The C&O Historical Society has undertaken an exciting publications project called Chesapeake & Ohio History Series Books.
This series will consist of a book issued every quarter. Each book will treat an aspect of C&O history, equipment, structures, etc., more extensively than we could provide in our C&O magazine. Topics for these books may be continuations or expansions of magazine articles, or entirely new subjects not covered before.
FOUR VOLUME SERIES $70.00! 64-126 pages, softbound.
2021 History Series Books - Descriptions
C&O's Pullman-Standard Passenger Cars of 1950-1971 This is about C&O's order 284 new streamlined lightweight passenger cars from Pullman-Standard Car Mfg. Co. in 1946. It was the largest order ever placed with a single builder, however, by the time P-S produced the cars in 1950, C&O's business had declined. Many were cancelled, others sold to other railroads before they were completed, and still others were delivered to C&O and then sold. They have a broad interest because they ended up on so many railroads including B&O, SAL, ACL, NYC, D&RGW, IC, D&H, VIA, not to mention Amtrak and some others. The cars have been written about frequently in books and magazines, but this book puts the whole story in one place. Scores of never-before seen photos; roster; mechanical drawings..BK-21-501 $24.95
C&O’s Peninsula Subdivision Kurt Reisweber, who did the book last year on the Newport News Piers has now completed this excellent book about the C&O’s Peninsula Subdivision from Newport News 85 miles up the line to Richmond. This was one of the most important lines on the railway as all the export and coast wide coal passed over it. Superb research; many new photos, maps, diagrams, background history. BK-21-502 $24.95
C&O Railway Series #35: Chesapeake & Ohio’s Maintenance Of Way Equipment & Operations 96 pages with over 200 photos and drawings. Descriptions and data on C&O’s maintenance-of-way cars, tenders, and track equipment. This important feature of railroading is often misunderstood and little treated. Hundreds of photos as well as drawings illustrate C&O’s camp car train, and other types of work equipment. – Ideal for modelers, who should have a string of this equipment on sidings near stations, cabins, etc. The book’s illustrations are mainly from the 1945-1970 era. BK-21-503 $24.95
C&O’s The Sportsman Train This excellent treatment deals with C&O’s new train inaugurated in 1930 on a new route Newport News to Detroit. It was to connect the sporting areas of the seashore with the mountain springs and the playgrounds of western Michigan. Its luxury Imperil Salon cars were the talk of the railroad world. It lasted until 1968 as one of C&O’s premier trains. BK-21-504 $24.95