Railways and Geography

Railways and Geography

Railways and Geography

Railways and Geography

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This volume is not an attempt to give a detailed review of every railway system of the world in relation to its geographical environment. Rather it is an endeavour in the space available, to portray, with reference to numerous and varied examples, the geographical factors which have influenced in different places, at different times, the construction and the operation of railways. A certain bias occurs in the selection of examples in that stress has been laid upon Britain and North America--the former because it was the land in which railways evolved and the latter because it was the first sub-continent to be effectively developed as a result of railway construction.

The book owes much to writers of technical articles and books. Every endeavour has been made to acknowledge particular items used from these sources and an apology is tendered for any inadvertently omitted. For over a quarter of a century collecting railway literature has been my hobby and it has not always been possible to identify a source.

I am greatly indebted for information given with unfailing courtesy by railwaymen in Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, South and East Africa and Britain and by the Port Authority of New York City. Two persons who must be singled out for their particular assistance are Miss Elizabeth O. Cullen of the Association of American Railroads, who has helped me in countless ways, and Mr. P. C. Masefield for permission to incorporate material from his stimulating Presidential Address to the Institute of Transport. Acknowledgement is also due to the editors, Professors Wooldridge and East, and to Mrs. Ruth Klauber for their help and encouragement. Proof-reading would have been far more onerous but for the help given by my wife.

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