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The cable car in America : a new treatise upon cable or rope traction as applied to the working of street and other railways

Author: George Woodman Hilton
Publisher: Stanford : Stanford University Press, 1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Rev. edView all editions and formats
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The book is a treatise on passenger transport using wire rope traction for carriers operating on rail, popularly cable cars or street railways. The system is described. There are extensive photographs and drawings of components, particularly, carriers, grips, brakes, stationary drives, and the haulage ropes. System design, construction, operation and maintenance are covered in detail along with the powerhouses and  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: George Woodman Hilton
ISBN: 0804730512 9780804730518 0804730520 9780804730525
OCLC Number: 37211272
Notes: Originally published: Rev. ed., 2nd ed. San Diego, Calif. : Howell-North Books, ©1982.
Maps of San Francisco and Kansas City cable lines on endpapers.
Description: 484 pages : illustrations, maps ; 29 cm
Contents: Preface Part I. Cable Traction: 1. The invention 2. The expansion 3. The grip 4. The cable 5. The conduit 6. The powerhouse 7. Cable economics 8. The decline Part II. The Individual Cable Lines: San Francisco, Chicago, Philadelphia, Kansas City, Missouri, Cincinnati, New York, Los Angeles, Binghampton, Hoboken, St. Louis.
Responsibility: George W. Hilton ; cartography by James A. Bier.
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This is a study of the American Cable Car, a widely touted form of urban transformation once operated in 29 cities across the United States. The once-promising technology proved inefficient, however,  Read more...

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"No one before or since attempted such a complete history of the cable railway. It ranks very high in the area of U.S. transit history." -John D. White, Curator Emeritus of Transportation History, Read more...

 
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