cm. 22,5 x 14,5, pp. 208, copertina rigida con sovraccoperta, in ottime condizioni.
The Italian State Railways have undergone significant improvements in efficiency and effectiveness, but their success is rooted in a rich history of experimentation and organizational advancements. This book offers a comprehensive English account of Italy’s railway system, chronicling its diverse past. It begins by exploring the construction of the first railways in the independent Italian states, which later amalgamated into the Kingdom of Italy. The narrative further delves into the experiences of these railway companies within the new kingdom, including periods of state operation, culminating in the establishment of the Italian State Railway system in 1905. Despite enduring various challenges, this system eventually prevailed and took its current form.
In addition, the book examines the development of steam locomotives in Italy, some of which remain in operation today. It also explores the rise and decline of third-rail and three-phase electrification, highlighting the eventual adoption of the 3,000V dc system, now responsible for the majority of railway traffic. The evolution of diesel traction, carriages, wagons, train operations, and signaling systems are covered as well. The final chapter provides an overview of the current state of Italian railways, including the adoption of new techniques and innovations.
The book is supplemented by valuable appendices for railway historians. These appendices include comprehensive lists of present-day FS electric locomotives, railcars, and motor coaches, as well as FS diesel locomotives, tractors, and railcars. It also features a record of FS steam locomotives and tabulated information on Italian main-line and minor railways from 1839 to 1970.