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Description - The Pennsylvania Railroad in Indiana by William J. Watt

The Pennsylvania Railroad's keystone once ranked among America's most widely-recognized corporate logos. The company's sleek trains attracted discriminating travellers during the golden age of rail passenger service. An economic powerhouse which for years qualified as the nation's largest industrial employer, the Pennsy set the pace in freight tonnage, rideship, excellence of service and the fast schedules of its famous passenger runs. This unique railroad occupies an exceptional and enviable place in transportation history. Originally built to link the two most important cities in its home state, the Pennsy then captured wider territory - not with its own track gangs, but using an energetic bevy of operating executives, finance men and lawyers who forged alliances with other railroads, bailed them out of financial trouble, amassed their securities and then took over their routes. In large part it was the railroads that propelled Indiana out of its "Jeffersonian" agrarian outlook and into the robust capitalism of Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockerfeller. This is also the story of the growth of cities and industry along Indiana's Pennsy lines. The Pennsylvanian Railroad was much more than a mere participant in this remarkable process. It often led the way. The railroad in time exerted a profound influence upon Indiana's economy. At its peak the Pennsy operated one-fourth of the state's rail mileage. Its corridors ranging west from Pittsburgh sliced across the Hoosier landscape, and altered the living habits of people who lived or worked near these heavily-utilized tracks. "The Pennsylvania Railroad in Indiana" captures the history of the Pennsy and its Indiana predecessor lines. Here we meet its famous passenger trains, the empire-builders who put down track later acquired by the Pennsy, its impact upon the state's economy, the railroad's contributions to Allied victory in World War II, and the post-war decline which led to merger into Penn Central. Wonderful photographs, advertising and promotional materials, and detailed maps resurrect its speedy passenger trains and heavy-tonnage freights, and show how it earned its slogan: "The Standard Railroad of the World".

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780253337085
ISBN-10: 0253337089
Format: Hardback
(279mm x 216mm x mm)
Pages: 208
Imprint: Indiana University Press
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publish Date: 22-Apr-2000
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - William J. Watt

Indianapolis business consultant William J. Watt is a former Associated Press writer and editor, executive assistant to Indiana Governor Otis R. Bowen, and associate administrator for policy at the Federal Railroad Administration. He also served as Information Director of the Indiana Department of Commerce and as an assistant to former Lt. Gov. Richard E. Folz. During the administration of Governor Robert D. Orr he chaired the Transportation Coordinating Board and Indiana Transportation Finance Authority. Mr. Watt also was Governor Orr's alternate on the Amtrak board of directors. He studied journalism at Indiana University and has served on the board of visitors for the university's School of Public and Environmental Affairs since 1986. Mr. Watt attained the rank of lieutenant colonel in the Indiana Army National Guard during service from 1966-1989.LENGTHIER BIO:William J. Watt, of Indianapolis, Indiana, is a business consultant specializing in transportation, public policy analysis, and corporate communications.After studying journalism at Indiana University, he worked from 1966 to 1969 as a writer and editor for the Associated Press at Indianapolis, and from 1969 to 1973 served as information director of the Indiana Department of Commerce and as an assistant to Lieutenant Governor Richard E. Folz. From 1973 to 1981 he was executive assistant to Governor Otis R. Bowen. Responsibilities included media relations, and liaison with state agencies involved in transportation, energy, and natural resources. He coordinated the state administration's response to the eastern railroad bankruptcies, and chaired an advisory group on energy policy for the Midwestern Governors' Association.During the administration of Governor Robert D. Orr, he chaired the Indiana Transportation Coordinating Board, Indiana Transportation Finance Authority, and White River Park Development Commission. Mr. Watt also served as the governor's alternate on the Amtrak b