As Americas first common-carrier railroada railroad mandated to operate for the public and for commercethe Baltimore & Ohio set the stage for North American railway development. And as such, the railroad racked up a remarkable list of firstsfirst to offer scheduled passenger service, first to experiment with steam power, and the first air-conditioned passenger cars, lightweight streamliners, high-speed passenger diesels, and "piggyback" freight servicesto name just a few. In this expanded hardcover reissue of the popular 2000 release, authors Kirk Reynolds and Dave Oroszi explore these accomplishments, and with them a significant chapter in American railway history. With an all-new collection of more than 150 photos and illustrations, the book gives a colorful account of the evolution of one of the nations most enduring railroad icons, through good times and bad. Reynolds and Oroszi follow the B&O from its infancy as a horse-powered railway in the first half of the nineteenth century to its 1987 amalgamation into the vast CSX Transportation network. The book tells how the B&O, handicapped by its rugged route from the East Coast to the Midwest nonetheless proved second to none in serving its customerswhether on star passenger lines like the Capitol Limited and National Limited or on a freight network that included such notable offerings as "Sentinel Service" and the "Timesaver" freights. The railroads story, as it unfolds in these pages, makes for an evocative journey through 160 years of railroad history.
About the Author
Kirk Reynolds also collaborated with co-author David Oroszi on the book Illinois Central North of the Ohio River, and edited the Illinois Central Railroad news column in CTC Board magazine for several years. Born in Decatur, Illinois, he now lives in rural west-central Ohio.Since 1967, author and photographer Dave Oroszi has accumulated over one million railroad photographs and co-authored several books on the Louisville & Nashville, Baltimore & Ohio, Illinois Central, and Pennsylvania railroads. Dave also served as news editor for CTC Board magazine, and is currently vice president of the Louisville & Nashville Historical Society. He is a lifelong resident of Dayton, Ohio.