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Southern Pacific's Heavy Pacific Locomotives
Stock #: KB10974
Author: Terry M. Johnson
Publisher: Shade Tree Books
Covering Classes P-8, P-9, P-10, P-12, P-13 and P-14!
This is a serious locomotive book, not simply a photo album, in the tradition of Bob Church or Joe Strapac. Amply illustrated with detail photos, early-day roster shots, and lively action photography. Heavily researched and cross-checked. Author Terry Johnson begins his study with a discussion of Alco number 50,000�a 1912 demonstrator that pushed the envelope of modern passenger locomotive design. SP�s own heavy Pacific locomotives were part of the post-Harriman era, when SP spent millions replenishing and modernizing rolling stock worn out during World War I.
This book also addresses the former El Paso & Southwestern #3120-3129, which were added as coal burners in 1924 and continually refined to better fit them in with SP�s �home team.� A chapter is also devoted to the three smaller class P-6 locomotives rebuilt at Houston in 1937 to power the Texas & New Orleans� streamliner Sunbeam and Hustler trains. They were fully modernized (as class P-14) in the face of dieselized competition between Houston and Dallas�on a shorter route. Class P-8, P-9 and P-10 heavy Pacifics were still powering Commute trains between San Jose and San Francisco as late as the summer of 1956�as illustrated by the dramatic, wrap-around Roger Cortani cover. This book is a major historical work at an affordable price, filled with large photos and numerous tables. Soft cover.
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