The New York Subway: Its Construction and Equipment / Edition 2

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When the first cars of New York's new underground railroad left City Hall station on October 27, 1904, they were the property of a private firm called the Interborough Rapid Transit, running on public tracks. The IRT realized what seemed an impossible dream for more than 30 years - financing, designing, and building an underground railroad that ran from lower Manhattan right to the Bronx. Ground was broken in 1900; four years later, New Yorkers would ride uptown and down on the rapid transit railroad they called "the subway." sSo spectacular was the achievement, and so proud was the IRT, that the company published this testament to the massive public work it had just completed. Originally printed in a larger, tabloid-size format, this remarkable book is a detailed, lavishly illustrated account of the building of the first subway.

Here, in 12 chapters, is the definitive story of the design, planning, and construction of everything that went underground - from the routes under Broadway to descriptions of the maneuvering around the intricate network of sewers, water and gas mains, steam pipes, and tunnels along the way. Discover a wealth of fascinating information about how the tunnels were dug, tracks laid, stations built, electricity supplied, and rolling stock designed for maximum speed and safety. From the hardware of complicated signal systems to the design of the original toll booths (in oak, with brass fixtures), the book offers an unsurpassed wealth of engineering and technical data - on everything from the cut-and-cover construction of the tunnels to the building of the huge power stations that still loom over the city. It's all here, from detailed description of small circuits and switches to vivid accounts of the big digs that set track and stations into place. The beautifully reproduced photographs, maps, schematics, elevations, and other illustrations are accompanied by the IRT's own clear, comprehensive narrative, many charts and tables, and a new introduction by Brian Cudahy.

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Editorial Reviews

A facsimile of the 1904 edition originally published by the Interborough Rapid Transit Company to commemorate the opening of New York's first subway line. Many photos and line drawings. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823213191
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1991
  • Edition description: 2
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 150
  • Product dimensions: 11.10 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.60 (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

Introduction 1
Facsimile of the 1904 edition 5
Table of Contents 9
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