Southern Railway (MBI Railroad Color History)

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Few railroads are as deeply associated with the regions they serve as the Southern Railway. This illustrated account of the venerable Southern is both the story of the railroads 88-year tenure as the transportation force in the region and a fascinating chapter of Southern history.

The Southern Railway--the first major U. S. railroad to completely convert to diesel--eventually incorporated some 150 individual predecessor railroads into its system.

Author Tom Murray explores this complex prehistory before examining the Southern's nearly nine decades of freight and passenger service, right up to its 1982 merger with Norfolk & Western to form Norfolk Southern. Financier J. P. Morgan makes an appearance in the story, which takes in points of interest such as the 21.5-mile trestle across Louisianas Lake Pontchartrain and legendary passenger trains like the Crescent and the Southerner.

Wonderful archival photos capture the railways motive power and rolling stock against the regions cityscapes and scenic countryside. The book also includes system maps, period ads, and timetables.

 

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This illustrated account of the venerable Southern Railway is both the story of the railroad’s 88-year tenure as the transportation force in the region and a fascinating chapter of Southern history. Author Tom Murray explores the railroad’s complex prehistory before examining its nearly nine decades of freight and passenger service, right up to its 1982 merger with Norfolk and Western to form Norfolk Southern. Financier J. P. Morgan makes an appearance in the story, which takes in points of interest such as the 21.5-mile trestle across Louisiana’s Lake Pontchartrain and legendary passenger trains like the Crescent and the Southerner.

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Few railroads are as deeply associated with the regions they serve as the Southern Railway. This authoritative account of the venerable Southern traces the railroad’s 88-year tenure as the transportation force in the U.S. South, in the process paying tribute to its profitable operations and well-maintained infrastructure and equipment, and presenting an important chapter in the region’s history.

The first major U.S. railroad to completely convert to diesel, the Southern Railway eventually incorporated some 150 individual predecessor railroads into its system. Author Tom Murray untangles this complex prehistory before examining the railroad’s nearly nine decades of freight and passenger service, right up to its 1982 merger with Norfolk and Western to form Norfolk Southern. Such giant figures as financier J. P. Morgan make appearances, as do points of interest that include the Southern’s 21.5-mile trestle across Louisiana’s Lake Pontchartrain and legendary passenger trains like the Crescent and the Southerner. Perhaps most importantly, Murray also shows how the Southern Railway bucked industry trends in the 1970s by remaining profitable and even eschewing incorporation into Amtrak until 1979.

The Southern traversed every state in the South, and Murray leaves no stone unturned, presenting railfans with rare and wonderful archival photography in both black-and-white and color that captures the railway’s motive power and rolling stock against the region’s cityscapes and scenic countryside. System maps, period ads, and timetables round out this rich visual collection, providing a fitting tribute that’s sure to appeal to those who remember the Southern, and those who arrived too late to know the railroad firsthand.

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