Rails Under the Mighty Hudson: The Story of the Hudson Tubes, the Pennsylvania Tunnels, and Manhattan Transfer

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Rails Under the Mighty Hudson tells a story that begins in the final years of the nineteenth century and reaches fulfillment in the first decade of the twentieth: namely, the building of rail tunnels under the Hudson River linking New Jersey and New York. These tunnels remain in service today-although one is temporarily out of service since its Manhattan terminal was under the World Trade Center-and are the only rail crossings of the Hudson in the metropolitan area.Two of the tunnels were built by the Hudson and...
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Overview


Rails Under the Mighty Hudson tells a story that begins in the final years of the nineteenth century and reaches fulfillment in the first decade of the twentieth: namely, the building of rail tunnels under the Hudson River linking New Jersey and New York. These tunnels remain in service today-although one is temporarily out of service since its Manhattan terminal was under the World Trade Center-and are the only rail crossings of the Hudson in the metropolitan area.Two of the tunnels were built by the Hudson and Manhattan Railroad, a company headed by William Gibbs McAdoo, a man who later served as U.S. Secretary of the Treasury and even mounted a campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination at one point. McAdoo's H&M remains in service today as the PATH System of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.The other tunnel was opened in 1910 by the Pennsylvania Railroad, led to the magnificent Penn Station on Eighth Avenue and 33rd Street, and remains in daily service today for both Amtrak and New Jersey Transit. The author has updated this new edition with additional photographs, a concluding chapter on recent developments, and a Preface that recounts the last trains of September to the World Trade Center Terminal.
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The author has updated his 1975 book (Stephen Greene Press, Brattleboro, Vermont). With cheerful enthusiasm, he recounts both engineering and socio-political events connected with the building of railways under the Hudson River. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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The author has updated his 1975 book (Stephen Greene Press, Brattleboro, Vermont). With cheerful enthusiasm, he recounts both engineering and socio-political events connected with the building of railways under the Hudson River. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823221905
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2002
  • Series: Hudson Valley Heritage Series , #2
  • Edition description: 2
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

BRIAN J. CUDAHY's books include Around Manhattan Island: And Other Maritime Tales ofNew York and A Century of Subways: Celebrating 100 Years of New York's Underground Railways (both Fordham). He lives in Bluffton, SC.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition 7
Prologue 9
Pt. 1 The Hudson Tubes 10
Pt. 2 The New York Tunnel Extension 27
Pt. 3 Transition 55
Pt. 4 Into a New Century 81
Bibliography 97
App. A Rapid Transit Roster 101
App. B Electric Locomotives 102
App. C Railroad Electric Multiple-Unit Cars 104
App. D Departures from Penn Station 106
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