Iron Horse Rambles 1959 - 1964 A Memorial Album Railroading Extra by Young
Iron Horse Rambles 1959 - 1964 A Memorial Album Railroading Extra by Young

Iron Horse Rambles 1959 - 1964 A Memorial Album Railroading Extra by Young

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Iron Horse Rambles 1959 - 1964 A Memorial Album Railroading Extra by Young
Iron Horse Rambles 1959 to 1964 A Memorial Album Railroading Extra by William S Young 1972 Soft Cover 30 pages
This is the fourth time I have tried to describe the Reading Company's Iron Horse Rambles and the locomotives that made them. There was a magazine article in 1959, a record jacket in 1960, a booklet in 1963. But times and styles change, and it is always a satisfaction to be able to revise and rephrase one's ideas. Thus this new examination of the Reading Rambles and the Reading T-1's.
Those whose calling is public relations usually consider their work done best when done anonymously, but the enthusiasm of the Reading's directors of public relations-first Harry E. Hammer (now assistant to the president of the Missouri Pacific), then Roderick H. Craib (now with Business Week)-went beyond office hours when it came to the Rambles. They both helped to lay the foundations for this study, without attempting to prescribe its course. Bert Penny-packer, who has been keeping an eye on Reading operations since the 1930's, placed at my disposal a wealth of notes and recollections; and Albert J. Derr, another long-time Reading fan, made available his findings on T-1 performance. George M. Hart, director of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, and the pre-eminent authority on the Reading, has provided additional insights. John Krause, Carl H. Sturner, and J. J. Young, Jr., have filled gaps in the photographic record. Others, including many on the Reading, have helped whose names do not appear.
Iron Horse Rambles and the Reading T-l's, the now out-of-print booklet of 1963, saw the Rambles as "a series of happy excursions into the past-a series of journeys that would make the young a little wiser, their elders a little younger, and set free in both a new understanding of a nation's long and deep experience with one of the most sensuous machines ever devised." It is a view I have seen no reason to change.

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