From Gotham to the Berkshires
New York Central’s Harlem Division
By John Ham.
Color laminated hardcover, 8.5x11", 304 pages (32 color), almost 600 images, maps, timetables. 2019.
"The story of the old New York & Harlem Railroad began way back in 1831 when New York City authorized construction of a horse-drawn streetcar system for Manhattan Island. Over the decades this evolved into a major commuter railroad connecting New York State’s upstate communities with the City.
"This new book is not a detailed narrative of the New York Central System's Harlem Division. Rather, it is a photographic look at the history of this railroad that was the driving force in developing the region along the eastern border of New York State from New York City to the heart of the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts. Several noted photographers as well as railroad historians have opened their collections to us. They are the major source of the nearly 600 images, maps, and timetables that lie between the covers of this publication. These folks have literally saved the history of this under-publicized major railroad. We are proud to present their work within these pages."