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Chapter 1: E12

Andrew Everett Brooklands Books ePub
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8 The Times That Try Men’s Souls

Howard H. Lewis Indiana University Press ePub


The Times That Try Men’s Souls

The meetings we had of counsel for all the transferors, where we sat around trying to feel each other out, did not occur in a vacuum. Prior to our getting together, the Special Court had made a strong suggestion as to what it did and did not wish to hear, and we had already had the two rounds of briefing and oral argument described above, one on the constitutional minimum value and the other on the unconstitutional erosion. It was clear at this point that if the public remained the buyer, the price it would have paid was limited; perhaps, as the court suggested, it might have paid original cost less depreciation and deterioration (OCLDD), but reconstruction new was out of the question. At any rate, our first line of attack had to be to value the operating properties as an operating profit-making enterprise, not as a public service, or, if valued as a public service, as a key ingredient in an overall rail transportation network. The net result of this conclusion led all but one of us to make up a hypothetical universe in which there were a number of buyers competing for our properties, and, with respect to a public buyer, a number of competitors to provide the service offered by the railroads.

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1. Genesis: 1901–1903

Jr.Herbert H. Harwood Indiana University Press ePub

The year was 1901, the first year of the twentieth century. Ohio’s own William McKinley was in the White House and Victoria was Queen of Great Britain and Ireland, Empress of India, and monarch of Britain’s other dominions beyond the seas — including Canada. Neither would survive the year — McKinley felled by an assassin’s bullet and Victoria of the more natural effects of age. She was 82, had reigned for 64 years, and had defined an entire age.

And in Ohio, reigning over a wholly different empire — which also included Canada — were Henry A. Everett and Edward W. Moore, two Cleveland entrepreneurs who were rapidly moving to exploit the latest and most promising technological development — the electric railway. By the dawn of the new century steam railroads overwhelmingly dominated American intercity transportation; virtually all overland travel and freight movement was by rail. To get anywhere beyond a few miles, there was no other way.

But a different kind of railroading had suddenly evolved during the decade just past. Electricity was applied to urban street railways beginning in 1888, radically changing their form and potential. Now no longer limited by the speed and stamina of horses, these street railways were built outwards from the cities over increasingly longer distances. By the mid-1890s some were beginning to link towns and cities and distinguishing themselves from ordinary streetcar lines with a new name — interurbans. By the turn of the century the development of high-voltage three-phase alternating current transmission made long-distance electrified lines practical, and proved the key to interurban expansion.

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8 Around the Horn

Don L. Hofsommer Indiana University Press ePub

WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND. WELL, PRETTY close, but not quite in this case. The odyssey had begun in Iowa but would end in Minnesota – again, and by way of South Dakota. A change of jobs predictably explains new locations.

The allure of railroads and railroading had not escaped or evaporated, but the railroad landscape certainly had changed over the years. The number of Class One carriers had diminished to a handful. Gone were electric-trolley roads, steam, gas–electric cars, cabooses, most passenger trains, local station agencies, a host of branches and even secondary routes, and, of course, the wonderful employees who had been a part of them. “Off the main lines” became increasingly problematic. And favored cameras began to fail. Exposures became less frequent. But what a show it had been!

Sioux Falls, South Dakota, once had been a major hub of railroad activity offered by Milwaukee Road, Great Northern, Omaha, Illinois Central, and Rock Island. By 1987, much had changed. Rock Island left the city before its corporate demise, and IC followed. Milwaukee had been acquired by Soo Line, but its former assets at Sioux Falls were now the property of still others. Great Northern had become an integral part of Burlington Northern, but the line to Yankton was gone. Omaha had been fully absorbed into Chicago & North Western, but C&NW had become intent on disposing of branches and would soon exit. Extra 4284 East is about to cross Burlington Northern’s Willmar–Sioux City line at Manley, Minnesota. August 30, 1988.

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Chapter 10 - Preparation for the Rebuild

Gordon Lund Brooklands Books ePub

Make a List

By this time you will have a good idea of what parts you wish to replace with new, and the parts that are worth renovating. Make a list and shop around to ensure that the parts are available, at what cost and whether they are on back order at the factory. Some parts may be discontinued and you may be left with making the best out of what you have got, or search the small ads in Lotus club magazines. Some parts can be obtained at autojumbles, especially at Lotus events around the country. A word of warning, there is a lot of rubbish about so be selective. Know exactly what you want and how much you are prepared to pay. Some parts though will command a high price if rare and in good condition.

Reverse all Strip Down InstructionThe Great Manual Get Out Clause

All workshop manuals seem to rely on this method of rebuild instruction. It saves on print and paper, but is no help to you when no way will an assembly go back together the way it came apart. In some cases things have a habit of falling apart when you least expect it and the manual description is meaningless. Remember the photographs you took a while back? Dig them out and see if any you took have some bearing on the problem in hand. If you took adequate notes and made sketches at the time these might be of some help. This is the time when you wish you had made sketches, took more photographs, but hindsight is a great leveller. When you do start to strip anything, think. Will you be able to rebuild it in two years time when you have forgotten every thing you did at the time?

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