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EBT was clearly a special case, being from circa 1905 on ,the transportation arm of a coal company operating in a district where the rolling coal seam topography precluded any large mines. That company survived by using the EBT to combine the output of multiple small mines, and move the raw coal to a single large coal cleaning plant, located alongside the standard gauge that could take it on to actual markets.
On June 16, 2021 12:43 PM Russ Norris <rbnorrisjr@...> wrote:
Really interesting, John, that the author has absolutely nothing good to say about "the narrow gage myth". I model the East Broad Top, which ran successfully from 1875 until 1956, and for much of its lifetime showed a profit for the shareholders. I'm sure you could think of other narrow gauge railroads for which the same could be said. And this was written at a time when the country was covered with narrow gauge railroads. Amazing.
I have recently been combing the technical press for articles on tunnel construction, and ran across a 1905 evaluation of the cost savings to be expected, in constructing and operating light railways on a narrow gauge.
This is by the editor of Engineering News, probably the leading engineering publication in North America at that time. It begins on the lower left of the following page:
Russ Norris, MMR
Cape Cod, Massachusetts