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Altoona Action
Tom Biery and Jaime Serentsis
TRP The Railroad Press
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2010-03-22 13:41:38
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PRR - Penn Central - Conrail around Horseshoe Curve

By Tom Biery and Jaime Serentsis.

Color laminated hardcover, 128 glossy pages, sharp b/w and color photos, maps, index, bibliography.

"Altoona Action is the hardcover book that features thirty years of railroading in and around the city of Altoona, Pennsylvania. The book presents brilliant black & white and color photography of the Pennsylvania Railroad, Penn Central and Conrail, taken between the mid-1960s and the mid-1990s. In addition to Altoona, the book covers Horseshoe Curve, Gallitzin, Cresson, Tyrone and Spruce Creek.

"To complement the beautiful photographs, there are histories of Gallitzin and the long-forgotten industrial town of Bennington. You will also learn of two ways in which the Pennsylvania Railroad harnessed the power of the atom for its own use! Additionally, there are old and new maps of the area and excerpts from timetables. At the end of the book is a complete index and bibliography which will come in handy for those who wish to research related topics. You'll find included a story written by a gentleman who came to Altoona to work for the P.R.R. in 1885, and recorded many details of what life in Altoona was like more than 100 years ago.

"Thomas A. Biery took most of the photographs used in Altoona Action. Tom is a graduate of Penn State University and has a background in logistics. He has been published in many national magazines, including The Railroad Press, Time, Newsweek and Traffic World. He has previously authored Chessie System Cumberland Action and ALCOs to Allentown.