A.J. Wolf 224 pages hardcover
Although today's crossing of Sherman Hill bears little resemblance to the pioneering effort as a result of rebuilding efforts over the years, the common denominator among steam, diesel, and turbine locomotives is that the topography has demanded that the newest and largest power be used to lift tonnage over the summit. Sherman Hill was one of the last stands for mainline steam in North America, with the legendary 4-8-8-4 Big Boys operating there in the summer of 1959. That need for the utmost in motive power was as true in 1918 with the arrival of compound 2-8-8-0s as it is today with General Electric and Electro-Motive Division (of General Motors) 6,000-horsepower alternating-current-technology units. 310 photos, 102 in color.