, and vigorous campaigns to develop the service area. The second part of the history (1916-1970) offers an assessment of a dramatic period of transition for the railroad-international conflicts, the Great Depression, the rise of motor vehicles, increasing labor costs, and stronger unions. Illustrated with more than two hundred maps, period photographs, and drawings, the volume also includes appendixes listing the original track-laying history, track removals, ruling grades on main freight routes, and main line ruling grades from Minneapolis to Seattle. Ralph W. Hidy and Muriel E. Hidy were professors of business history at Harvard Business School. Roy V. Scott is professor of history at Mississippi State University. Don L. Hofsommer is professor of history at St. Cloud State University.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816644292
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
Publication date:
03/05/2004
Series:
Fesler-Lampert Minnesota Heritage Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
360
Sales rank:
745,086
Product dimensions:
10.75(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
List of Abbreviations
Pt. I1856 to 1916
1The First Ten Miles2
2Frustrated by Finance5
3Growing Pains11
4Northern Pacific Interlude18
5Legislation and Litigation25
6The Associates Gain Control28
7The Manitoba36
8Consolidations and Adjustments49
9From Butte to Buffalo54
10Tensions in Finance66
11On to Puget Sound72
12Creating an Empire85
13Developing the Northwest99
14Men and Mallets108
15Locals, Limiteds, and Liners121
16Corporate Structure and Finance130
17"Leading the Band"136
Pt. II1916 to 1970
18World War I and the USRA148
19Of Good News and Bad155
20Polishing the Operation162
21Passenger Business and Change172
22Expansion and Development182
23An Attempted Merger191
24Corporate Health195
25The Tangled Ways of Finance199
26Traffic and Profits in Adversity207
27The Pressures of War - Again216
28Labor-Management Relations in Depression and War230
29Prosperity Under Stress238
30John Budd and a Changing Environment248
31Labor Tensions and Personnel Policies256
32Economic Development Programs261
33SD45s and Univac III267
34"No Sacred Cows - or Goats"278
35The Last Spike is Never Driven294
Notes305
App. AOriginal Track-laying Record318
App. BTrack Removals325
App. CGreat Northern Railway: Ruling Grades on Main Freight Routes328
App. DNorthern Pacific: Main Line Ruling Grades Minneapolis - Seattle328
Bibliography and Notes on Sources329
Index353

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