By Geoff Body, Bill Parker
Operating a railway is a posh company. besides the fact that well-run it really is there'll continuously be surprises, usually hilarious, often unforeseen, occasionally severe. right here railway execs remember striking incidents from throughout their careers at the railways, lovingly compiled by means of professional railwaymen and authors Geoff physique and invoice Parker. the incidents coated during this illustrated publication comprise such weird and wonderful 'everyday' occasions as dealing with hurricanes, rogue locomotives and runaway wagons, PR successes and differently, the Brighton Belle, Flying Scotsman and Mallard, education path capers, a wino invasion, trackside antics, the Eurostar backdrop, the beginning of a jail, and royal and different designated events. An stress-free glance again at existence at the railways.
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22 This report fails to mention the cigar that was forever clenched in his teeth during the races, even when his face was caked with mud and oil, and the whiskey flask that was probably swinging around his neck. Oh, Barney. Such a poor example for the children. Barney Oldfield’s dream run came to a crashing halt on September 8, 1903, on his return to the Grosse Pointe track. Oldfield lost it in the turn after blowing the rightrear tire of his Winton Baby Bullet. The Bullet shot through the fence and killed a spectator.
Qxd 7/26/06 2:17 PM Page 20 A Dark Wave Cometh . . the bicycle was a recreation and a fad. 27 —henry ford, 1906 U Unfortunately for us—the few, the proud, the cyclists—there turned out to be some truth in the first part of Ford’s pronouncement, where he smugly waves bye-bye to the bicycle. And the second part was right on— the automobile was no fad. In the early twentieth century, ordinary Americans, when given half a chance, fell head over heels for the automobile and decided it was about as indispensable as the legs they were born with.
When the streetcar companies struggled, private investors withheld their capital, resulting in a vicious cycle. Many of these companies went bankrupt in the 1920s and 1930s. qxd 7/26/06 2:17 PM Page 28 forthcoming. The streetcars, run by private companies from the beginning, were always expected to pay their own way. 45 Just a few decades after the tracks were torn out, American cities were pining for their old rail systems. Predictable, eh? A 1973 federal provision allowed for a portion of the sacred federal highway funds to be diverted to mass transit, and, across the nation, politicians and municipal transit authorities proposed the building of urban rail systems as if this were a shiny new idea.
Along Different Lines: 70 Real Life Railway Stories by Geoff Body, Bill Parker