Cover for TAYLOR: The American Railroad Network, 1861-1890. Click for larger image

The American Railroad Network, 1861-1890

The emergence of railroads during the Civil War, their expansion westward, the adoption of uniform rail gauges, and the first key consolidations in the industry.

Rapid population growth in the Great Plains and the American West after the Civil War was the result not only of railroad expansion but of a collaboration among competing railroads to adopt a uniform width for track. The American Railroad Network, 1861-1890 shows how the consolidation of smaller railroads and the growth of capitalism worked to unify the fragmented railroad industry through standardization.

George Rogers Taylor and Irene D. Neu cover the emergence of railroads before and during the Civil War, their expansions westward, the gradual adoption of a national rail gauge, and the development of standardized equipment and car interchange rules that set examples for American industry in general.

A pioneering work first published in 1956, The American Railroad Network, 1861-1890 provides a framework for understanding how advancements in technology are both impeded and fostered by political processes and commercial pressures. This paperback edition features three full-color fold-out maps and a new introduction by Railroad History editor Mark Reutter.

To order online:
//www.press.uillinois.edu/books/catalog/73tsr4rz9780252071140.html

To order by phone:
(800) 621-2736 (USA/Canada)
(773) 702-7000 (International)

Related Titles

previous book next book
To Battle for God and the Right

The Civil War Letterbooks of Emerson Opdycke

Edited by Glenn V. Longacre and John E. Haas

Young America

Land, Labor, and the Republican Community

Mark A. Lause

The Shadows Rise

Abraham Lincoln and the Ann Rutledge Legend

John Evangelist Walsh

A Civil War Soldier of Christ and Country

The Selected Correspondence of John Rodgers Meigs, 1859-64

Edited by Mary A. Giunta

The Lincoln Image

Abraham Lincoln and the Popular Print

Harold Holzer, Gabor S. Boritt, and Mark E . Neely Jr.

Collaborators for Emancipation

Abraham Lincoln and Owen Lovejoy

William F. Moore and Jane Ann Moore

Devil's Game

The Civil War Intrigues of Charles A. Dunham

Carman Cumming

Freeing Charles

The Struggle to Free a Slave on the Eve of the Civil War

Scott Christianson

A Scalawag in Georgia

Richard Whiteley and the Politics of Reconstruction

William Warren Rogers Jr.

General John Pope

A Life for the Nation

Peter Cozzens