Hard Coal and Coal Cars: Hauling Anthracite on the New York, Ontario, and Western Railway

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Scranton 2006 Cloth No Designation Very Good in Very Good jacket 11 1/2" 209 pages. "In 'Hard Coal and Coal Cars' Bob Karig tells the story of the coal hauling enterprise of the ... legendary New York, Ontario & Western Railway--The O & W. The detailed presentation includes not only the history of the cars themselves but also the related technology and appliances. This intensively researched and well-documented book concludes with a comprehensive and helpful coal car identification section." Text is clean and tight. Blue cloth cover with silver lettering on its spine and front board. Dust jacket is not price clipped but it does some creasing on its edges. Read more Show Less

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From 1880 through the 1950s, the New York, Ontario & Western Railway hauled coal from the rich anthracite deposits of eastern Pennsylvania to homes throughout the eastern United States and Canada. In Hard Coal and Coal Cars, Martin Robert Karig chronicles the rise and fall of the O & W’s coal hauling operation in a richly illustrated work that interweaves economic, industrial, and technological history. 

Karig opens his history with the intense competition for the rights to eastern Pennsylvania’s lucrative coal-hauling business. He then details the technological developments that transformed coal cars from wooden carts carrying just a few hundred pounds to steel hoppers hauling several tons. Bringing the story into the twentieth century, Karig explains how the O & W’s ownership ultimately abandoned the coal-hauling business in the 1950s as coal was supplanted by more reliable and convenient home heating fuels. 

Rich with the romance of the railroad and crucial to any understanding of Pennsylvania history, Hard Coal and Coal Cars will be the definitive book on a fascinating chapter of American life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589661202
  • Publisher: University of Scranton Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2006
  • Pages: 220
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Martin Robert Karig III lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and serves as a docent at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania. His grandfather was a fireman and engineer on the O & W.

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Table of Contents

Preface

 

Chapter 1, The Anthracite Region and the Development of the Railroad

 

Chapter 2, The Anthracite Operations of the New York, Ontario & Western Ry.

 

Chapter 3, A Brief History of Coal Cars

 

Chapter 4, Appliances and Accessories for Coal Cars

 

Chapter 5, Freight Car Trucks

 

Chapter 6, Lettering and Marking of Coal Cars

 

Chapter 7, The History of O&W Coal Cars

 

Chapter 8, Identification Guide for O&W Coal Cars

 

Appendix A, Nomenclature of Coal Cars

 

Appendix B, Glossary

 

Appendix C, Safety Saftey Appliance Standards for Open Top Cars (1893-1911)

 

Appendix D, U.S. Safety Appliance Standards for Hoppers and Gondolas

 

Reference Notes

 

Bibliography

 

Index

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