Apple Country Interurban History of the Yakima Valley Transportation Co Johnsen
Apple Country Interurban History of the Yakima Valley Transportation Co Johnsen
Apple Country Interurban History of the Yakima Valley Transportation Co Johnsen
Apple Country Interurban History of the Yakima Valley Transportation Co Johnsen
Apple Country Interurban History of the Yakima Valley Transportation Co Johnsen

Apple Country Interurban History of the Yakima Valley Transportation Co Johnsen

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Apple Country Interurban History of the Yakima Valley Transportation Co Johnsen
 
Apple Country Interurban A History of the Yakima Valley Transportation Co.
By Kenneth G Johnsen
Hard Cover with Dust Jacket
129 pages
Copyright 1979

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Foreword 7
Chapter 1 - False Starts, Financiers, and a 40-Year Franchise  11
Chapter 2 - Now You See It, Now You Don't 15
Chapter 3 - Merry Christmas, Yakima?  17
Chapter 4 - Take Me Out to the Fair 19
Chapter 5 - Winners and Losers 29
Chapter 6 - Interurban Expansion33
Chapter 7 - Creak Slowly, Old Streetcar  47
Chapter 8 - Interurban Decline 57
Chapter 9 - At Low Ebb69
Chapter 10 - Streetcar Renaissance95
Appendix107
Bibliography128
Index129

DUST JACKET INTRODUCTION
WITH MORE THAN 200 ILLUSTRATIONS - MAPS - SCALE MODEL DRAWINGS - EQUIPMENT - ROSTERS - BIBLIOGRAPHY - INDEX
Think Yakima and you think apples. Most, if not all of Yakima's famous fruit began its trek to your grocer over the winding, up-and-down rails of the Yakima Valley Transportation Company.
That this archetype electric line continues in operation today is nothing short of a miracle. Lengthier, wealthier, busier rivals have long since perished. The YVT railroad, with its half-centuryold locomotives and streetcars, is truly a living page out of history.
Apple Country Interurban transports you to the turn of the century to give you an intimate view of the organization, development, and life and times of Yakima's electric line. Glimpses of other early Washington railroading abound along the way. Painstakingly researched for over ten years, this book presents in factual, humorous, easy-to-read style the complete YVT story as it has never been revealed before, continuing right up through the streetcar renaissance of the 1970's which has sparked a new national interest in the line.
The collection of old and rare illustrations is unmatched anywhere and represents the combined products of dozens of photographers. A thoroughly researched roster, complete with scale modelers' drawings of each piece of YVT rolling stock, and a cross-referenced index round out what is unquestionably the definitive work on the Yakima Valley Transportation Company.
Dr. Kenneth G. Johnsen manages to maintain a busy dental practice in Kent, Washington while at the same time pursuing his avid interest in trains. An accomplished photographer and historian, Dr. Johnsen's byline has appeared in every major railroad magazine in the United States and some overseas. In addition, he wrote and illustrated a previous book, Washington Steam Locomotives.
Born in Southern California, Dr. Johnsen moved with his family to various regions of the United States before settling in Washington State. Dr. Johnsen attended the University of Washington where he majored in history during his undergraduate years and was elected to membership in Phi Alpha Theta National History Honorary Society. He graduated from the University of Washington School of Dentistry in 1971 and the following year married Lauri Ainsworth of Yakima.
Dr. Johnsen was instrumental in returning streetcar service to Yakima. He is the author of the Yakima Motorman's Manual and spends several weekends each summer operating the Yakima Trolleys.
In addition to photographing and writing about trains, Dr. Johnsen models them in HO scale. He is a member of the National Railway Historical Society, National Model Railroad Association, and the Puget Sound Railway Historical Association. He is also an enthusiastic backpacker and has hiked hundreds of miles in the mountains of the West.

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