The Last Steam Railroad in America [O Winston Link, Thomas H Garver] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Celebrates the Norfolk and Western Railway and the communities through which the last commercially-operated steam engines in America traveled.
Number 779, the last of 10 Berkshire's that Lima delivered to Nickel Plate in 1949, wrote finis for that builder. Alco's last steamer was also a Berkshire, for Pittsburgh & Lake Erie. (The 27 4-8-4 "Niagaras" that Alco had built for New York Central from 1945-46 represented one of the last successful American steam-locomotive designs.)
The collection of images, taken by photographer O. Winston Link, shows America's last major steam railroad as it was switching its operations to diesel in the 1950s.
Steam trains operate mostly on weekends from Memorial Day (last Monday in May) until September, with foliage specials in October. Special event trains also operate in season and there are diesel-powered trips at other times. The nearest Amtrak stops are Buffalo and Rochester, served by the Lake Shore Limited.
The last steam locomotive built for mainline British Railways was BR Standard Class 9F 92220 Evening Star, which was completed in March 1960. The last steam-hauled service trains on the British Railways network ran in 1968, but the use of steam locomotives in British industry continued into the 1980s.
March 22, 1970: The California Zephyr, on its last run, arrives in Oakland, California from Chicago; the train name will soon be resurrected by Amtrak on a train travelling almost the same route as the original train. June 21, 1970 the Penn Central files for chapter 7 bankruptcy, becoming the largest corporate failure up to that time in US history.
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Last steam locomotive in normal service in the USA? NOT railfan or tourist service. I.E. regular commercial revenue earning service. What I want to know is what year it was and if possible what railroad and where. Of couse it is quite likely that the last one of all was in industrial use at a factory or similar - it would be nice to know where ...
Steam Steel and Stars [Tim Hensley, Winston O. Link] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Late years of steam railway in America - 1955 to 1960 - are documented in this book by American photographer O.Winston Link. The black and white photos taken at night capture the drama and energy of the great trains in action.
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