Title: Pennsylvania Railroad Lines West Volume 1: ...
Publisher: The Railroad Press
Publication Date: 2004
Book Condition: New
Pennsylvania Railroad Lines West Volume 1: Pittsburgh to St. Louis 1960-1999 by Steve Hipes and David P. Oroszi. This book is intended to be an overview of the Pennsylvania Railroad west of Pittsburgh to St. Louis in the years 1960 to 1999 in words and photographs. Beginning with the PRR in the late 1960s to the low points of the Penn Central era and concluding with the break-up of Conrail in 1999 this is not a detailed venture into railroad administrative records but information is drawn from employee timetables, bulletin orders, train schedules and other railroad documents. Merger discussions with the New York Central in 1962 focused on the elimination of duplicate routes. As the planners shaped the future railroad NYC routes in Ohio, Indiana and Illinois were favored over the routes of the Pennsylvania due to aspects of the physical plant such as gradient, curvature, signaling and terminal facilities. For many reasons the resulting Penn Central became the largest bankruptcy of an American corporation up until the filing on June 21, 1970. Later Conrail was formed from the ashes of the Penn Central and included many other now bankrupt carriers. Conrail became a profitable railroad with government subsidies and the Staggers Act allowing railroads more freedom to rationalize their plant and more freight rate leeway. Here in color photographs and text is the story of this route of the former Pennsylvania Railroad. Contents: Panhandle Passenger Operations, pp. 6-9; Pittsburgh to Columbus, pp. 10-43; Columbus to Richmond, pp. 44-77; Queen City Lines, pp. 78-107; Richmond to St. Louis, pp. 108-132; Bibliography, pg. 133; PRR, Penn Central, Conrail Symbols and Routes, pp. 134-135; PRR Master Symbol List, pg. 136. Many color maps plus a train symbol section complete the work. The Railroad Press, hardcover, 136 pages, 8.5 x 11 x .5 in., Black & White and color photographs. Bookseller Inventory # trp123
Synopsis: There are 190+ color photos of trains, towers (inside and out), stations and other fascinating scenes along PRR s route from the Golden Triangle to the Gateway Arch! David P. Oroszi and Steve Hipes have combined to create a superb all-color hardcover book about Pennsylvania Railroad s Lines West from Pittsburgh to St. Louis. They start out with PRR operations in the early-1960 s and trace the history in brilliant color photos and well-researched text right up to the Norfolk Southern / CSX split up of Conrail in 1999. The cities of Columbus, Xenia, Dayton, Richmond and Indianapolis are some of the many interesting places featured in this volume. An entire chapter is also devoted to the lines reaching Cincinnati. There are eight full-color maps plus tables listing Train Symbols and Routings. 136 pages and over 190 color photos. 8-1/2 x 11. Hardcover.
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