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Engineering InventionFrank J. Sprague and the U.S. Electrical Industry$
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Frederick Dalzell

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262042567

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262042567.001.0001

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Assessing Richmond: Beyond Invention

Assessing Richmond: Beyond Invention

(p.91) 3 Assessing Richmond: Beyond Invention
Engineering Invention

Frederick Dalzell

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This chapter examines the contribution of Frank Sprague's electric railcar project for the Richmond Union Passenger Railway. It suggests that while the project cannot be considered a heroic invention, it marked a turning point in the evolution of the technology, and that Sprague had accomplished a formidable feat of technological engineering and a dramatic staging of the innovation. The chapter highlights his efforts to refine the electric railways technology and the Edison General Electric Company's acquisition of the Sprague Electric Railway and Motor Company (SERM).

Keywords:   Frank Sprague, electric railcar, Richmond, Virginia, technological engineering, Edison General Electric, SERM, innovation

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