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New York Central Railroad (MBI Railroad Color History)
Synopses & Reviews
This reissue of the 1999 MBI publication tells the fascinating story of one of America’s greatest railroads. Author Brian Solomon has tracked down 150 vintage black-and-white and color photographs, timetables, and postcards not included in the previous volume to take readers on a rail journey from the 1800s to today in the form of the lines that ply former New York Central trackage.
And that journey is an evocative one. For decades the New York Central reigned as one of America’s most important railroads. Growing from the consolidation of a fledgling group of small railroad companies that formed a through route between Albany and Buffalo in Upstate New York, the New York Central became a powerhouse transportation company with 10,000-plus route miles.
Through fabulous imagery, four specially commissioned maps, and his authoritative text, Solomon shows why the Central was a classic in every sense, growing under the firm direction of rail baron Cornelius “Commodore” Vanderbilt. From 1902 to 1967, the New York Central operated the most famous passenger train in the world: the esteemed 20th Century Limited. Additionally, Central’s mechanical department developed the legendary 4-6-4 Hudson-type steam locomotive. Although the New York Central ceased to exist in 1968, its legacy survives on well-trafficked, high-speed main lines currently used by CSX, Norfolk Southern, and Amtrak—and in this new volume.
Book News Annotation:
In this reissue of his 1999 text, railway historian Solomon includes approximately 150 new b&w and color photographs, postcards, and timetables, along with those found in the original. The result is an expanded history of the New York Central rail system, which operated and grew steadily between 1825 and 1968, at its zenith linking 11 Northeastern states and two Canadian provinces. Chapters survey the acquisition of lines from smaller companies and the expansion of the abundant fleet of trains both for freight and for passengers, witnessing the steam and diesel eras. The New York Central's history includes the construction of today's Grand Central Station. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
An illustrated history of one of America’s legendary railroads, a New York City-to-Chicago line, with archival photographs, commissioned route maps, period ads, and timetables.
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.
About the Author
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.
Brian Solomon is one of today’s most accomplished railway historians. He has authored more than 30 books about railroads and motive power, and his writing and photography have been featured in Trains, Railway Age, Passenger Train Journal, and RailNews. Solomon divides his time between Monson, Massachusetts, and Dublin, Ireland.
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