From Main Lines to Logging Lines : West Coast Steam Railroading in the 1950s
by Charles H. Givens
What heady times existed for the railfan in the early 1950s. Steam
was still king (although diesels were making their presence felt), short
lines abounded, and there were still important logging lines feeding the
Northwest mainlines. Even the SP narrow gauge was busy.
Come ride with us now as we share Charles Givens’s 1950s pilgrimage
to these citadels of steam railroading, from the mighty SP and Santa Fe
to the always-runner-up WP, to the Georgia Pacific and the Arcata and
Mad River, and many other stops that help us realize what railroading
was like to the young fan of the day. Were that we could have been there
8½x11 library bound, 128 pages with 223 color and 10 black & white
photos (81 of the color photos are of the SP).