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Over the years numerous books have been produced depicting trains along the old New York Central Main Line between New York City and Albany. Early ones deal mainly with locomotive and equipment roster shots with some fine scenic views tossed in here and there. More recent publications deal with modern day diesel and electric trains and the photo quality in most are really good.
Several fine books have been done recently regarding the days of Penn Central, Conrail, Amtrak, and the MTA. We have decided to focus this book on the New York Central’s "Glory Years" using a multitude of magnificent steam and early diesel photos taken along the Water Level Route by some of the most noted rail photographers of the 20th Century. Many of the images within have not previously been published and their original negatives and prints have been graciously loaned to the author by different Historical Societies and collectors to scan and present to readers on the pages within.
This 336 page volume contains not only superb New York Central photos, but images of connecting railroads and industries of all sorts that were served by the Central in one capacity or another. There are even mining railroads that we had known little about before doing our extensive research. There are more than 650 images between the covers. We hope you will be taking this trip up the scenic Hudson Valley with us and enjoy it as much as we have.
Stony Clove & Catskill Mountain Press, hardcover, 336 pages, standard portrait format, 650 photographs.