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Railroads of Pennsylvania: Your Guide To Pennsylvania's Historic Trains and Railway Sites

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Few states have a railroad heritage as rich as Pennsylvanias. This illustrated book offers a colorful look at the Keystone States historic railroads, the men who built and ran them, and the engineering feats that made them possible. Railway historian Brian Solomon also shows readers the legacy those railroads have left in the form of todays historic tourist roads, museums, and destinations.

Railroads of Pennsylvania travels from Scranton, home to Steamtown USA and the Laural ...

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Overview

Few states have a railroad heritage as rich as Pennsylvanias. This illustrated book offers a colorful look at the Keystone States historic railroads, the men who built and ran them, and the engineering feats that made them possible. Railway historian Brian Solomon also shows readers the legacy those railroads have left in the form of todays historic tourist roads, museums, and destinations.

Railroads of Pennsylvania travels from Scranton, home to Steamtown USA and the Laural Line trolley, to Altoona, the heart and soul of Pennsylvania railroading; from East Broad Top, one of the nations best-preserved historic railways, to the famed Horseshoe Curve, which still hosts 50 trains a day; and to current operations like the Delaware-Lackawanna Shortline with its gleaming fleet of Alco diesel locomotives.

Illustrated throughout with beautifully detailed modern photographs, black-and-white archival images, and specially commissioned maps, this book is at once a handy guide to Pennsylvanias railroads and a thoroughly enjoyable tribute to the states key place in railway history and lore.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760332450
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press
  • Publication date: 5/15/2008
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 813,501
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 1.00 (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.

John Gruber is a respected railroad photographer, author, editor, and historian. In 1994 he received the prestigious Railway and Locomotive Historical Society's lifetime achievement award for photography. Gruber is currently the president of the Center for Railroad Photography and Art. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Table of Contents

Contents

 

Acknowledgments

Foreword

Part I   Anthracite Country Chapter 1        Black Diamonds and the Gravity Railroad

Chapter 2        Historical Anthracite Railroads

Chapter 3        Steamtown

Chapter 4        Lackawanna Heritage Chapter 5        Jim Thorpe and the Lehigh Gorge   Part II Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Dutch Country

Chapter 6        Philadelphia

Chapter 7        Strasburg Rail Road

Chapter 8        Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania

Chapter 9        Take a Ride on the Reading   Part III            Through the Mountains via the Horseshoe Curve Chapter 10      Main Line of Public Works Chapter 11      The Pennsylvania Railroad and the Horseshoe Curve   Part IV            Railways Large and Small Chapter 12      New York Central Lines

Chapter 13      East Broad Top

Chapter 14      The Erie Railroad and Starrucca Viaduct

Chapter 15      Baltimore & Ohio

Chapter 16      Diverse Railway Heritage, Museums, and Excursions

Appendix

Bibliography

Index

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  • Posted January 3, 2012

    Excellent

    I am a railroad buff and I spend a good amount of time each year in Pennsylvania visiting these railroads. The photos in this book are excellent, and the text very informative.

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