Railroads Of Meridian

Hardcover | July 5, 2012

byJ. Parker Lamb

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This generously illustrated narrative follows the evolution of dozens of separate railroads in the Meridian, Mississippi, area from the destruction of the town's rail facilities in the 1850s through the current era of large-scale consolidation. Presently, there are only seven mega-size rail systems in the United States, three of which serve Meridian, making it an important junction on one of the nation's four major transcontinental routes. The recent creation of a nationally prominent high-speed freight line between Meridian and Shreveport, the "Meridian Speedway," has allowed the Union Pacific, Kansas City Southern, and Norfolk Southern railroads to offer the shortest rail route across the continent for Asia-US-Europe transportation.

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This generously illustrated narrative follows the evolution of dozens of separate railroads in the Meridian, Mississippi, area from the destruction of the town's rail facilities in the 1850s through the current era of large-scale consolidation. Presently, there are only seven mega-size rail systems in the United States, three of which ...

J. Parker Lamb, Professor Emeritus at the University of Texas, is author of six books, including Perfecting the American Steam Locomotive (IUP, 2003) and Evolution of the American Diesel Locomotive (IUP, 2007).David H. Bridges is a native of Philadelphia, Mississippi, situated 38 miles northwest of Meridian. His predominant railroad in...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:176 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 0.8 inPublished:July 5, 2012Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253005922

ISBN - 13:9780253005922

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Table of Contents

Foreword

Introduction
1. Antebellum Beginnings
2. A New Start
3. A New Century
4. Entrepreneur Extraordinaire
5. Roller-Coaster Ride
6. A Tumultuous Decade
7. Coming of Age
8. Postwar Metamorphosis
9. More Changes
10. Another Renaissance
Epilogue

References
Index

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"An excellent contribution to the history of railroads in the South. Southern railroading in general has been a chronically neglected subject." -Herbert H. Harwood, Jr., author of The Railroad That Never Was: Vanderbilt, Morgan, and the South Pennsylvania Railroad