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The Ma & Pa: A History of the Maryland & Pennsylvania Railroadby George W Hilton
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"George Hilton's affectionate yet complete and accurate account of Ma & Pa is at once all that the short line's host of admirers could ask as well as a model of How To Write Railroad History." — Trains
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Hilton (emeritus, economics, University of California, Los Angeles) offers a history of one of the countries longest-running and best known "archaic" railroads. The Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad maintained steam locomotion and other outmoded technologies well into the 20th century, making it an item of special interest to modellers and other enthusiasts. No bibliography.
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Probably no railroad in the east has enjoyed more popularity with the model makers than this one... Once you have started to read this book, you'll have difficulty in letting it alone. The author is to be congratulated for giving us such a valuable and interesting history. — Railway & Locomotive Historical Society Bulletin
Affectionately known as the Ma & Pa, the Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad was one of the country's longest running and best known archaic railroads, holding on to steam locomotion and other outmoded technologies well into the twentieth century. Connecting Baltimore and York, the line had everything needed to endear itself to local residents and rail enthusiasts: picturesque equipment, marvelous scenery, antique passenger trains, handsome small-scale locomotives, and enough curves — 476 — for a railroad many times longer than its 77 miles. All this made the Ma & Pa one of the most popular prototypes for model railroaders, George Hilton notes, and thousands of miniature versions of the line became part of model railroads throughout the world. This new paperback edition of Hilton's classic history includes a new introduction and epilogue in which the author recalls the line's final years of service. He also comments on the continuing interest of modelers, enthusiasts, and all who fondly remember the Ma & Pa.
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