by Otto Vondrak
What are your favorite books on the Milwaukee Road? Please share title and at the very least, a short description.
dhaugh wrote:Another good one, though obviously more region specific, is John Luecke's "The Milwaukee Road in Minnesota".Can you tell us some more about it?
railohio wrote:Also of note is a scathing volume from Thomas H. Ploss, a former Milwaukee Road lawyer, titled The Nation Pays Again. This volume examines the ineptitude of the road's later managers and its eventual demise.Here is Mr. Ploss' (now deceased) work available from an on line retailer:
dhaugh wrote: They deal with a chronological history from the building of the lines all the way to present use of all lines within Minnesota. They typically include a handy abandonment timetable in the back, and of course a fair amount of pictures.That's a pretty fair assessment of the book. The two chapters on the Southern Minnesota and the Caledonia, Mississippi & Western are where I learned the bulk of my knowledge about the two lines that ran through my "neck of the woods" here in southeastern Minnesota. (The latter of the two being more fascinating, not only because it dealt specifically with the line that came to my hometown, but was also where I learned that the Caledonia, Mississippi & Western was one of two 3' narrow gauge lines in the state of Minnesota (the other was a line near Zumbrota).)
dhaugh wrote: They don't go cheap, esp once they're out of print - $40-50 new, and I've seen the CGW one going for over $100 on ebay.Last time I did a search for Dreams, Disaster & Demise, it was around $300. Definately a resource I want in my reference library, but, at that price, it will be a while before I buy it.