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A Trip by Rail in the Shenandoah Valley On the Baltimore & Ohio RR and the Southern Rw
Bob Cohen
Bob Cohen
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2013-10-26 21:42:27
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A Trip by Rail in the Shenandoah Valley

On the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad and the Southern Railway

By Bob Cohen.

Color laminated hardcover, 8.5x11", 160 glossy pages. 2013.

"This new 160-page hard-cover book covers the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad and Southern Railway line in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley: from Brunswick to Harper's Ferry on the mainline, and then all the way up the Valley, 163 more miles in all, to Lexington, VA, via Strasburg and Harrisonburg.

"Each station and its community is included with a basic history along with individual passenger station data. Every station along that right-of-way is covered. Nearly all have photographs, most from "way back when." For many images this is their first time in print. The earliest photograph dates from around the mid-1880s and is as sharp as can be.

"Putting together a comprehensive listing of all, or at least as many as could be uncovered, of the assigned agents at the various depots along the way was challenging, indeed. This data alone makes for a fascinating study, with one of the station agent listings nearly complete all the way back to 1836.

"Profusely illustrated with 100+ images and 9 different maps strategically placed throughout the narrative to guide the reader through a region that has received far too little historical coverage up to the present. Coverage is also included for other railroads that crossed or interchanged with the B&O and Southern at various points along the main line. This is the case at Charlestown, Winchester, Strasburg, Harrisonburg, Staunton and Lexington where the Norfolk & Western, Pennsylvania RR, Winchester & Western, and Chesapeake & Ohio receive noteworthy attention."