Cover

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pp. 1-3

Title

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pp. 4-4

Copyright

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pp. 5-7

Contents

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pp. vii-vii

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Introduction

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pp. ix-x

This album of Iowa railroads offers a pictorial record of a variety of scenes that range from steam-powered passenger trains to small town depots. An effort has been made to capture the essence of the railroad experience in the Hawkeye State for more than a century. ...

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1. The Age of Steam

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pp. 1-55

Much of the history of Iowa is associated directly with the Railway Age. No one would deny that the railroad evolved into a magnificent means of long distance transportation, both for freight and passengers. The process began in the United States at about the point when the first Euro-American settlement occurred in the future territory and later the state of Iowa. ...

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2. Under the Wire

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pp. 56-95

Iowans benefited from more than the highly developed grid work of steam railroads. Although the Hawkeye State never became the heartland of the electric interurban railway, a significant number of intercity electric or so-called juice roads emerged between the late 1890s and early 1900s. ...

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3. Down at the Depot

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pp. 96-131

Before the widespread presence of internal combustion motor vehicles rails bound together state and nation. At every official railroad station Iowans gained formal access through the depot building to the iron horse or perhaps to an electric interurban car. ...

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4. Shipping by Rail

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pp. 132-146

The bread and butter for railroads in Iowa involved freight, including carload and less-than-carload shipments. Simply put: freight paid most of the bills. It was common for the early carriers to dispatch only a single daily except Sunday freight train that conducted switching chores at the various stations. ...

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5. Working on the Railroad

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pp. 147-212

The distinguished American railroad historian Richard C. Overton liked to make the point that “the railroad was commonly the first wage-earning experience for farm boys.” And that statement frequently held true for Iowans. Farm lads often found agricultural work unattractive; ...

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6. The Diesel Revolution

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pp. 213-279

Every industry has experienced technology replacements and railroads are no exceptions. Arguably the most important change came with the introduction of diesel-electric locomotives, initially for switching and then for passenger and freight service. The “diesel revolution” radically altered the nature of railroading in Iowa and the nation. ...

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7. In Recent Times

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pp. 280-298

No industry remains static, else it atrophies and perishes. Railroads in Iowa underscore the intrinsic truth of that statement. Since the 1960s the railroad scene has undergone monumental changes. It has been a fluid period, ironically somewhat reminiscent of the building and consolidation process of the nineteenth century. ...

Selected Readings

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pp. 299-300