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.
This expanded format will allow us to publish many more drawings, maps, and photos, and sometimes to make them larger than would be possible in any article treatment.
Each book will be developed based on information contained in our archives based on these criteria; on whether the subject is thought to have a broad interest among rail fans and historians; if it deserves extensive treatment because of its importance in C&O history; or it is so extensive a subject that no magazine article could do it justice. It should be emphasized that this will not detract from the magazine content, which will continue to contain high-quality articles, as always.
C&O Operations on the Ohio River
Story of C&O’s floating operations on the Ohio River from the steamboat era of 1873
through the ferries that continued to operate into the 1950s. An unusual railway
function never fully covered before.
C&O 2-10-2 Santa Fe Type Steam Locomotives These locomotives operated by
C&O are among the least known and seldom written about motive power.
The B-1, 2, 3, 4 classes were all inherited or purchased second hand.
They operated mainly east of Charlottesville, Va. until the end of steam.
Pere Marquette Railway Bridges
Modelers are interested in bridge structures in this well-researched,
detailed book covers all types of bridges used on the old PM (and later by C&O).
C&O New Port News, Virginia Piers Detailed, chronological history of all the
merchandise and coal piers operated by C&O at its giant Newport News, Va. facility
from the early 1880s until the railway relinquished control of the port in the late 1980s.