Pennsylvania Railroad

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Motorbooks International Publishers & Wholesalers, 1997 - Transportation - 128 pages
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At its peak the Pennsylvania was the largest railroad in the world. It operated 28,000 miles of track, directly served half of the U.S., and hauled more freight and passengers than any other railroad in the world. This colorful tribute to the Pennsylvania Railroad, the keystone of American transportation for 121 years, is filled with Pennsys crack passenger trains, including the Broadway Limited and Pennsylvania Limited, which connected New York City and Philadelphia with Pittsburgh, St. Louis, and Chicago. The authors have filled this book with archival and color photos of the locomotives, trains and events of the Pennsylvania Railroad from the 1950s and 1960s.

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My great-grandfather David Webner took the railroad in 1852 from Harrisburg to Pittsburgh. With this book, I was able to follow his exact route. Wonderful railfan history!

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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 can recall his first train rides, circa 1952, on IC u2019s Hawkeye and Land O u2019 Corn between Rockford and Chicago. Eventually he would declare the latter -- America u2019s railroad hub -- his u201chonorary hometown. Mike and his little dog Archie reside in a house (which includes a 1,600-square-foot model railroad) next to BNSF u2019s busy Twin Cities mainline in a small town outside Chicago where he also serves as village trustee and occasionally mayor pro tem.

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.

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