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Chesapeake & Ohio Passenger Service 1847-1971

Chesapeake & Ohio Passenger Service 1847-1971
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  • Seller:C&O Historical Society
  • Sales Rank:1,892,645
  • Languages:English (Published), English (Original Language), English (Unknown)
  • Media:Hardcover
  • Number Of Items:1
  • Edition:0
  • Pages:224
  • Shipping Weight (lbs):2.8
  • Dimensions (in):8.5 x 1 x 11
  • Publication Date:October 4, 2013
  • ISBN:0939487616
  • EAN:9780939487615
  • ASIN:0939487616
Availability:Usually ships in 1-2 business days


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Synopsis
This book by T. W. Dixon, Jr., details the whole history of passenger train service on the C&O. Beginning with the Virginia Central in the 1840s and ending with Amtrak's takeover in 1971, much of the information has never before been published. Especially during the 1920-1971 period, the era of the heavyweight steel passenger equipment and the lightweight streamlined cars, the heaviest and most powerful steam locomotives, and the iconic E8 diesels - a wealth of detail. Mail, express, dining car, sleeping car, and ancillary service are covered, as well as motive power, cars, schedules, consists, methods of operation, stations, staff/personnel, advertising, and all the elements that went to make the C&O's passenger trains not only highly efficient, greatly successful, widely known, and well respected. Though passengers accounted for only 5% of C&O's revenue in the mid-20th century era, the company lavished a great deal of attention on it. The feeling was that, to truly be a first class railway, C&O had to have the very best passenger service. Innovations starting in the 1880s and leading up into the 1950s, put C&O at the forefront of passenger service development from an operational and technological viewpoint. In the final decades C&O absorbed the passenger losses in the belief that the passenger train was the best advertising that it could have.

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