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Arthur Mellen Wellington (18471895) was an American civil engineer remembered for his 1887 book The Economic Theory of the Location of Railways.

The saying that An engineer can do for a dollar what any fool can do for two is attributed to him.

His book The economic theory of the location of railways was first published in 1887 by the Railroad Gazette and John Wiley New York. The subtitle was An analysis of the conditions which govern the judicious adjustment of gradients, curvature and length of line to each other, and to the character and volume of traffic. The 5th edition had the subtitle An analysis of the conditions controlling the laying out of railways to effect the most judicious expenditure of capital. He indicated the importance of the ruling gradient, and its effect on train loads and running costs. By 1906 it was in its 6th edition and had also been printed in London.

He was involved in the design and construction of new railways in Mexico.

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