Much of the book includes the many short lines - most of them logging - operating steam locomotives in the west during the period just after World War II through the 1950s. If you want to see logging locomotives in color, this is a great book. Many color photographs of Southern Pacific steam locomotives finish out the book. There are a few pictures of other mainline steam, but this is a book about the many short lines and the Southern Pacific including the SP narrow gauge.
In the early 1950s many railroads were still operating steam locomotives on the west coast of the United States. Charles Givens was there to photograph them in operation. Come along on this pilgrimage to see mainline steam on the Southern Pacific, Santa Fe and Western Pacific plus the many logging short lines that connected with the major railroads such as the Arcata & Mad River.
Contents:Northern California Coast, pp. 1-18,Oregon, pp. 19-23,Washington, pp. 24-36,Vancouver Island, pp. 37-40,Northern California Logging Railroads, pp. 41-53,Northern California Common Carriers, pp. 54-77,Nevada, pp. 78-84,Southern Pacific, pp. 85-124.
Southern Pacific Historical and Technical Society, hardcover, 128 pages, 223 color and 10 black & white photographs (81 color photographs of the Southern Pacific).