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Atlantic Coast Line Railroad: Steam Locomotives, Ships, and History Hardcover – March 1, 2000


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  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press (March 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0253336945
  • ISBN-13: 978-0253336941
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,283,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 20, 2000
Format: Hardcover
It is a pleasure to see another one of Richard Prince's works back in print. It is a faithful reprint of the original work. It contains very good information on the ACL, its component companies, steam locomotives and steamships. It is a "must add" to any ACL history library. The sections on steamships alone are worth the price of admission. Print and paper quality is excellent and many of the photos appear better in this relase than in the original. If this volume is well received, Indiana may be moved to reprint the remainder of Prince's excellent works. A very good volume at an excellent price and I recommend it highly.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Henry M. Dobb on April 3, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book is one of several authored by Richard E. Prince that have long been unavailable until their recent re-release by Indiana University Press. Similar books have been reprinted for steam motive power of the Seaboard Air Line Railroad, the Louisville and National Railroad, and the Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis; this one review would serve equally well as a review of those books as they all have the same strong and weak points.
First, the strong points. This book is about as comprehensive as a volume of this genre can be without ceasing to be of interest to the novice. If it was in steam on the Atlantic Coast Line, it will be in this tome. Complete information of every type of engine is included, including date of acquisition, improvements given to the locomotive, boiler pressure, cylinder size, driving-wheel diameter, tractive effort, and date and nature of disposition are given for each locomotive. In addition, this volume includes an abundance of photographs.
Which leads me to the not-so-strong points of this book. The quality of photograpic reproduction of many pictures leave something to be desired. It is obvious to any critic that in the neverending dispute of quality versus quantity, quantity won; however, it must be remembered that photographic science of that long-gone era and the tehnique of preservation of these photos is far short of what it is today, in addition to the fact there not that many people taking pictures of trains in the 1930's due to cost and in the early 1940's because of security restrictios of World War II. Another criticism of this book is the organization of it in that it does not seem to flow smoothly from beginning to end; this may be a consequence of the fact that events of that era did not flow smoothly either!
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Format: Hardcover
This book is one of several authored by Richard E. Prince that have long been unavailable until their recent re-release by Indiana University Press. Similar books have been reprinted for steam motive power of the Seaboard Air Line Railroad, the Louisville and National Railroad, and the Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis; this one review would serve equally well as a review of those books as they all have the same strong and weak points.
First, the strong points. This book is about as comprehensive as a volume of this genre can be without ceasing to be of interest to the novice. If it was in steam on the Atlantic Coast Line, it will be in this tome. Complete information of every type of engine is included, including date of acquisition, improvements given to the locomotive, boiler pressure, cylinder size, driving-wheel diameter, tractive effort, and date and nature of disposition are given for each locomotive. In addition, this volume includes an abundance of photographs.
Which leads me to the not-so-strong points of this book. The quality of photograpic reproduction of many pictures leave something to be desired. It is obvious to any critic that in the neverending dispute of quality versus quantity, quantity won; however, it must be remembered that photographic science of that long-gone era and the tehnique of preservation of these photos is far short of what it is today, in addition to the fact there not that many people taking pictures of trains in the 1930's due to cost and in the early 1940's because of security restrictios of World War II. Another criticism of this book is the organization of it in that it does not seem to flow smoothly from beginning to end; this may be a consequence of the fact that events of that era did not flow smoothly either!
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