Review: Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad: the Last 30 Years
During my childhood and early adulthood, the Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad was the “hometown road” for the nascent railfan – still in its waning days as the “little Giant” that had outperformed its New York Central and Penn Central owners, and had later evaded Conrail. The writing was on the wall, however and this book is a wonderful look back at that bygone era, when black U28Bs, SW1500s, MP15s, GP38s, and passenger GP7s still roamed the rails around western Pennsylvania. Any Pittsburgh railfan will delight in the numerous, large, and high quality photos of scenes past. The yard at McKees Rocks, the J&L Aliquippa Works, the station at Coraopolis, passenger Geeps 1500 and 1501 – all these and more are represented well. There is also coverage of “interlopers” – Conrail and Chessie units, Detroit Edison power -even a Berkshire!
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