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Armour yellow, the Milwaukee detouring over the Chicago & North Western through Rochelle, Ill., and other neat treats. Schafer and Chicagoland are like peanut


butter and jelly, and the third chapter fol- lows the Milwaukee into the Windy City with its skylines and stations and beavertail observation cars. He visits Bensenville, takes in C-Liners, and hits Rondout Tower. Then it’s off to the railroad’s namesake city in the fourth chapter to visit Everett Street Station, see more Armour yellow passenger equipment, and view freight power old and new. It’s time for a road trip in the fifth and final chapter, a visit to the Pacific Exten- sion. Electrics of all sorts (primarily Little Joes) are viewed in the vast vistas. An Epi- logue slide wraps things up. The CD slide show is a pretty cool idea.


There’s no need for a projector —a comput- er and monitor are all you need, although you could easily tie in with your television and if a projector were available, you could go old school and put the slides on a real screen. The images are JPEG files in nu- merical order and there’s no “executable” file; use your computer’s slide show pro- gram. On a Mac, drag the CD icon onto the Preview icon in the dock, go to full screen mode and voila! Advance the slides at your own pace using the arrow keys. The ability to set your own pace, plus the detailed cap- tions, make this a worthwhile addition to the library of any fan of classic midwestern railroading. — STEVE BARRY


BOOK REVIEW


Roads, Rivers, and Rails —Volume I By John Taibi. Published by Depot Square Publishing, 6683 Loveland-Miamiville Rd., Loveland, OH 45140-6953; 513/677-5959; www.depotsquarepublishing.com. Hardcover, 238 81/2″×11″ pages, $64.95 plus $5.00 shipping; add $1.00 for each additional book to continental U.S. OH residents add sales tax. Subtitled The Delaware & Hudson’s Sus- quehanna Di- vision Heritage Trail, this is the first vol- ume of two to trace the histo-


ry of today’s Canadian Pacific route between Albany/Schenectady and Binghamton, N.Y. and covers the section between the Capitol District and Oneonta, at one time the heart of the Delaware & Hudson. The railroad was built between 1851 and 1869 as the six-foot gauge Albany & Susquehanna and became part of the Delaware & Hudson’s “Bridge Line” in 1870. The author does an unusually good job of telling not only the railroad’s sto- ry but also that of the adjacent countryside including the villages and towns that the rail- road served. “Served” mostly in the past tense, because today the passenger trains are long gone and there’s little on-line local freight business left, despite the heavy traffic that traverses the route between Quebec and New England and the South and West. In fact, the book is as much about State Route 7, which shadows the old D&H for most of the way, as it is about the railroad. Photo coverage ranges from the six-foot


gauge days through the late steam era and then skips to the present day, except for a few Sterzing-era D&H photos. The images


mainly compare a pre-1950 “then” to today’s “now,” not necessarily to show a continuous chronology of the railroad’s history. Even so, the photo selection is excellent, with plenty of outstanding vintage b&w material that enjoys equally excellent reproduction. There are plenty of railroad subjects, ranging from six-foot gauge 4-4-0s to Challengers and Al- co road switchers, along with comparative views of many town and village scenes tak- en decades apart. The present day color pho- tos, especially of the railroad, are not quite as impressive simply because today the rail- road is so sterile, reduced mostly to a single track and stripped of most remnants of the old surrounding infrastructure. The author provides plenty of local lore


and legend among the rail history, including the story of Chief Schenevus and his name- sake creek along with the growth of the city of Oneonta, where the world’s largest round- house was once located, as a railroad town. In a curious stylistic quirk, today’s owner of the former D&H is identified as “CPRail.”. It’s true that the Canadian Pacific Railway branded itself CP Rail (with a space) be- tween 1968 and 1996, but after that it re- sumed using the original name. The characteristics of the Schenectady


line and the Albany Main north and east of Delanson are described, which makes it clear why one saw mostly passenger trains and the other, freight. Line relocations between Delanson and Schenectady are discussed and illustrated using simple maps, and there’s also much discussion of “low grade” Track 4, which was located between Dante (East Worcester) and Schenevus on the west slope of Richmondville Hill. Fine photos and interlocking diagrams show the changes over the years, but the absence of a simple overall map that shows the low grade’s end- points and location makes it difficult for the reader to understand exactly where it was, other than being in the general vicinity of the current Interstate 88 grade. (Traces of the right of way can be found on USGS topo- graphic maps; much of it was located just east of the highway’s northbound lanes.) In general, better maps would make it much easier for the reader to follow the story throughout the book. That said, it’s a pretty good bet that even


the most dedicated Delaware & Hudson fan will find a lot to like, and we eagerly await the release of Volume II. — WALT LANKENAU


VIDEO REVIEW


Steam Memories of Ontario Manitoba Steam in the 50’s A Last Look at Steam Greg Scholl Video Productions, P.O. Box 123, Batavia, OH 45103-0123; www.gregscholl video.com; 513/732-0660. Standard definition DVD; Memories, 55 min., $24.95; Manitoba, 29 min., $19.95; Last Look, 29 min., $19.95. Add $5.00 shipping for total order in U.S.; (in Canada add $1 for each additional DVD). OH residents add sales tax. W.H.N. “Newt” Rossiter, a highly skilled railfan cinematographer from Canada, aimed his Kodak K100 16-mm movie cam- era, loaded with Kodachrome, at some of the last regular service steam north of our bor- der, as well as some of the last regular steam used in the U.S., and generated the high quality images seen here. Originally issued in the 1980s in VHS format by Rail Innova- tions in Canada, Greg Scholl has purchased


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