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New York Central Railroad - - Color History

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A very well written, concise, brilliantly illustrated history of the New York Central from birth to merger.

In 1999, Brian Solomon wrote a definitive history of the New York Central for Motor Books International.  Since then, he collected 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 present.  Through fabulous imagery, four specially commissioned maps, and authoritative text, Solomon shows why the Central was a classic in every sense.  From 1902 to 1967, the Central operated the most famous passenger train in the world: the esteemed 20th Century Limited.  Additionally, NYC's mechanical department developed the legendary 4-6-4 Hudson-type steam locomotive. Although the NYC ceased to exist in 1968, it's alive and well in this 2nd Edition volume printed by Andover Junction in 2007. 

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NRHS Railway Bulletin, Fall 2007 (Note: NRHS is the National Railway Historical Society)… "The author has succeeded in his attempt to present a capsule history. Devotees of the Central will find little new here, but those many readers who lack detailed knowledge of the road will enjoy the succinct and well written book, which is moderately priced."  

 Railroad Model Craftsman, October 2007 and O Scale Trains, October 2007…  "New York Central Railroad” showcases engines classes, stations, and the changing landscape as supporting players to the rise and fall of the line, reflecting changes taking place in the economy as well as the political scene.  The result is an eminently pleasing volume modelers are certain to profit from.  Any modeler seeking 'real world' photographs of heavily-weathered trains in difficult times will especially enjoy the photographs…

The Authors

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 the world's top railfan publications, including "TRAINS, Railway Age, Passenger Train Journal," and "RailNews,"  He divides his time between Massachusetts and Ireland.

 Mike Schafer hails from Rockford, Illinois, where he recalls his earliest train-watching experiences on the Illinois Central, Milwaukee Road, Burlington Route, and Chicago & North Western.  He vividly recalls his first train rides, circa 1952, on IC’s Hawkeye and Land O’ Corn between Rockford and Chicago.  Eventually he would declare the latter -- America’s railroad hub -- his “honorary hometown.

160 pgs. hardbound, 8 1/2 x 11", Andover Junction 2007

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