Product Details


Title:
Railroads of Milwaukee Steam, Diesel, Electrics, Lake Boats
Author:
John Kelly
Publisher:
Heimburger House
ISBN or Item #
9780911581676
Date Listed:
2015-10-12 00:00:00
Retail Price:
$61.95
Our Price:
$49.95
Description:
Untitled Document

Railroads of Milwaukee

Steam * Diesel * Electrics * Lake Boats

By John Kelly.

Cloth with dust jacket, 9x 11.75", 264 pages, 135 color 362 b/w photos, maps, drawings. 2015.

"Author John Kelly explores the fascinating history of the city's railroads, starting with the Milwaukee & Waukesha in 1847.

"By 1873 the Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway - later the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific ("The Milwaukee Road") opened a line to Chicago, and the railroad was on its way. Milwaukee Shops and the Hiawatha legend, Skytops and Super Domes, and the story behind designer Brooks Stevens, are featured. Kelly supplies copious data on not only the Milwaukee Road, but also the Chicago & NorthWestern's freight and passenger service, including the 400 fleet. Kelly also writes about the Chicago North Shore and Milwaukee Railroad, America's Fastest Interurban, the Skokie Valley Route and Electroliners. In the Milwaukee Electric Railway & Light Company section, he reviews streetcars, interurbans and trackless trolley buses.

"With the inclusion of the Lake Boats, the Pere Marquette, Chesapeake & Ohio, and Grand Trunk Western RRs also come into the picture. In addition the book covers the Beer Line and the breweries, Milwaukee's meatpacking industry, Milwaukee's railroad stations and freight yards."

"John Kelly grew up in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, where his dad's best friend, an engineer on the Chicago & NorthWestern, gave him and his brother occasional midnight cab rides on C&NW freight trains from Altoona to Elroy, Wisconsin. As a teenager, he enjoyed watching C&NW, Milwaukee Road and Soo Line trains come through his home town. Given his hobby of railroad history, John has written articles for Trains magazine, Trains.com, and Vintage Rails and has also authored a number of books on streamlined passenger trains, including Streamliners to the Twin Cities, Interurban Trains to Chicago, and Chicago Stations & Trains. In 2009, John co-authored Trains to Victory--America's Railroads in World War II--with Don Heimburger. Railroads of Milwaukee continues John's interest in Midwestern cities that offered passenger train service. His memories of the Milwaukee Road include photo outings to the Milwaukee Shops--in 1922 it was one of the largest rail car complexes in the United States--and diesel service facilities in the late 1970s. It was exciting to stand near the 35th Street Viaduct, he says, and take photos of the various locomotives and sprawling railroad yards. John is also a volunteer-docent for the innovative National Park Service-Amtrak partnership Trails & Rails program during the summer travel season. This program provides rail passengers with the educational opportunities that foster an appreciation of a selected region's natural and cultural heritage. He joined Trails & Rails in 2007, completing four years as a docent on Amtrak's famed Empire Builder between Chicago and Winona, Minnesota. In addition, he volunteers with the Center for Railroad Photography & Art in Madison, Wisconsin, archiving historic railroad images."