Civil War Railroads & Models by Edwin P. Alexander

By Edwin P. Alexander

For all railroad enthusiasts, historians, and version railroad developers, this is often the definitive paintings on Civil battle railroads and versions. Profusely illustrated with 280 images and drawings, it's the results of decades of analysis via the popular authority on railroads Edwin P. Alexander.

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For a view of the bridge before Figure 24. its at Richmond; destruction see Figure 72. Three-way stub switches and switch stands on the Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore at the entrance to the Susquehanna River Ferry at Havre de Grace, Maryland. A bridge 3,269 feet in length was opened for traffic November 28, 1866, completing an all-rail line between Philadelphia and Baltimore. Track Construction: Actual is" Scale • 45 As the war continued and the supply of rail became critical in the South, less important roads and branch lines were stripped of" their rails to help maintain the more important arteries.

Rails. New The original Long Bridge across the Potomac at Washington; note is at left. View is toward the Virginia shore. railroad bridge the disused Historical Figure 16. Left: The original Long Bridge. channel Virginia end (length 5,104 feet). Right: The new An A-frame Background • 37 railroad bridge at the ship's with cables supported the movable span. organize railroad and telegraphic communications for the War Department under Simon Cameron, its secretary. Cognizant of the importance of rail connections to the south, one of Scott's first acts was to have rails laid across the bridge and to Alexandria.

In 1855 Congress authorized the Alexandria and Washington Railroad, whose track ended at the bridge, to lay a rail connection in Washington to the Baltimore & Ohio station. Omnibuses and wagons were used for crossing the bridge. Later the Virginia trackage was removed. At the outbreak of hostilities the War Department took possession of Long Bridge. Thomas A. Scott of the Pennsylvania Railroad came to Washington April 26, 1861, to Figure 15. rails. New The original Long Bridge across the Potomac at Washington; note is at left.

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