After World War II concluded, the Chesapeake & Ohio's charismatic chairman, Robert R. Young, embarked on an ambitious plan to overhaul its passenger service and invested heavily in new and sometimes exotic equipment. His plans didn't pan out as he envisioned and he departed in 1954, but C&O remained determined to offer service that would be considered the best. Includes some nice interior photographs.
Contents:Introduction, pp. 2-19; Combating the Forces Opposed to Change, pp. 20-27;C&O For Progress: The Equipment Orders, pp. 28-47;The Trains, pp. 48-54; The Fast Flying Virginian, pp. 55-73;The Sportsman, pp. 74-82;The George Washington, pp. 83-91;Hot Springs Branch, pp. 92-95;Ashland-Elkhorn City, pp. 96-97;Excursions and Specials, pp. 98-109;The Pere Marquette's, pp. 110-123;Epilogue, pp. 124-126;Endnotes, Bibliography, pp. 127-128.
Follow the postwar development of this service and its decline through the color images as detailed by passenger train authority Geoffrey Doughty.
Hardcover with jacket, 128 pages, standard portrait size, Color photographs and captions.