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For decades the New York Central reigned as one of Americas most important railroads. Beginning with the 1853 consolidation of a group of fledgling railways that formed a route from Buffalo to Albany, the New York Central grew into a powerhouse transportation company with more than 10,000 route miles.

This illustrated history of the railroad that grew to power under the Vanderbilt dynasty covers every aspect of the New York Central through its 1968 merger with longtime rival ...

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Overview

For decades the New York Central reigned as one of Americas most important railroads. Beginning with the 1853 consolidation of a group of fledgling railways that formed a route from Buffalo to Albany, the New York Central grew into a powerhouse transportation company with more than 10,000 route miles.

This illustrated history of the railroad that grew to power under the Vanderbilt dynasty covers every aspect of the New York Central through its 1968 merger with longtime rival Pennsylvania Railroad and the eventual merger of Penn Centrals successor, Conrail, into Norfolk Southern and CSX. Along the way, readers are treated to a selection of archival photographs, commissioned route maps, period ads, and timetables detailing all of New York Centrals operations--steam and diesel, freight and passenger--not to mention associated icons like Grand Central Terminal, the legendary Henry Dreyfuss shrouded Hudson steam locomotives, the Water Level Route, and the 20th Century Limited passenger trains.

Prolific railway author Brian Solomon sources 150 evocative photographs, promotional materials, and postcards not included in the previous edition to deliver a nostalgic and colorful look at the New York Central. In addition, there are four specially commissioned maps.

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NRHS Railway Bulletin, Fall 2007

Note: NRHS is the National Railway Historical Society

“The author has succeeded in his attempt to present a capsule history. Devotees of the Central will find little new here, but those many readers who lack detailed knowledge of the road will enjoy the succinct and well written book, which is moderately priced.”

Railroad Model Craftsman, October 2007 and O Scale Trains, October 2007

New York Central Railroad showcases engines classes, stations, and the changing landscape as supporting players to the rise and fall of the line, reflecting changes taking place in the economy as well as the political scene. The result is an eminently pleasing volume modelers are certain to profit from. Any modeler seeking ‘real world’ photographs of heavily-weathered trains in difficult times will especially enjoy the photographs.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760329283
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press
  • Publication date: 8/15/2007
  • Series: MBI Railroad Color History Series
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian Solomon is one of today's most accomplished railway historians. He has authored more than thirty books about railroads and motive power, including North American Railroads and GE and EMD Locomotives: The Illustrated History.

Mike Schafer is long-time rail photographer and the author of several books on North American railroads and motive power. He resides in Lee, Illinois.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2007

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    New York Central Railroad 'MBI Railroad Color History' by Brian Soloman with Mike Schafer describes the rich history of the New York Central Railroad. The book has excellent black and white and color photos of New York Central Trains. Robert Wilhelm robertleewilhelm@yahoo.com

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2001

    Excellent Read

    This is an excellent read for anyone interested in NYC railroading

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