Synopses & Reviews
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.
An illustrated look at the Keystone State’s historic railroads and their legacy in today’s rail lines, tourist roads, museums, and destinations.
About the Author
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.
Table of Contents
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 15 Baltimore & Ohio Chapter 16 Diverse Railway Heritage, Museums, and Excursions