The Korean War years found the NYC in a life-or-death struggle. Here is an all-color tour of the steam to diesel
operations of the Western Division (Elkhart to Chicago) photographed by Sandy Goodrick and narrated
by Jerry Pinkepank.
New York Central System that Hoosier (and NYCSHS member) Sandy Goodrick experienced in 1949-1955
was in a life or death race with inflation and loss of revenue to competitors. Of all the things management could do to meet these challenges, the best weapon
was dieselization. During these years, NYC
concentrated the new machines on Lines East, leaving Goodrick’s western region looking like an operating
museum. Many first line trains were
still powered by J-3a Super Hudsons. Before
1953, Niagaras were relatively rare on the west end, but here they appear in great numbers.
included are some photographs of the South Bend terminal, the
CSS&SB, and a Studebaker Corporation Alco S-1!
Contents: Introduction and Western Divn. map, pp. 3-6; Sandy Goodrick profile, pg. 7; Western Division, pp. 8-83; East from Elkhart, pp 84-98; Michigan Central Mainline, pp. 99-109; Notre Dame Football Specials, pp 110-128.
Morning Sun Books, hardcover with dust jacket, printed
in China, copyright 2003, 128 pgs., 8.5 x 11 x .5 in., abt. 300 color photos
with captions. NYCSHS members who are
signed into their accounts will enjoy pricing at 20% off retail; Ohio residents must add
8% sales tax.