Railroad Wars of New York State

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New York’s railroads were born of the cutthroat conflict of rate wars, bloody strikes and even federal graft. The railroad wars began as soon as the first line was chartered between Albany and Schenectady when supporters of the Erie Canal tried to block the new technology that would render their waterway obsolete. After the first primitive railroads overcame that hurdle, they began battling with one another in a series of rate wars to gain market share. Attracted by the success of the rails, the most powerful and...
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New York’s railroads were born of the cutthroat conflict of rate wars, bloody strikes and even federal graft. The railroad wars began as soon as the first line was chartered between Albany and Schenectady when supporters of the Erie Canal tried to block the new technology that would render their waterway obsolete. After the first primitive railroads overcame that hurdle, they began battling with one another in a series of rate wars to gain market share. Attracted by the success of the rails, the most powerful and cunning capitalists in the country—Cornelius Vanderbilt, Jay Gould, Daniel Drew and other robber barons—joined the fray. Timothy Starr’s account of New York’s railroad wars steams through the nineteenth century with stories of rate pools, labor strikes, stock corners, legislative bribery and treasury plundering the likes of which the world had never seen.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781609497279
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 7/24/2012
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,443,392
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Timothy Starr was born in Danbury, Connecticut, and grew up in Hebron, New York. His first book was written in high school, a novel called The Meatloaf Incident and Other Adventures that is based on his experiences in a rural community. After receiving degrees in history, accounting and business administration, he moved to the historic county of Saratoga. Several prominent ruins around the town of Milton piqued his interest and led to the writing of his first nonfiction books, titled Lost Railroads of the Kaydeross Valley and Lost Industries of the Kaydeross Valley. When he discovered that several important innovations were developed locally, other projects unfolded relating to the inventions of Ballston Spa, Saratoga County and the Capital District. A lifelong interest in railroading led to three books that describe the history of railroads within the Capital Region of New York.
For most of his career, Tim has been involved in accounting and finance in the nonprofit industry. He has contributed chapters to several local history books and is frequently seen in various print publications. He is a member of the Bridge Line Historical Society and the New York Central System Historical Society, and he volunteers as the treasurer of the Saratoga County Historical Society. He lives in Rock City Falls with his wife, Alison, and daughter, Morgan.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 5

Canal Wars 23

Rate Wars 41

Hudson River Wars 64

The New York Central War 79

The Susquehanna War 96

The Great Erie War 110

Labor Wars 131

Timeline of Selected Events 151

Bibliography 153

Index 157

About the Author 159

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