Delaware & Hudson
The Final Years, 1968 to 1991
By Rudy Garbely.
Clothbound with dust jacket, 8.5x11", 416 pages, 32 interviews, 550+ color photos. July 2022 release.
"Jim Shaughnessy’s definitive book Delaware & Hudson was published at the end of 1967, right at the beginning of a period of drastic change for the 144-year-old transportation company. The following 24 years would see the 744-mile D&H purchased by the Norfolk & Western (Dereco), doubled in size due to the Conrail merger, sold to Guilford, placed into bankruptcy, operated by the Susquehanna, and ultimately acquired by CP Rail.
"During this period, equipment, paint schemes, management, and operations were in a constant state of flux, creating one of the most intriguing and chaotic periods in D&H history and in Northeastern railroading as a whole. All the while, the employees of this historic regional railroad maintained its friendly, approachable atmosphere and charm, making the D&H appealing and accessible to railfans and industry professionals alike.
"Author Rudy Garbely picks up writing where Shaughnessy left off in 1967. This extensively researched text focuses on all-new employee interviews and recollections, contextualized with various historical D&H company records and contemporary accounts. Several hundred never-before-published color photos illustrate this definitive work on the D&H’s final years of independence.
"This limited edition hardcover continuation of Shaughnessy’s work contains 416 pages of written and visual content, including 150+ pages of extensive academic research, 550+ all-new color photos, and 32 never-before-published interviews. (Interviewees include the late D&H President Bruce Sterzing, Guilford owner Tim Mellon, and USRA President Jim Hagen.)"