Book, C&O Rwy Series #11, C&O Maintenance Motor Cars

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Chesapeake & Ohio
Maintenance-of-Way Motor Cars
By Charles W. Ford

This book tells the story of the C&O’s fleet of maintenance-of-way motor cars that were used to transport men and material for track repair in the decades from the 1920s to the 1970s.  They were preceded by non-powered lever cars (“handcars” in popular parlance), and in the late 1970s were superseded by highway trucks that were fitted with railroad guide wheels, called “Hi-railers.”  However, during the forty years or so they were the primary conveyance for C&O employees working on the track and were seen everywhere along the system.  Author Bill Ford tells the story not just of their use on C&O, but gives background on the motor car in generic terms.  C&O called them motor cars, but many other railroads called them “speeders.”  They were the backbone of the M-of-W work for the middle years of the 20th century.



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