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Earle Baldwin

"Trackside Around The Big Apple 1964-1973 With Al Roberts"

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"Trackside Around The Big Apple 1964-1973 With Al Roberts" is a photographic record of railroading within the boroughs of New York City during the period of the mid 60's and early 70's as recorded by the author.


Divided into chapters by county/borough, the book provides superb coverage of city railroading during this interesting period. Of particular interest to transit enthusiasts is the splendid layout of images of Staten Island Rapid Transit operations prior to the introduction of MTA financed newer generation equipment. While images of Dashing Dan are prominent, freshly applied MTA blue and yellow is proudly displayed on various LIRR locomotives and new M1 cars are seen in several photos. During the time span which the book covers, the Penn Central merger was implemented and several former PRR GG1's and NYC box cab electrics are observed wearing the "color" scheme of their new owner. One of the most interesting sequence of action shots this reviewer has ever seen are those taken by the author on Hell Gate Bridge during a snowstorm. The reader will feel cold just LOOKING at these pictures! The author and publisher are to be commended for ensuring ample coverage is provided for each borough, giving the reader a truly comprehensive look at New York City railroading. Morning Sun Books has established a reputation as a leading publisher of high quality hardcover books featuring outstanding color photography. The release of this volume is clear evidence as to why the company has become so well respected.


The list price of the book is $59.95; however, with smart shopping it and other Morning Sun titles can be easily located at discounted prices at train meets and on online auction sites. It is highly recommended and should be in the collection of any New York City Metropolitan Area railroading hobbyist.


Best regards,



Edited by Earle Baldwin
Corrected typographical error

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