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The Interurban Era by W. D. Middleton
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 Posted: Thu Oct 31st, 2013 04:48 am
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Before getting this book, I wasn't really aware that there were narrow gauge street car or interurban railways in the United States. This book introduced me to the 42" gauge Los Angeles Railway and similarly gauged Denver & InterMountain.

I am not a trolley guy, exclusively narrow gauge up to a couple of years ago, when I took a trip to San Francisco and ending up riding various street cars of the Market Street Railway. And there, I learned about the Sacramento Northern, and the third rail power pick-up.

-Wayde

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 Posted: Thu Sep 25th, 2014 05:31 pm
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Just as an aside, The Interurban Era was part of a 3-volume set by Bill Middleton on electric railroading the U.S. The other two books were: The Time of the Trolley, which focused on the urban streetcar lines, and When the Steam Roads Electrified, covering the electrification of the Class 1 roads such as the Pennsy, New Haven, Milwaukee Road, and others.

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 Posted: Thu Sep 25th, 2014 06:05 pm
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They are good books, Wayde. I've had the trilogy since they came out.

Course, back then I was strictly overhead wire stuff.


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 Posted: Fri Oct 3rd, 2014 07:08 pm
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BTW, Wayde, the Los Angeles city lines (not the Pacific Electric) and the Denver and Interurban were both 42" narrow gauge, so you can prototypically run slim gauge under wire.

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 Posted: Sat Oct 4th, 2014 03:01 pm
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For the not-so-narrow minded, how about 5'3" of Pennsylvania Trolleys?



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 Posted: Sat Oct 4th, 2014 07:11 pm
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For anyone interested to looking at this book, it is available for free on-line at archive.org at:
https://archive.org/stream/interurbanera00midd#page/n5/mode/2up

Dennis aka JawboneFlats

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 Posted: Mon Oct 6th, 2014 08:50 pm
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If you follow the link at top left to open library there is an option to download it. Just sayin'. Jose.



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