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PENNSYLVANIA RAILROAD SHAMOKIN BRANCH ORE TRAINS & COAL MINES
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Dan Marnell and Blake Marnell 816 pages hardcover

This book is a 190-year comprehensive history of the PRR’s Shamokin Branch dating back to its charter in 1826 as the Danville & Pottsville Railroad. Originally conceived as a portage railroad to link the Schuylkill and Susquehanna rivers, it soon morphed into two coal-hauling lines which supplied the Schuylkill and Susquehanna Branch canals. Following two bankrupt- cies and reorganizations, the line emerged as the Sham- okin Valley & Pottsville Railroad in 1858, retaining this corporate name until the coming of Penn Central. The Conrail-years rate a separate chapter as does the current operator, the Shamokin Valley Railroad. The collieries and coal branches are given extensive coverage. A sub- stantial photo-retrospective of the well-known ore trains that traversed the line during and after World War II is covered in a separate chapter. Motive power and opera- tions get their due throughout. Attention is also given to the Reading and Lehigh Valley railroads wherever they interchanged with or challenged the Pennsy. The book features numerous photos, maps, graphs, and drawings (many of them in color). Attention is also given to the towns and the peoples who settled them, whose common experiences, despite diverse backgrounds, created what some scholars have called a “Coalcracker Culture. A CD is also included with the book. It contains ICC maps of the Northumberland yards, rail lines in Sunbury, the SV&P, and the Lehigh Valley/PRR Mount Carmel yards, as well as a number of USGS maps of the area.

Due May Papa1

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