This book is an all-color pictorial covering the operations of the Southern Pacific Railroad in northern and central California, from Sacramento to the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond, north to Eureka and south to San Luis Obispo. Seven chapters present stunning color photography of the diverse geography of this part of the Golden State, from redwood forests to open farmland to scenic bayside and ocean vistas to busy urban centers. While emphasis is on operations in the 1960 through 1990 timeframe, Southern Pacific Western Division includes many historic photos from the 1940s and '50s as well, some of which have not previously been published.
Captures the unique operations of several diverse "traditional" small southeastern railroads focusing not only on little-known steam era lines that operated until 1950, but also on stronger roads that survived into the diesel era. Declining local economics and increasing operating costs led to the demise by 1980 of most of the once-independent, locally owned, managed and operated "traditional" shortlines that were abandoned, merged into main lines, or acquired by group owners of small roads.
This volume of the continuing coverage of Big Blue's motive power fleet reviews and displays the medium horsepower road switchers, from GP7 #7000 through GP38-2 #8281. Colorful coverage includes units from Penn Central, Erie Lackawanna, Lehigh Valley, and Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore Lines, as well as Conrail out-sourced and in-house rebuild units, and newly acquired GP38-2's.
The Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway, the largest railroad based in Ohio, operates on over 800 miles of track in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. Exclusively rostering EMD locomotives built from 1957-1986 with the majority painted in a Rio-Grande inspired scheme, the W&LE has a distinct old school look.
Bill Volkmer's first stop in his Pennsy career was a training program at Altoona. His color photography in 1958-59 was just past the steam age and the diesel fleet was still entirely first-generation.
In this volume, Dick Loane's b&w photography includes views of CNJ's BLUE COMET, streamlined LV passenger power, Reading steam working passenger and freight, and and epic excursion out to Altoona on the Pennsy.
The N&W's miniscule switcher fleet grew with the 1964 expansion, which included the Nickel Plate Road, the Wabash, and other railroads. Join us with a look at N&W's switchers and slugs, the E's and F's acquired through the 1964 growth, and the electrics of the former Virginian Railway.
Bram Bailey takes you on a railfan trip through the tourist area north and east of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. You will see first and early second generation diesel units on the Canadian National, Ontario Northland, Via Rail, Algoma Central, Canadian Pacific and the electrics of International Nickel spanning the years 1964 until 2017 with an emphasis on the 1968-1990 time frame.
Morning Sun continues its in-depth look at auto racks, illustrating those used by Louisville and Nashville to the Warwick Railroad. Inlcuded are the rare color photos of some seldom seen racks and cars.
The b&w photography and commentary of Dick Loane of Summit, NJ is both charming and informative. Dick frequented the almost weekly rail excursions offered at the time and traveled with some of the well-known photographers of the day like Bob Collins. Volume 1 is mostly hometown DL&W but includes L&HR and quick look at Rahway Valley.
Enjoy heavy duty power at Conemaugh in 1958 and 59; join Bill on second trick at Enola as Assistant Foreman; then as Motive Power Foreman at Northumberland where PRR's historic steam collection was found in need of a great deal of TLC.
This book, the combined efforts of 75 photographers plus input from some of the leading historians of the railroad that "Served the South," is a division-by-division visual tour of the work-a-day Southern. This 256-page volume, with 380 outstanding color images, and 12 detailed maps, is the most comprehensive visual history of the modern Southern ever published. Chapter introductions provide context to better understand each geographic region's traffic base, its lines and terminals, and of course its trains. It's all here as well, from first class freights with nearly 200 cars and midtrain power, plus the Southern Crescent, on down to the most lowly of yard switchers, local freights and mine runs. And of note is the forward written by Mr. Wick Moorman, who started his distinguished railroad career with the Southern.
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