Reflections The Nickel Plate Years 1881-1981 Nickel Plate District Soft Cover
Reflections The Nickel Plate Years 1881-1981 Nickel Plate District By Dicken Hirsimaki & Semon Soft Cover 1981 59 Pages
The Nickel Plate Road was many things to many people. To most, it was a 2-8-4 handling a crack manifest; to some, a brace of PA's; and to others, possibly a doughty 2-8-0 peddling its wares across a rural division. Actually, all these scenes and many others could depict the Nickel Plate though no one of them can adequately symbolize the road. While it was small compared to the giants of the industry against which it was competing it was far too large to be categorized in such a general manner. Each of the road's operating districts lent its own unique heritage, local flavor, and physical plant to help make the railroad what it was.
There was one thing about the railroad that did set it apart: its people. It was the gandy dancer in Rankin, the clerk in Pine Valley, the shopman in Conneaut, the trainman in Frankfort, and thousands of other employees that were the Nickel Plate's heart and soul, its lifeblood, and its spirit. Unfortunately their contributions often went unnoticed in the rush to capture a fast approaching 700 on film.
These publications will hopefully be able to offer a more rounded view of the railroad as a whole. The early volumes will take a brief look at the operating districts, another will cover dieselization of the entire railroad, the merger, and post-merger developments. A final volume will consist of a more detailed look at the last quarter century of the road's independent operations, 1940-1964, and its people. The series is meant to supplement existing material on the railroad and/or update it. The books are intended to be a means of revealing the Nickel Plate of days past, a legend, yet something that remains an integral part of a modern railroad.
Though the Nickel Plate was merged into the Norfolk & Western Railway in 1964 its legacy will never die. No logo was ever borne more proudly, earned such respect, or was loved so dear as the Nickel Plate.
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