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Image from page 632 of “Electric railway journal” (1908)
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Title: Electric railway journal
Year: 1908 (1900s)
Subjects: Electric railroads
Publisher: [New York] McGraw Hill Pub. Co
Contributing Library: Smithsonian Libraries
Digitizing Sponsor: Smithsonian Libraries
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W. D. Hall, superintendent of powerplant and electrical equipment and superintendent of tunnel,who reports to W. D. Robb, superintendent of motive power.Grand Trunk Railway System. Reporting to Mr. Hall arefour subdivisions of the force: A first engineer in charge ofthe power house, four pumping plant attendants, roundhouseforeman and the line crew of two men who take care of theelectric lighting and trolley maintenance. April 2, 1910.] ELECTRIC RAILWAY JOURNAL. 601 FIREPROOF CAR STRUCTURES FOR RICHMOND, VIRGINIA The Virginia Railway & Power Company, Richmond, Va.,was in the hands of a receiver up to July 1, 1909. During thereceivership period, which lasted 5 years, no large amounts weredisbursed for new work and practically all money spent waspurely for the maintenance of the property. It has now beendecided, however, to replace the old-time wooden car houseswith structures of brick, concrete and steel. These are beingplanned and built to conform as closely as practicable to the
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KEY TO BUILDINGS. No. 1, Sand house. No. 2, New oil room. No. 3, Storeroom. No. 4a and 4b, Car houses. Nos. 5 and 6, Mens toilets and lockers. No. 7, Blacksmith shop. No. 8, New paint shop. No. 9, Boiler room. No. 10, Paint shop to be proposed new machine shop.No. 11, Machine shop to be proposed new carpsnter shop.Nos. 12 and 13, Proposed car houses.No. 14, Transfer table. Richmond Car Structures—Plan of New Main Shops andCar Houses fireproof standards of the local underwriters. In each case,the insurance association has figured out a base rate for what itconsiders a good risk and has afterward increased the pre-mium in accordance with the number and character of thefire hazards. The combined capacity of the new buildings will and freight terminal and car house at Twenty-ninth and PStreets in Richmond and also one at Manchester, Va. Otherplans are in mind for extensive renewals and rehabilitation oftrack, but these are dependent on the Richmond Council grant-ing the company a new bl
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Approaching Birmingham, Alabama, I-20 Westbound
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Birmingham is the largest city in Alabama. The city is the county seat of Jefferson County. The city’s population was 212,237 according to the 2010 United States Census. The Birmingham-Hoover Metropolitan Area had a population of about 1,128,047 according to the 2010 Census, which is approximately one-quarter of Alabama’s population.
Birmingham was founded in 1871, during the post-Civil War Reconstruction period and grew into an industrial and railroad transportation center with a focus on mining, the iron and steel industry, and railroading. Birmingham was named for Birmingham, one of the major industrial cities of the United Kingdom. In one writer’s view, the city was planned as a place where cheap, non-unionized, and African-American labor from rural Alabama could be employed in the city’s steel mills and blast furnaces, giving it a competitive advantage over industrial cities in the Midwest and Northeast.
From its founding through the end of the 1960s, Birmingham was a primary industrial center of the South. The pace of Birmingham’s growth during the period from 1881 through 1920 earned its nicknames The Magic City and The Pittsburgh of the South. Much like Pittsburgh, Birmingham’s major industries were iron and steel production, plus a major component of the railroading industry, where rails and railroad cars were both manufactured in Birmingham. In the field of railroading, the two primary hubs of railroading in the Deep South were nearby Atlanta and Birmingham, beginning in the 1860s and continuing through to the present day. The economy diversified during the later half of the twentieth century. Though the manufacturing industry maintains a strong presence in Birmingham, other businesses and industries such as banking, telecommunications, transportation, electrical power transmission, medical care, college education, and insurance have risen in stature. Mining in the Birmingham area is no longer a major industry with the exception of coal mining. Birmingham ranks as one of the most important business centers in the Southeastern United States and is also one of the largest banking centers in the United States. In addition, the Birmingham area serves as headquarters to one Fortune 500 company: Regions Financial. Five Fortune 1000 companies are headquartered in Birmingham.