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Diesels to Park Avenue: The FL9 Story Hardcover – December 31, 1997

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Authors LaMay and Snopek have done an admirable job of Capturing all aspects of these fascinating beasts. They manage to combine Fine all color photography from a number of well-known lensmen along with All technical details a diesel fan would want. The authors have done their home- Work and I recommend this volume to all diesel and passenger train enthusiasts. -- National Railway Historical Soc. Bulletin - Vol. 64 - November 1999

Excellent photo reproduction and most pictures are two to a page. Any enthusiast of EMD cab units of the New Haven or good ol' color photography Will enjoy this book. -- Railfan & Railroad - November 1998

Authors LaMay and Snopek tell the FL9 story well. Photo

Reproduction is excellent. A handsome tribute to an interesting locomotive,

This colorful book should appeal to all diesel admirers. -- TRAINS - 12/98

National Railway Bulletin - " Authors have done an amirable jobof capturing all aspects of thses fascinating beasts. A very fine job of showing great color from many lendmen. THe authors have done their homework and I recommend this volume to all diesel and passenger trains enthusiasts." -- National Railway Bulletin Vol 64 Page 41

Railfan & Railroad - Photo reproduction excellent and very good history of a very unique locomotive. -- Railfan & Railroad Vol. 17 Page 56

TRAINS - excellent photo quality and author's did thorough job in writing text. -- TRAINS - 1/99 - Vol 59 Page 86`

About the Author

Robert A. LaMay - railfan photographer and writer for 40 years. Many photo credits - TRAINS, Railpace, Railfan and Railroad, CTC Board, The Railroad Press, and other rail publications. Published in Cedco Classic Trains Datebooks for the past ten years. Very active in the Connecticut Eastern railroad Museum in Willimantic, CT

Joseph Snopek - Railfan photographer and has photo published.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 116 pages
  • Publisher: New England Rails Publishing; 1st edition (December 31, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9656304004
  • ISBN-13: 978-9656304007
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,864,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Wilfred A. Roberge on January 18, 2007
Format: Hardcover
By Joseph R. Snopek + Robert LaMay

This is a truely wonderful book greatly covering all aspects of the FL9 story. It gives a history of the RR for which they were concieved and Built the once mighty, New York, New Haven, & Hartford popularly known as the "New Haven." It covers the trials, tribulations and false starts that lead to the enduring FL-9 Diesel Electric-Electric Locomotive. It gives us a look at how they were operated and used in a very clear context to the RR and later RR's and Successors that operated them (Penn Central, Penn Central/MTA, Conrail/MTA, Amtrak, Metro North Commuter Railroad/Metro North Railroad, Long Island RR, Connecticut DOT). The book delves into the changes in the Northeast RR climate in the last 50 years and how they affected the locomotives. Another thing is how richly illustrated the book is with many many Color and Black and White Photos. Another thing going for this book is its thorough coverage including proposed paint schemes, the FL-9 as seen in advertising, and a small photo montage entitled "Not FL-9's!" of other EMD (non FL-9)F-Units in NH or Metro North Paint (operated by CDOT and MN) especially in FL-9 Stomping grounds!!!!

A really awesome book!!!!! Well recommended to any Northeast Railfan, Locomotive afficianato, New Haven or Penn Central Fan!!!!

Mr. LaMay and the (late) Mr. Snopek are to be commended for this great work dedicated to great chapter in RR history!

I also Met Mr. LaMay at a Train show and he is truely a nice guy to chat with!!!! His book charming to read, just as he was charming to talk to!
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