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Back on track : American railroad accidents and safety, 1965-2015

Author: Mark Aldrich
Publisher: Baltimore, Maryland : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2018. ©2018
Series: Hagley library studies in business, technology, and politics
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The history of American railroad safety divides into three overlapping periods. Down to roughly 1955, safety steadily improved. But as new competition arrived--cars, trucks, and airplanes--economic regulation precluded an effective response; after the mid-1950s profitability eroded and safety worsened. The focus of this book begins in 1965; the carriers were collapsing into bankruptcy and their safety eroding.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Aldrich, Mark.
Back on track : American railroad accidents and safety, 1965-2015.
Baltimore, Maryland : Johns Hopkins University Press, ©2018
xvi, 284 pages
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Aldrich
ISBN: 9781421424163 1421424169 1421424169
OCLC Number: 1018455518
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: The long view: American railroad safety, 1828-1955 --
Off the tracks: the rise of train accidents, 1955-1978 --
On the right track: the long campaign train accidents, 1965-2015 --
A way of life: work safety in the modern era, 1955-2015 --
Passenger safety in modern times, 1955-2015 --
Look out for the train: motorists and trespassers, 1955-2015 --
Conclusion: back on track, railroad safety, 1965-2015.
Series Title: Hagley library studies in business, technology, and politics
Responsibility: Mark Aldrich.

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Demonstrates how railroad safety evolved from the intersection of market pressures, technology, and public sentiment."-Journal of Southern History  Read more...

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