Hardcover, 240 pages, standard portrait format, about half Color and half Black-and-White photographs, maps and illustrations.
This is a very well researched and laid out book. If you want to understand the tribulations of trying to make money in the short line railroad business, the book gives you that insight. Included are many color photographs of clean, bright red and black locomotives.
Since its formation in 1938, the Pinsly Railroad Company has been one of the most well-known owners and operators of short line and regional railroads in the eastern United States. From the plethora of New England roads acquired and operated in the 1950s and 60s to the 1980s and 90s acquisitions in the southeast, Sam Pinsly's railroad empire grew to cover fourteen different railroads in eight states.
Familiar railroads that bore the famous Pinsly red/yellow/black paint scheme (like the Montpelier & Barre, Claremont & Concord, St. Johnsbury & Lamoille County, Arkansas Midland, and Florida Central/Midland/Northern) are all featured in this book. Now owned and operated by the third generation in the Pinsly family line, the Pinsly Railroad Company still exists today, operating the Pioneer Valley Railroad in Massachusetts.
This book, comprising nearly a decade of work and research by both authors, is the authorized history of the company produced with the cooperation of the Pinsly Railroad Company. It covers the history and operations of all fourteen Pinsly railroads from 1938 to present, complete with maps and never-before-published Black-and-White and Color photography.
Introduction, Foreword by Russell Tedder, pp. 4-5;
History of the Company (Including attempt to take over the New York, Ontario and Western), pp. 6-53;
Hoosac Tunnel and Wilmington, pp. 54-63;
Saratoga and Schuylerville, pp. 64-73;
Sanford and Eastern, pp. 74-85;
Suncook Valley, pp. 86-91;
Claremont and Concord, pp. 92-113;
Montpelier and Barre, pp. 114-129;
Greenville and Northern, pp. 130-139;
Frankfort and Cincinnati, pp. 140-149;
St. Johnsbury and Lamoille County, pp. 150-165;
Pioneer Valley, pp. 166-177;
Florida Central, Midland and Northern, pp. 178-199;
Arkansas Midland, pp. 200-227;
Appendix A: General Electric 44-ton Locomotives, pp. 228-229;
Appendix B: General Electric 70-ton Locomotives, pp. 230-231;
Appendix C: Pinsly Locomotive Roster, pp. 232-235;Bibliography, pp. 236-239;
About the Authors, pg. 240.