Railroads of Rhode Island: Shaping the Ocean State's Railways

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From steam - powered trains to the high - powered expresses of today, Rhode Island holds a respected seat in railroad history.

Dominated by Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island's scenic coast is paralleled by the tracks of some of the oldest and now fastest railroads in the United States. With determination and ingenuity, early civil engineers overcame barriers such as the Great Swamp, which stretches from Kingston to Westerly. The state's key position at the intersection of trade ...

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Overview

From steam - powered trains to the high - powered expresses of today, Rhode Island holds a respected seat in railroad history.

Dominated by Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island's scenic coast is paralleled by the tracks of some of the oldest and now fastest railroads in the United States. With determination and ingenuity, early civil engineers overcame barriers such as the Great Swamp, which stretches from Kingston to Westerly. The state's key position at the intersection of trade routes and between the major population centers of New England also shaped the placement of its railroads, as well as their dynamic character. Tour the state's historic railways with longtime railfan and railroad historian Frank Heppner. From the Stonington Line to the Boston and Providence Railroad, speed along the pioneer tracks in Rhode Island.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609493332
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 2/27/2012
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 500,328
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 7

Acknowledgements 11

1 Before the Coming of the Rails 13

2 The Railroad Geography of Rhode Island 23

3 Boston Gets Ready for the Railroad 32

4 The Railroad Gomes to Providence 43

5 South County Joins the World 55

6 The Other Survivor: The Providence and Worcester Railroad 67

7 Go West, Young Man 84

8 The East Bay Makes Tracks 99

9 Little Guys 119

10 Juice Lines: Rhode Island Gets Wired 143

11 The Struggle for Kingston Station 159

12 The Railroads of Rhode Island Today 176

Bibliography 195

Index 201

About the Author 205

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