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 tp Richmond. This was one of the most important lines on the railway as all the export and coastwide coal passed over it. Superb research; many new photos, maps, diagrams, background history. BK-21-502 $24.95
C&O’s Mountain Subdivision The Mountain Subdivision was the old Virginia Central line Charlottesville to Clifton Forge, built before the Civil War. After 1890 C&O sent it’s coal own the James River line and this subdivision was given over to passenger trains and fast freights. It was rebuilt in late 1940s, but gradually declined in importance with the decline of passengers. Great text, data, background, maps, plat. Excellent research. 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