Book Set: Return of the 1309 & C&O Data Book E7 & E8 Diesels

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(Book Set)  Return of the 1309 & Chesapeake & Ohio Data Book No. 1: E7 and E8 Diesels in Color


Return of the 1309

We have just released a 36-page saddle bound 11x8-1/2-inch booklet on the RETURN OF THE 1309. It is all about C&O’s 1300-1309-series H-6 2-6-6-2 compound articulated locomotives built in 1949 and used until the end of steam out of Peach Creek yard.

No. 1309 was the last commercially-built steam locomotive in America, arriving on C&O in November, 1949, and being retired in August, 1956. It was not scrapped, and in 1971 was given a cosmetic overhaul and sent to the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore where it remained on display until 2014.

It was then moved to the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad and has undergone a complete rebuilding. It is now ready for regular tourist train operations out of Cumberland, Md.

This book gives all the details about the 1300-1309 class engines and also explains the workings of a compound articulated type (a Mallet), and how and where the 1300-1309 engines were used with really good photos. Included are diagrams, drawings, and maps that expand and help to tell the story. It also has a memory of an engineer who had this particular engine on many trips out of Peach Creek yard.

Photos shows not only 1309 in heavy coal mine run shifter work but also many of the other nine locomotives in this order that worked side-by-side with 1309.

Chesapeake & Ohio Data Book No. 1: E7 and E8 Diesels in Color

Chesapeake & Ohio Data Books

These will run 36-44 pages with 50 or so color photos of a particular series, type, or model of C&O equipment or structures/facilities.

They are intended as supplements to the data available, but to display color, which we can’t often do in magazine articles or books. – Therefore they often will complement previous C&OHS publications.

The first is:

Chesapeake & Ohio Data Book No. 1 -  E7 & E8 Diesels in Color

It is intended to expand, complement, and further explain materials contained in our Quarterly History Series Book No. 6, Chesapeake & Ohio Passenger Diesel Locomotives (still available as BK-14-781) by showing off about 50 different color photos of the E7s and E8s in all their painting/lettering styles from 1946 through 1971, with a description about each of the designs, when used, etc. Included are two official C&O painting/lettering diagrams, one of which shows the tri-color design and one the final “Big C&O” style.

These photos illustrate all stylings of the E7 and E8 throughout their life, including both sides, fronts, rears, etc. - All authorized variteties of design are shown as portrait-style views and in action in various areas of the C&O.


Special Introductory offer:

Buy both the E7/E8 C&O Data book in color and the Return of the 1309 as a set and pay only $22.95.

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