The standard gauge railway which crosses the upper valley of river Tevere, from the historic town of Sansepolcro down to the industrial town of Terni, better known as Ferrovia Centrale Umbra, is the subject of this interesting book, written by the author together with a reporter of Umbria’s origin, even if resident from several decades in the Milan’s industrial belt. About this railway all the different aspects are discovered and duly discussed, comparing the different plans, from the period of the steam traction and later the first Italian pioneer single phase electrification, at the voltage of 11.000 volts and 25 cycles frequency. Then follows the description of the years before the world war second, when the company’s shops introduced some unusual articulated electric motor cars, a rebuild of four-wheeled passenger coaches; than the nearly complete destruction of the network during the war and the post-war reconstruction and the second electrification scheme, with the standardized 3.000 volts d.c. system and the acquisition of the new rolling stock, who has granted a regular public service for more than forty years, till the phase-out of the overhead juice power and the dieselization of the system owing to the obsolescence of the substations and overhead system itself. The story of these later aspects is fully described, besides of a plenty of nice pictures, also with some newspaper’s shorts, who better introduce the reader into the local problems in favour and Vs. the different proposals. The last part of the book includes a very wide addendum who describes the different Italian railways (including their rolling stock) who as well as the Ferrovia Centrale Umbra did electrify their network prior to world war first with the single phase system. 428 pages in total, including a nearly equivalent number of pictures, maps and drawings of the rolling stock.
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