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a forged deed, McDowell County coal miners and their families, the engineering of “mod- ern” (1910) coal plants, coal production from 1888 through 1988, and McDowell County communities and place names. An epilog summarizes the story from 1988 to today and there’s an index to aid in navigating the pages.


Printed on heavy, glossy paper, the book is packed with dozens of nicely-printed pho- tographs, charts, and maps which depict the many company towns, villages, and mining facilities in the region. While the expected railroad and coal mining and loading facili- ties are extensively illustrated through pho- tographs and maps, the region’s churches, homes, schools, and even company stores are also well represented. There are even a couple of photos of the R.E. Wood Lumber Co. railroad located at Sandy Huff. Any student of the Appalachian coal in-


dustry and its relationships with the rail- roads will appreciate this authoritative and exhaustively researched book. The author also has available Gary Hollow ($65.00), which covers U.S. Steel’s operations in West Virginia, and Coalwood ($55.00), the story of entrepreneur George L. Carter. (Billion Dollar Coalfield, Gary Hollow, and Coal- wood may be purchased together for $180.00 postpaid.) He has also written Bluestone, about that N&W branch, the first in a series of articles for the Norfolk & Western Histor- ical Society (nwhs.org). --WALT LANKENAU


VIDEO REVIEW


Twin Ports Trackside — Volumes 1 and 2 Plets Express, P.O. Box 217, Altoona , WI 54720; www.pletsexpress.com. Each volume 95 minutes, DVD only. $35.95 each plus $6.00 shipping; WI residents add sales tax


terchanges and operations is quite amazing. Volume 1 covers the Duluth side of St.


Louis Bay and River with an emphasis on Proctor, Proctor Hill, the ore docks, Nopem- ing Junction, and the Steelton grade. Rail- roads include the Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range; Duluth, Winnipeg & Pacific; Burlington Northern; Soo Line; BNSF Rail- way; Canadian Pacific; Chicago & North Western; Union Pacific; Canadian National; Wisconsin Central; North Shore Scenic Rail- road, and Lake Superior & Mississippi. Switching at the Hallet Dock and St. Lawrence Cement is also shown. Volume 2 covers the less-well-known but


more vast and varied Superior, Wis., area including Boylston Junction and Saunders Junction. Essentially the same railroads and locomotives are shown as in Volume 1 but add Duluth & Northeastern, Cloquet Terminal, and the Cenex Harvest States grain elevator. Flat switching is seen at DW&P’s Pokegama and BN’s 28th Street yards with visits also to UP’s ex-C&NW Itasca and CN’s ex-Soo Line Stinson yards. The Steelton area and the bridge over the St. Louis River is covered well. The second volume also shows the Incan Superior rail car ferry, which shaves two and a half days from an all-rail journey. Locomotives include SD9, SD40, SD38, SW1500, GP10, SW1200, H10-44, NW2, modern wide cab, SD45, NW5, FP7, GP7, GP40, SD60, SW10 and SW1 models. Some of the terminal roads and short lines have quite nice paint schemes. There are plenty of shots of old BN green and white liveries and a Santa Fe warbonnet wide cab makes an appearance, courtesy of the BNSF merg- er. Many main line trains have only two units, but heavy taconite or Powder River coal trains can have three to five units and/or pushers. A few tourist steam engines make cameo appearances on each volume with elderly, 1913-built Duluth & Northern Minnesota 2-8-2 No. 14 being the rarest, since it may not run again. The videography in these two runby-style


In addition to the photo charters run out of Duluth, Minn., over the years there is a wealth of regular freight service traffic on about a dozen railroads great and small in the Duluth, Minn./Superior, Wis., port re- gion. Spread over many square miles are over ten yards; various ore, grain, limestone, and coal terminals; transfer runs and flat yard switching. Main line unit trains termi- nate at the ports for cargo transfer to lake boats or salties, along with inbound lime- stone from ships and outbound bentonite and potash, not to mention regular manifest trains which had a only a few doublestacks at the time this video was captured. It is a varied train watchers paradise of carload freight trains far removed from the contain- ers from the Far East . The action can be viewed from a variety of public spots as well as more intimate railroad locations. Both volumes show a few bulk carrier


boats of varying vintages as they move along majestically as well as tied up at docks, to complete the story of Great Lakes tonnage. The variety of cargo types and railroad in-


videos spans from 1990 to 2005 and was al- most universally taken on clear, sunny days. Good use is made of bridges, signs, in- dustrial structures, and views from distant overlooks and various lenses to enhance the imagery and explain the operations and lo- cale. The original video is very good to excel- lent in content, technique, sound, and com- position, with informative narration on a variety of topics. An enclosed paper map helps orient the viewer. This is great cover- age of the often overlooked Midwest, this producer’s specialty. The Lake Superior region is truly a fasci-


nating place with much history, scenic beau- ty, rail action and hiking pursuits to recom- mend it for a vacation. — TOM KELCEC


SOFTWARE SIMULATION REVIEW


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