First published in 1986, this is a greatly revised and updated edition of this popular book concerning the former McCook Division of the Burlington Railroad.
Covering the years 1878 to 2009, THE HIGH PLAINS ROUTE recounts the story of the original CB&Q (later BN and now BNSF) main line from Hastings, Nebraska to Denver, Colorado, as well as branch lines, once operated under the division. It is profusely illustrated with 250 B&W photographs, many of them new to this edition.
Updated material includes photographs and information regarding former McCook Division territory in the BNSF era. Author Richard Kistler is a well-known Burlington Route historian with other credits that include his book on the Burlington's Wymore Division, THE WYMORE STORY.
Contents: Introduction, CB&Q System Map, McCook Division Map, pp. 7-11; Mainline Construction and Operation, pp. 12-22; McCook Division Branch Lines, pp. 23-36; The Sterling-Wymore Divisions, pp. 37-44; Passenger Service, pp. 45-72; Freight Service, pp. 73-86; Facilities, pp. 87-114; Motive Power, pp. 115-142; Events Good and Bad, pp. 143-164; The BN and BNSF Eras, pp. 165-166; BN McCook Division Map, pg. 167; Conclusion, Acknowledgments, Timetables, pp. 168-192.
South Platte Press, hardcover, 192 pages, standard landscape book 10 x 8 in., B&W photographs.