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Old 02-22-2014, 08:48 PM   #1
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Default Book review: A Year on the Lycoming Valley

I figured I would share my review here. I don't purchase a lot of books, and those specifically tailored to modern shortline railroading are in relative short supply. I recently purchased "A Year on the Lycoming Valley" by Mike Zollitsch. Hardback, large format 10" x 12" all color. It is a pictorial history of the year 2009 on the Lycoming Valley shortline. This is the operation in PA with the GP35Rs repainted into the Reading "Bee Line" scheme, among other first generation EMD power in predecessor inspired schemes.

The book is not really an operational book on "how to fan" the line or an encyclopedia of its history and predecessors. Rather, a photo documentation of how the line evolved over the course of a year (including repaint of the Bees) during the beginning of the Marcellus Shale boom. I found it very unique in that sense, because many railroad books can be lumped into those first two categories.

That said, you can easily get a good idea of the line's operations through the photo descriptions. Photos are a great mix of lineside and "from the cab" angles, as the author is also an employee.

The book itself is a nice, sturdy 160-page hardback produced in the USA by Paulhamus Litho in Montoursville, PA. Photo quality, formatting, and all other technical aspects of the book are very good. I think this is about as good as it gets for a smaller release book not produced by one of the bigger name publishers.

Here is the site for the book if anyone is interested in exploring a bit further:

I'm not sure if Mr. Zollitsch is a member here or not, but if so, nice job! Feel free to comment if you are.
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