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Henry Ford: When  I Ran the Railroads

A Chronicle of Henry Ford's Operation of The Detroit, Toledo & Ironton Railroad (1920-1929)

Scott D. Trostel

 

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HENRY FORD: WHEN I RAN THE RAILROADS is the only book ever written exclusively about Henry Ford's fascinating railroad ventures operating the Detroit, Toledo & Ironton Railroad.

This book is acclaimed as an extraordinary depiction of Ford's The Detroit, Toledo & Ironton Railroad, DT&I, for the years of his ownership of the railroad (years 1920 to 1929.) The reader is instantly drawn into a fascinating chronicle of one of the most interesting incidents in twentieth-century American railroading. Detailed are Ford's application of his automotive style management on the railroad and the net effect, his attempts to electrify the railroad, and his moves to try and by the Virginian Railroad to give him a deep water port.

This book explores such topics as railroad electrification, labor relations, traffic relations and Ford's efforts to thrust the railroad into a position as a primary function of the automotive assembly line, years ahead of his time.

Learn how Ford was challenged by competitive railroads and strangled by government regulations in a most unstable era in American transportation history.

Trostel uses liberal maps, illustrations and photos to cover the history of the D T & I in this era. Over 135 photos, 17 maps and illustrations and excellent text.

Chapters include:

  • The Early Detroit, Toledo and Ironton Railroad

  • Ford Buys the Railroad

  • Railroad President Mr. Ford

  • Transportation Services

  • The Detroit and Ironton Railroad Company

  • Fordson Shops

  • Improvements to the Physical Plant

  • Construction of the Malinta Cut-Off

  • Government Over regulation and the Competition

  • Railroad Electrification

  • Passenger Service

  • Construction of Flat Rock Yards

  • Ford Sells the Railroad
     

152 pages, 16 maps, 139 photographs Exclusive coverage of Henry Ford's ownership of the Detroit, Toledo & Ironton Railroad Hard cover Color dust jacket  978-0-925436-04-7  $34.95    

THE COMPANION BOOK . . .

The Detroit, Toledo & Ironton Railroad

Henry Ford's Railroad

This is a comprehensive history of a key Ohio railroad spanning 130 years. This book is a lesson in the complexities of the railroad corporation from the earliest days up through 1982. Expertly written and highly acclaimed..  This is a must-have book for every historian and any student of railroad history.

312 pages, 22 maps, 348 photographs, Historical text covering the 15 railroads that made up the D T & I Extensive coverage of Henry Ford's ownership locomotive rosters equipment rosters Hard cover Color dust jacket 978-0-925436-02-3  $59.95 

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