Turbine Power: A bold railroading technology and its fate By: Walter Simpson
Are there any other better words to describe it? Turbine Power by Walter Simpson is a new book that covers steam and gas turbine locomotives and trains, how they functioned, and the technology used from the 1939-2003 era that made them go. This is the first book that brings together information about turbine locomotives and trains that collects all of the various projects in one place. From first prototypes to the most recent proposals, everything is presented with vintage images and references that all railroad fans will enjoy. Softcover, 128 pages.
C&O must be listed as among the foremost of these with its massive M-1 class steam-turbine-electrics Nos. 500-502 built in 1947-48 and scrapped in 1950.
Author Walter Simpson visited C&OHS, did research with us, and has used several of our M-1 photos in the book. He is known to us through the book DIESEL ELECTRIC LOCOMOTIVES, published by Simmons-Boardman. We have been advertising this book lately. I believe that Simpson will give us an excellent, well-researched piece that sets the whole turbine story in the context of railroad locomotive history.