Reading Steam Pictorial Cavalcade of Modern Power Soft Cover 1964

Reading Steam Pictorial Cavalcade of Modern Power Soft Cover 1964

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Reading Steam Pictorial Cavalcade of Modern Power Soft Cover 1964
 
Reading Lines Reading Steam Pictorial Cavalcade of Modern Power SC 1964
SEE PHOTOS.  Bottom edge has previous  water damage, back cover has spotting.
Soft Cover
Copyright 1964
129 Pages
BY Bert Pennypacker
A Cavalcade of Modern Power from 1938 to the End of Steam
FOREWORD
So much has been written about the colorful history of Reading's distinctively styled, Wootten boilered steam locomotives that another volume on the subject may, at first glance, seem to be superfluous. However, except for the story of class T-1 Northerns (of Iron Horse Rambles fame), very little detailed information has appeared regarding mechanical developments and over-the-road operations during the final decade of steam power. So that we might once again relive the unforgettable memories of these late modern steam years, your authors have taken RDG's 1938 roster as a basis for this pictorial history of all types in use at that time, plus subsequent developments to the end of steam.
The magical appeal of RDG locomotives was probably centered about hundreds of camelbacks which saw service through World War II and were gradually retired from 1945-1948. RDG men never called them "mother hub-bards," and, conversely, engines with rear cabs were called "long Johns." During the early years of this century, motive power chiefs Samuel F. Prince and Howard D. Taylor, assisted by mechanical engineer Edward 0. Elliott, lavished their know-how on design blueprints to create the beautifully styled camelbacks that polished RDG high iron for so many years.
RDG's invention of the bulging Wootten firebox (back in 1877) had forced the cab forward. Years passed, boilers expanded in size, and by 1912 the road hung its first cab onto the backhead of a Wootten. Beginning in 1916, supt. of motive power I. A. Seiders not only acquired most of the System's heavy power, but also revamped most older classes and established design features that became the RDG "look." Unlike other big camelback users, RDG practiced a hands-off policy toward conversions into rear cab power; in fact, the 1920's saw a few camelbacks built and even conversions in reverse-rear cab 4-6-0's rebuilt with middle cabs as late as 1929.
CONTENTS
FOREWORDINSIDE FRONT COVER
READING SYSTEM MAP - CAPSULE COMMENT.... 3 READING SHOPS - HALL OF FINE
CRAFTSMANSHIP  5
WHY AND WHEREFORE OF WIDE WOOTTENS  6
IN THE SCHUYLKILL RIVER VALLEY 8
PLODDING SWITCHER WORKHORSES 24
OVER THE HILLS TO BETHLEHEM 31
LIGHTWEIGHT PASSENGER SPEEDSTERS  37
THROUGH THE PENNSYLVANIA DUTCH
COUNTRY 49
THE MAGNIFICENT PACIFICS  56
THE SPRAWLING PHILADELPHIA AREA 63
CONSOLIDATIONS, STATUS SYMBOL
OF EFFICIENCY  75
BRANCHLINE ODYSSEY  87
HEAVYWEIGHT FREIGHTERS100
FLATLANDS AND MOUNTAINS112
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS129

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