This book has long been out of print but Arizona Hobbies has been able to secure some remaining inventory in new condition.
This is the definitive book about these historically significant locomotives that were last domestically produced steam from the American Locomotive Company (ALCo). They were the product of corporate politics and never should have been built at a time when the diesel had become the railroad industry's choice for motive power. In fact, the Pittsburgh & Lake Erie did not want these locomotives, and could not even operate them over a significant portion of their railroad when received. The story is supported with many previously never before published historical documents.
P&LE’s BERKSHIRES is a hardcover edition, with over 130 pages containing 134 photographs, plus 52 documents, 13 maps and 6 drawings. It tells the story of how these locomotives came to be, their development and operations, both on the P&LE and New York Central Railroad. Anyone fascinated by these locomotives will love this book.
Contents: It's Late 1946 and the P&LE Needs New Power, pp. 1-24;And That Was That, pp. 25-36;Scrambling to Make Them Work, pp. 37-54;The Locomotives, pp. 55-68;Working on the Railroad, pp. 69-90;Appendix A: A-2A Documents, pp. 91-106;Appendix B: A-2A Advertising Promotions, pp. 107-108;Appendix C: Paul W. Keifer, pp. 109-111;Appendix D: Photo Album, pp. 112-122;Bibliography, pp. 123-125;Index, pp. 126-131.MKahndog Publications, hardcover with dust jacket, 131 pages, standard portait format, Black-and-White photographs, diagrams, and maps.