The Twilight of Steam: Great Photography from the Last Days of Steam Locomotives in America

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THE TWILIGHT OF STEAM

FOR AMERICAN RAILROADS, the early 1950s was a time of rapid transition as colorful new diesels quickly displaced steam locomotives. The economics of diesel power were so compelling that once production models had been perfected, the writing was on the wall. Yet many observers often didn’t see the writing until it was almost too late. Others were more astute and stayed ahead of the tide of dieselization, making photographs of the last of steam for posterity.


  • During its transition from steam to diesel, Central Vermont often mixed motive power on its freights. In this view, a northward freight crosses the Millers Falls high bridge with one of CV’s revered 2-8-0s in the lead. Behind it is a pair of Fairbanks-Morse C-Liner diesels borrowed from CV’s parent, Canadian National. In the final years of steam operation, when steam and diesels were mixed, the diesels tended to lead. These diesels didn’t serve for long on the
  • CV, however. By the late 1950s, the railroad had dieselized with its own fleet of EMD GP9s and Alco switchers.
  • Jim Shaughnessy
PLATE 64 Norfolk & Western No. 608 leans into a curve with a passenger train, 1956. John E. Pickett

PLATE 64 Norfolk & Western’s streamlined J-class 4-8-4 is an American classic. A product of the railroad’s Roanoke Shops, it was known for its great looks and exceptional performance. Norfolk & Western’s mainline was equipped with Centralized Traffic Control that allowed dispatchers to run trains on either track in both directions on signal indication. John E. Pickett

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Brian Solomon is the author of more than 40 books on locomotives and railroading. He splits his time between Monson, Massachusetts, and Dublin, Ireland.Brian Solomon is the author of more than 40 books on locomotives and railroading. He splits his time between Monson, Massachusetts, and Dublin, Ireland.Brian Solomon is the author of more than 40 books on locomotives and railroading. He splits his time between Monson, Massachusetts, and Dublin, Ireland.Brian Solomon is the author of more than 40 books on locomotives and railroading. He splits his time between Monson, Massachusetts, and Dublin, Ireland.Brian Solomon is the author of more than 40 books on locomotives and railroading. He splits his time between Monson, Massachusetts, and Dublin, Ireland.Brian Solomon is the author of more than 40 books on locomotives and railroading. He splits his time between Monson, Massachusetts, and Dublin, Ireland.Brian Solomon is the author of more than 40 books on locomotives and railroading. He splits his time between Monson, Massachusetts, and Dublin, Ireland.Brian Solomon is the author of more than 40 books on locomotives and railroading. He splits his time between Monson, Massachusetts, and Dublin, Ireland.Brian Solomon is the author of more than 40 books on locomotives and railroading. He splits his time between Monson, Massachusetts, and Dublin, Ireland.Brian Solomon is one of today's most accomplished railway historians. He has authored more than thirty books about railroads and locomotive power, and his writing and photography have been featured in the world's top rail publications, including Trains, Railway Age, Passenger Train Journal, and RailNews. He divides his time between Massachusetts and Ireland.

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"The big volume (10x12 inches, 192 pages) is a black-and-white photographer's dream. Solomon introduces each chapter (arranged geographically) with recollections of the photographers themselves. Captions for each image are clear and precise, with a full index of photo thumbnails and more details on how, when and why the exposure was made.

Those of us who were chasing the last of steam at the time can certainly relate to what Solomon has assembled. Others less fortunate can relate nearly as well, thanks to the superb photographic reproduction and thoughtful text. No serious student of the industry can afford to be without it." - Railroad Week In Review

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Descrizione libro Voyageur Press (MN) June 2014, 2014. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. It's remarkable to consider that not 'that' long ago, a good chunk of American commerce was carried out by huge steam-powered leviathans. Even as the Interstate and jet engines were revolutionizing the way people traveled and shipped goods, steam locomotives continued to toil across North American rails. Of course, steam locomotives weren't long for this world. Today, they may be mostly gone, but they're far from forgotten--railfan interest in steam power remains keen. In 'The Twilight of Steam,' acclaimed rail author and photographer Brian Solomon gathers some of the greatest black-and-white photography from well-known rail photographers who were plying their trade trackside in the years when steam was fading from the rail scene. Gorgeous large-format images show famed steam locomotive types at work and at rest all over the U.S. and Canada. From the high plains to mountain passes, from city stations to scrapyards, these evocative images capture an historical era of railroading. To add context, the photographs are accompanied by the recollections of many of the photographers represented, while detailed captions provide information about the locomotives and scenes pictured. While successful monographs have previously presented the work of acclaimed rail photographers, none have provided a survey representing a range of operations and regions quite like this collection. 'The Twilight of Steam' is an essential addition to the bookshelf of any serious railfan. A beautiful retrospective of American steam locomotives in their final years, featuring photography and recollections of the men who documented the end of the steam age. Codice libro della libreria 161264

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