The Algoma Central Railway runs from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario north 300 miles through the wilderness to the small lumbering town of Hearst, Ontario. In addition to freight trains, ACR also operates passenger trains. One, the Agawa Canyon Tour Train, goes to a beautiful canyon owned by the railroad 114 miles north of the Sault and the other, a "wilderness" train that stops anywhere along the line to pick up or let off local residents, campers and hunters, runs to the end of steel at Hearst. Join the author on ten trips riding The Route of the Black Bear from 1980 to 2014. Trips on the Agawa Canyon Tour Train, the Local Train to Hearst, Snow Trains and fall colour trains, as well as riding these trains in a dome car and an old business car, are all covered in photographs taken by the author.
The Chronicles of a Detroit Railfan series of books brings back to life the many fascinating railroads serving a great city in the last quarter of the 20th Century when they were still so very interesting and so many. This is Volume 8 of Chronicles of a Detroit Railfan and it is about the commuter trains that ran between Detroit and Pontiac, Michigan. They were operated by the Southeastern Michigan Transportation Authority (SEMTA) and ran on Grand Trunk Western Railroad's Holly Subdivision tracks. This suburban commuter train operation is extensively covered between 1975 and their end of operations in 1983 in both color and black and white photographs taken by the author.
Orange County is one of the best-known, yet least understood, counties in California. The popular image of beautiful people in beach cities is certainly accurate. But the Orange County that is often overlooked includes workaday lives in Anaheim, the barrios of Santa Ana, townhouse living in Brea and the diverse communities of Little Saigon, Little Texas, Los Rios, La Habra and Silverado Canyon. Modern Orange County offers very little sense of history, and it sometimes seems as if the urbanization of the 1960s is all that defines the place. Orange County historian Phil Brigandi fills in the gaps with this collection of essays that explores the very creation of the county, as well as pressing issues of race, citrus, attractions and annexation.
Though the city of St. Louis is located on the Missouri side of the Mississippi River, for the railroads, the St. Louis Gateway extends into Illinois, north and south along both sides of the river. Two factors conspired against St. Louis’s aspiration to become the preeminent rail center of the 19th-century American Midwest: there was no bridge across the Mississippi, and Missouri’s loyalty to the Union during the Civil War was suspect. Chicago beat out St. Louis to attain the region’s top railroad billing. Fast forward to the 1970s, when the Gateway Arch, dedicated in 1968, redefined the St. Louis riverfront and when the St. Louis Union Station closed to rail service. The 1970s was a decade of railroad debuts—Burlington Northern, Illinois Central Gulf, Family Lines—and a decade of railroad demises—Rock Island and Frisco. It signaled the end of a century of rail domination of the American transportation scene.
Bon vivant, railroad historian, photographer, pioneering food critic, chronicler of New York’s café society, and noted newspaperman, Lucius Beebe (1902–1966) was an American original. In 1938, with the publication of High Iron: A Book of Trains, he transformed the world of railroad-subject photography forever by inventing the railroad picture book genre. In 1940, he met creative and life partner Charles Clegg (1916–1979), also a talented photographer. Beebe and Clegg produced an outstanding and diverse portfolio of mid-twentieth century railroad-subject photographs. Beebe, sometimes with Clegg, also authored about forty books, including many focused on railroads and railroading. The Railroad Photography of Lucius Beebe and Charles Clegg brings their incredible story and best photographic work together. Providing an extensive biographic introduction to Beebe and Clegg, author Tony Reevy presents a multi-faceted view of the railroad industry that will appeal to rail enthusiasts as well as those interested in American food culture, the history of New York City, and LGBT studies. The Railroad Photography of Lucius Beebe and Charles Clegg is an indispensable history to the work of two men who forever changed the way we see and experience American railroads.