Builders of the Hoosac Tunnel by Cliff SchexnayderBuilders of the Hoosac Tunnel by Cliff Schexnayder

Builders of the Hoosac Tunnel

byCliff Schexnayder

Hardcover | October 6, 2015

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The Smithsonian Institution’s Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology is located in the bowels of the National Museum of American History. Cliff was one of the fortunate who, having received a Dibner Library Resident Scholar award, spent many an hour on the other side of those secreted doors. It was an experience rather like that of C. S. Lewis’s Lucy, who climbed into the wardrobe and discovered a magical land. He met no White Witch, but the experience produced this book—the result of a wonderful adventurous journey.

Builders of the Hoosac Tunnel traces the interactions between those who worked to bore the five-mile Hoosac railroad tunnel and those who hindered its construction. From the railroad stockholders, to the Canadian brothers who achieved daylight through the mountain, the story follows the evolution of American Civil Engineering.
CLIFF SCHEXNAYDER is the author of Construction Planning, Equipment & Methods, McGraw-Hill higher education, in print since 1995. He is an Arizona State University eminent scholar, emeritus, and was awarded a fellowship from the Smithsonian Institute Libraries to research the Hoosac. He holds a Ph.D. from Purdue University and B.S.C.E....
Title:Builders of the Hoosac TunnelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:668 pages, 10.3 × 7.4 × 2 inPublished:October 6, 2015Publisher:Peter E. Randall PublisherLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1942155077

ISBN - 13:9781942155072

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Table of Contents

A Path over the Mountain
A Dynasty of Engineers
Canals vs. Steel Rails
Railroad Crusader
The Tunnel Scheme
The Pennsylvania Railroad Engineer
Quick-Profit Friends
Success, Distractions, Suspension of Work
A Line of Baldwin-Trained Engineers
American Inventive Genius
“The Good Lord Hast Delivered”
Walter and Francis Shanley
A Flood and the Great Nitro Explosion
“Fail in the Tunnel”
Trains and Falling Rocks
About the Author

Editorial Reviews

“Builders of the Hoosac Tunnel is a fascinating book describing the politics, society, financing, and construction practiecs as well as civil engineering education during the late 18th and 19th centuries. The tale begins with a chilling description of the worst accident which occurred at the mountain on October 19, 1867 killing thirteen workers.” - Jerry R. Rogers, Ph.D., P.E. WRE, Distinguished M. ASCE