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Pennsylvania Railroad (Railroad Color History) Paperback – October 3, 1997

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Pennsylvania Railroad traces the history of one of the most powerful, influential railroads in American history--a railroad that Fortune Magazine called “a nation unto itself.”  Rail historian Mike Schafer examines the mighty railroad’s evolution from a disparate group of early horse-car lines into a twentieth-century transportation giant. Color and black-and-white photographs and period ads illustrate the railroad’s many facets, including both its passenger and freight operations, as well its motive power through the decades. Though the Pennsy was merged out of existence in 1968, an epilogue details the PRR legacies that survive on today’s modern railroad scene.        

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The Pennsylvania Railroad is truly an icon of American transportation and, indeed, of American business. This illustrated history examines the evolution of the mighty “Pennsy” from a disparate group of early horse-car lines into a twentieth-century transportation giant sprawling across 10,000 route miles in 13 of the nation’s most populous states.

From humble beginnings in the 1800s, the Pennsylvania Railroad grew into a railroad that Fortune magazine called “a nation unto itself.” It owned its own shops, coal mines, hotels, communications system, and power plants, not to mention hundreds of depots (including the famous Penn Station in Manhattan), thousands of passenger cars, tens of thousands of freight cars, and a vast fleet of steam, electric, and diesel locomotives. Color and black-and-white photographs and period ads illustrate the railroad’s many facets, including its passenger and freight operations, as well as its motive power through the decades.

Though the Pennsy was merged out of existence in 1968, an epilogue details the PRR legacies that survive on today’s modern railroad scene.
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Series: Railroad Color History
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Motorbooks International Publishers (October 3, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760303797
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760303795
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.4 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #888,085 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. Rast on October 30, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is a very fine, concise introduction to the "standard railroad of the world." For a readable, yet remarkably thorough introduction to the Pennsy, this is the book to read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James Mancuso on April 5, 2009
Format: Paperback
Mike Schafer has done a masterful job in chronicling the history of the Pennsylvania Railroad from its beginnings to the Conrail Era. He does an excellent job in covering the aspects of the various companies that were merged into the Pennsylvania Railroad as it acquired them while building its system which truly was SERVING THE NATION right up to its final years.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 1, 1999
Format: Paperback
A small yet thorough book concerning the history fo the PRR from start to finish. Well written and very informative.
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I own the book Pennsylvania Railroad by Mike Schafer and Brian Solomon. The book describes the rich history of the Pennsylvania Railroad from 1846 through its 1968 Merger with the New York Central as well as today's modern railroad scene. The book has excellent color photographs of the "Spirit of St. Louis" passenger train. The book has excellent color and black and white photos of St. Louis Union Station and Penn Station in New York City. The book has a Table of Contents page and an index. It is my favorite Pennsylvania Railroad book and I would recommend this book to all Pennsylvania Railroad railfans.

Robert Wilhelm
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Louisa Fordyce on August 16, 2005
Format: Paperback
Excellent book, great resource for the train lover. Lots and lots of high-quality photos, good text. Highly recommend.
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