Appendix 5 - Abandoned Mileages by Trunk-Line Systems .. 253
Appendix 6 - Index and Cross-References of Abandoned Line Names . 254
Up to now, the interesting old abandoned rail lines of Kentucky have generally been given the silent treatment. But GHOST RAILROADS OF KENTUCKY authored by Elmer G. Sulzer and published by Vane A. Jones of Indianapolis, Indiana, has gone far to remedy this situation.
Sulzer, a Professor of Radio and Television at Indiana University, has devoted more than twenty-five years to the researching and writing about the defunct lines of Kentucky, Indiana, and Tennessee. Almost a thousand interviews, the painstaking inspection of old records, and on-the-spot examinations have resulted in an authoritative buckram-bound book that covers every steam-operated abandonment in the Bluegrass State.
It will come as a shock to Colorado rail buffs to face the fact that Kentucky at one time or another had twenty-eight narrow gauge railroads bearing such picturesque names as the Red River Valley ; Big Woods, Red River Lombard; Mountain Central; Panther Gap; Breckinridge Coal; and Red River Beattyville Southern.
Indeed, Louisville had a narrow gauge commuter railroad, the Louisville, Harrods Creek Westport that later was standard-gauged and still later converted to electric operation.
All in all, exactly 1,028.10 miles of main line trackage, more than a fourth of Kentucky's all-time high of 4,055 miles, have been abandoned and are discussed in this book. Many old time photographs have been deftly reproduced through the off-set process. A score or more of maps and many profiles are included. A master map of Kentucky showing all existing main line trackage as well as all abandoned segments, keyed to the respective chapters, is an important part of the book.
Appendices are devoted to locomotive rosters of the abandoned lines, a chronological list of abandonments, abandonments by counties, by trunk line systems, a list of the narrow gauge lines, and an index and cross-reference of the various names under which the abandoned routes paraded.
And a sparkling selection of full color reproductions of color photographs and original oil paintings especially painted for this book by the famous railroad artist, Norman C. Miller, Jr. makes this book a must for the serious railroad historian, model builder and railfan, as well as those native to the state of Kentucky who would wish to preserve a bit of the glorious days of railroading in the mountains, the timberlands, the coal fields and the bluegrass regions.
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