From Grand Central to Albany
New York Central's Water Level Route Along The Scenic Hudson River
By John Ham with Roger Liller and Eugene C Dauner.
Color laminated hardcover, 8.5x11", 336 pages, 650 photos and illustrations, maps, ephemera. September 2021.
"Over the years numerous books have been produced depicting trains along the old New York Central Main Line between New York City and Albany. Early ones dealt mainly with locomotive and equipment roster shots with some fine scenic views tossed in here and there. More recent publications deal with modern day diesel and electric trains and the photo quality in most are really good.
"Several fine books have been done recently regarding the days of Penn Central, Conrail, Amtrak, and the MTA. The focus of this book on the Central’s 'Glory Years', using a multitude of magnificent steam and early diesel photos taken along the Water Level Route by some of the most noted rail photographers of the 20th Century. Many of the images within have not previously been published and their original negatives and prints have been graciously loaned to the author by different Historical Societies and collectors to scan and present to readers on the pages within.
"This 336 page volume contains not only superb New York Central photos, but images of connecting railroads and industries of all sorts that were served by the Central in one capacity or another. There are even mining railroads that were little known to the authors before doing our extensive research."