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Frank K. Hain and the Manhattan Railway Company: The Elevated Railway, 1875 - 1903
Peter Murray Hain
McFarland Publishing
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Frank K. Hain and the Manhattan Railway Company

The Elevated Railway, 1875 - 1903

By Peter Murray Hain.

Softcover, 7x10, 184 pages, 36 photos, appendix, notes, bibliography, index. 2011.

"Organized under the Rapid Transit Act of 1875, the Manhattan Railway Company (commonly known as the Manhattan Elevated Railway, or the "el") dominated public transportation in late 19th-century New York City. Its four lines extended the length of Manhattan Island into the Bronx, with 334 steam locomotives carrying 1,122 passenger cars over 102 miles of track. From 1880 to 1902, more passengers traveled the el than on any other rapid transit system in the world.

"Frank K. Hain was vice president and general manager of the company for 16 years, during which time he confronted union organizers, horrifying accidents, and a relentless media crusade for conversion to electric power and the establishment of a subway system. This chronicle of New York’s elevated steam railways illuminates an important era in transportation.

"Author Peter Murray Hain is a retired operations and staff officer of the CIA’s Clandestine Service and served in Europe, Southeast Asia, and Washington, D.C. Frank Hain was the author’s great-grandfather’s brother."

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Preface 1

I. The New York and Metropolitan Elevated Railroads 5
II. The Manhattan Railway Company 27
III. Colonel Frank K. Hain 37
IV. A Railroad in Flux (1880–1885) 51
V. Facing Down the Challenges (1886–1888) 67
VI. Leadership Changes (1889–1892) 91
VII. The Depression Takes Its Toll (1893–1896) 109
VIII. Steam Versus Electric Heats Up 121
IX. A Martyrdom to Duty 129
X. Electrification and the Subway 141

Appendix: A Brief Biography of Annie R. Hain (1836–1929) 161
Notes 165
Bibliography 173
Index 175