2018年02月10日

The Diesel Revolution: Railroad History

Millennium Special
copyright by The Railway & Locomotive Historical Society http://rlhs.org/
digest size, 160 pages, adhesive binding

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Back: On a hazy summer day in 1978, a trio of B&O Geeps hustle a freight through the Potomac Valley alongside the ruins of the C&O Canal. In a few minutes, the diesels will clatter through the interlocking plant at Point of Rocks, Maryland. (Mark Reutter)Cover: Restored Atlantic Coast Line No. 501 poses in December 1999 at its new home at the North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer. The 2,000-hp E-3 unit debuted exactly 60 years earlier on the streamlined Champions placed in service between New York and Miami. (Jim Wrinn)



The Continued Neglect of the Diesel Locomotive
 By MAURY KLEIN
 Why so little scholarly attention? 6

The Revolutionary
 By MARK REUTTER
 Rudolf Diesel and the theory that shook the world 16

Business Strategies and Diesel Development
 By ALBERT J. CHURELLA
 Dueling philosophies in the erecting halls 22

Building a Better Iron Horse
 By MARK REUTTER
 Reinventing the passenger train for speed and profit 38

Industrial Design Speeds Forward
 By JEFFREY L. MEIKLE
 Streamlining and the revolution in design 62

Symbol of Progress
 By JOHN GRUBER
 Images of a futuristic age of trains 73

Railroads and the War
 By WALLACE W. ABBEY
 Steam and diesel roll up their sleeves 81

Culture Clash: Diesel vs. Tradition
 By ROBERT ALDAG
 Empowering management and standardizing labor 89

Getting to Know Her
 By DON L. HOFSOMMER
 Three railroads learn to like the diesel 100

Covered Wagons and Geeps
 By J. PARKER LAMB
 A parade of first-generation growlers 110

Learning from America?
 By COLIN DIVALL
 Technology transfer is not automatic 124

Diesel Railcar: A Look Ahead
 By WILLIAM D. MIDDLETON
 The rise, fall, and return of the RDC 143

Afterword: The Enduring Diesel
 By JAMES L. LARSON
 Will it dominate the next 50 years? 155

Worth Reading 158

End Marker 160
EDITOR'S SEATBOX
 This millennium special edition of Railroad History is devoted to the "machine that saved the railroads." The switch from smoke and reciprocating rods to oil and diesel-electric traction amounted to the greatest change in railroading in the twentieth century. Yet despite the importance and inherent drama of the subject, much of the writing about the diesel has been narrowly technical or submerged in elegiac accounts of the demise of steam power. As Maury Klein points out, the context of dieselization has been neglected. The aim of the following pages is to bring out the context by bringing together leading scholars and experts from various fields.
  Most of the articles here originated from a symposium held at the John W. Barriger III National Railroad Library on April 23-24, 1999, "Railroad Revolution: How the Diesel Locomotive Changed America." The symposium was conducted at the new home of the Barriger Library at the St. Louis Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Papers from the symposium have been edited, amplified, and supplemented with source documents, photographs, and extensive bibliographic references, mostly centering on the pivotal years of 1930-1960.
  Many people have helped make this issue possible. They include Gregory P. Ames, curator of the Barriger Library; John N. Hoover, director of the St. Louis Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri-St. Louis; and John P. Mulderig, a financial analyst at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. In addition, the issue has benefitted greatly from the talents of R&LHS members John Gruber and J. Parker Lamb, whose contributions are highlighted in two special photo inserts. I would further like to thank Cornelius W. Hauck, William F. Howes, Jr., and James L. Larson−plus the crack production team of Dian Post and Carolina R. Lofgren−for their support and hard work.
  This "extra run" of RRH marks the 79th year of publication of a journal that began before the first diesel locomotive, Jersey Central No. 1000, trundled forth on the Hudson River docks in 1925. Our next regular issue, No. 182, will appear, per timecard, in July.

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