Book Description: New York's railroads were born of the cutthroat conflict
of rate wars, bloody strikes and legislative graft. The railroad wars began as soon as the first
line [a New York Central predecessor] was chartered between Albany and
Schenectady. Supporters of the Erie
Canal tried to block the new technology that would render their waterway
obsolete. After the first roads overcame
that hurdle, they began battling with one another in a series of rate wars to
gain market share. Attracted by the
success of the rails, the most powerful and cunning capitalists in the
country--Cornelius Vanderbilt, Jay Gould, Daniel Drew and others -- joined the
Timothy Starr's account of New York's railroad wars steams through the nineteenth century with stories of rate pools, labor strikes, stock corners, legislative bribery and treasury plundering the likes of which the world had never seen.
Author Bio: Timothy Starr was born in Danbury, Connecticut, and moved
with his family to Hebron, New York, in 1977.
Soon after graduating college, he moved to historic Saratoga county, and
after noticing many ruins around the town of Milton, he began researching its
history. After stumbling upon an old
trolley rail bed behind his house, he was motivated to write a book about it,
called “The Ballston Terminal Railroad and Its Successors”. That project led to another detailing rail
served industries, called “Lost Industries of the Kaydeross Valley”. He has been published in many Saratoga area
magazines and the Ballston Journal. He
is currently the treasurer of the Saratoga County Historical Society Board of
Trustees, and lives in Rock City Falls.
Be aware that the accuracy of some of Arcadia’s home-spun histories is sometimes questionable. Hence, your NYCSHS directors would be interested in reviews by knowledgeable members. Published by Arcadia / History Press, this 160 page softcover, with 61 b&w images, retails for $20, with NYCSHS members paying only $16.00. Shipping is extra and Ohio residents must add 8% Ohio sales tax.