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It is interesting to note that the system was called Southern Railway rather than a Southern Railroad and, moreover, it shared the colour green with the southernmost railway system in Britain. Like its British counterpart its name was displayed on locomotives as just 'Southern'. The network served from Washington downwards through the former Confederate states. It absorbed some 150 small railroads over the early years and was the first of the American systems to convert to diesel. Its prehistory is well covered in the book as well as its nine decades of passenger and freight service. As with other books in this series, it is well and generously illustrated and full of nostalgia --Model Railway Express
This is an excellent overview type history of the Southern Railway. While not an exhaustive history, this book is easy to ready and clearly explains the different railroads that came to form the Southern. The book is full of excellent photographs from all over the system; of course the captions provide generous detail to explain what is going on the picture. My only complaint is there was no map at the end of Southern showing the final consolidated system. This book is a must have for SOU fans! --CSX Dave
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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Buchbeschreibung Voyageur Press, 2007. Hardcover. Zustand: New. Never used!. Bestandsnummer des Verkäufers P110760325456
Buchbeschreibung Voyageur Press, 2007. Hardcover. Zustand: New. Bestandsnummer des Verkäufers DADAX0760325456