I'm with you on that one, Tony. Although it is my area of interest, that book has been read cover to cover more than any other reference on the B&M in my library, and I have quite a few. Chapter 8 takes a night freight right through my neighborhood! Several, as a matter of fact.
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From: "Anthony Thompson" <thompson@...>
Sent: Saturday, October 09, 2010 3:46 PM
Subject: Re: [STMFC] Re:Railroad History
What is a "great rail history book" depends on what you are
looking for. Lots of outstanding books exist on specific railroads.
Relatively few have been done on the entire railroad industry, and
rightly so, as any such work necessarily is "once over lightly" on
specifics. My personal favorites are books giving the FLAVOR of
railroading and railroad work in the era I model, and in that area, I
always mention Ralph Fisher's _Vanishing Markers_ even though it's
about the B&M, a railroad far from my areas of interest, and in
particular his Chapter 8, "Night Freight," which is as fine an account
of a freight run as I know.
Tony Thompson Editor, Signature Press, Berkeley, CA
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