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TRANSPORTATION


RAILROADS


Remembering the New York, Ontario & Western Railway
Oswego to Sidney and Branches

John Taibi
416 pages, 400+ illustrations, 8.5 x 11, 2005
49.00 signed, limited edition hardcover 32.00 paperback
A Purple Mountain Press original
This is an historical and personal account of the O&W's Northern Division. Built as a part of the New York & Oswego Midland Railroad during 1869-70, this portion of the New York, Ontario & Western Railway meandered from one small community to another, those villages embracing the personality and charm of the country railroad they helped to build. Exacting history and personal remembrances are the forte of this latest volume to deal with the lore of the Old & Weary. This is John Taibi's sixth book to perpetuate the memory of the NYO&WRy.



Mountain Railroads of New York State, Volume 1:
Where Did the Tracks Go in the Western Adirondacks?

Michael Kudish
263 pages, 100+ maps and illustrations, 8.5 x 11, 2005
25.00 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press original
The first of four volumes to trace all of the railroad grades, existing or abandoned, in the Adirondack and Catskill Mountains. It expands on the information published in Railroads of the Adirondacks: A History (Purple Mountain Press, 1996) with 20-25 percent more text and maps.







Mountain Railroads of New York State, Volume 2:
Where Did the Tracks Go in the Central Adirondacks?

Michael Kudish
304 pages, illus., 163 maps, 8.5 x 11, 2007
$25.00 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press original
Volume 2 includes railroads which diverged from the New York Central Main Line into the Adirondacks from the south, concentrating on the Adirondack Division, its branches, and its connecting shortlines. A large section is devoted to the Adirondack Scenic Railway.


A LIST OF ALL RAIL LINES COVERED IN VOLUMES 1, 2 AND 3




Mountain Railroads of New York State, Volume 3:
Where Did the Tracks Go in the Eastern Adirondacks?

Michael Kudish
336 pages, illus., 190 maps, 8.5 x 11, 2007
$25.00 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press original
Volume 3 follows the Delaware & Hudson from Whitehall to the Canadian border. All its branches and connecting lines are described.













The Ulster and Delaware:
Railroad Through the Catskills

Gerald M. Best
210 pages, 320 illustratioms, 8.5 x 11, 2000, reprint
65.00 hardcover--A Purple Mountain Press reprint co-published with Golden West Books
The only history of the important line from Kingston to Oneonta that opened the central Catskills to tourism.









Bridging the Hudson:
The Poughkeepsie Railroad Bridge and Its Connecting Rail Lines, A Many-Faceted History

Carleton Mabee
296 pages, illustrated, 8.5 x 11, 2001; reprinted 2006
24.00 paperback----A Purple Mountain Press original
The Poughkeepsie Railroad Bridge was the first bridge of any kind to be built over the Hudson between New York and Albany, and this book, by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Carleton Mabee, is the first comprehensive history of the bridge and the rail lines it served.









Twenty-five Years on the ND&C
A History of the Newburgh, Dutchess & Connecticut Railroad

Bernard L. Rudberg
207 pages, illustrated, 8.5 x 11, 2002
22.50 paperback The ND&C was the first railroad to run east and west across Dutchess County. Surviving record books provide an intimate glimpse of this early enterprise.


Pioneer American Railroads:
The Mohawk and Hudson & The Saratoga and Schenectady

F. Daniel Larkin
96 pages, illustrated, 8.5 x 11, 1995, first edition
25.00 hardcover--A Purple Mountain Press original
These were the first two railroads in New York State and the third and fourth in the country to successfully utilize locomotive power in their regular operations. This is the story of their operations, organization and innovations. There is also a chapter on the Buffalo Railroad.




The Railroad Switching Terminal at Maybrook, New York:
Gateway to the East

Marc Newman
85 pages, illustrated, 8.5 x 11, 2006, first edition
12.50 hardcover--A Purple Mountain Press original
The huge rail center at Maybrook was the largest railroad terminal in the East. Started in 1910, it supported the 1200 residents of Maybrook, New York, until 1974. It employed as many as 1500. More than 100 vintage photos and plans.

TROLLEYS

Trolleys to Glen Haven
Charles R. Lowe
53 pages, illustrated, 8.5 x 11, 2000, index, first edition
12.50 booklet--A Purple Mountain Press original
The Glen Haven line connected downtown Rochester with the Glen Haven resort and amusement park area at Glen Haven on Irondequoit Bay.

Trolley Trips Through the Hudson Valley, 1911
The Trolley Press
24 pages, illustrated, 5.5 x 8.5, 1911, reprint, 2nd printing
6.00 booklet--A Purple Mountain Press reprint
A guide to the maze of interurban trolley lines that once linked communities in the upper Hudson Valley from the City of Hudson north to Warrensburg or northwest to Sacandaga Lake.

Uptown--Downtown; Horsecars--Trolley Cars
Urban Transportation in Kingston, New York, 1866-1930

Glendon L. Moffet
152 pages, illustrated, 6 x 9, index, 1997, first edition
12.50 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press original
Horsecars replaced omnibuses in the 1860s and were, in turn, replaced by electric trolleys, but few communities saw such bitter rivalry between two competing trolley lines as did Kingston.

MARITIME




Always on Station
The Story of the Sandy Hook Pilots

Francis J. Duffy
79 pages, illustrated, 7 x 10, 2004
17.50 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press original
There are few organizations in this country that can trace their founding to more than three hundred years ago as the Sandy Hook Pilots can. Their logo carries the date 1694. They served under two national flags: British and American. Over the centuries, the pilots have weathered many changes, but the United New York and New Jersey Sandy Hook Pilots Benevolent Association is still safely guiding ships across the bar as they enter and leave the Port of New York and New Jersey.


Death Passage on the Hudson:
The Wreck of the Henry Clay

Kris A. Hansen
208 pages, illustrated, 7 x 10, 2004
18.00 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press original
It was called a race by some while others denied the accusations. Whatever the truth, the steamboat Henry Clay burned on the shore of the Hudson River at Riverdale taking dozens of innocent lives. Death Passage on the Hudson: The Wreck of the Henry Clay chronicles the catastrophic events that occurred on that July day in 1852 along with its devastating aftermath.






Sails and Steam in the Mountains:
A Maritime and Military History of Lake George and Lake Champlain

Russell R. Bellico
396 pages, illustrated, 7 x 10, 2001, revised edition
29.00 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press original.
From the French and Indian Wars to the steamboat era, this is the first new history of the two lakes in over 30 years and covers all of the recent underwater finds.






The Old Skillypot and Other Ferryboats of Rondout, Kingston, and Rhinecliff
Glendon L. Moffet
127 pages, illustrated, 6 x 9, index, 1997, first edition
12.50 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press original
Ferries plied between Kingston-Rondout and what is now Rhinecliff from the earliest times. They also ferried passengers and freight across and along Rondout Creek. This is the story of the rise and fall of those ferries, including the popular Skillypot.

Queen of Sea Routes:
The Merchants and Miners Transportation Company

Edward A. Mueller
185 pages, illustrated, 8.5 x 11, 2000
37.50 hardcover--a Purple Mountain Press original co-published with the Steamship Historical Society of America (SSHSA)
Passenger and freight ships from this line steamed into East Coast ports for a hundred years beginning in 1852.

SS Independence SS Constitution:
Great American Ocean Liners

William H. Miller
116 pages, illustrated, 8.5 x 11, 2001
22.50 paperback--a Purple Mountain Press original co-published with the Steamship Historical Society of America (SSHSA)
The story of the two beloved liners that were built 50 years ago by American Export Lines. The Independence still sails proudly for American Hawaii Cruises.

The Savannah Line
The Ocean Steamship Company of Savannah

Edward A. Mueller
327 pages, illustrated, 8.5 x 11, fleet list, 2000
60.00 author-signed hardcover
29.50 paperback--a Purple Mountain Press original co-published with the Steamship Historical Society of America (SSHSA)
The Savannah Line was chartered in 1872 to operate passenger and cargo steamships between Savannah and New York. A subsidiary of the Central Georgia Railway, the company was to provide a major travel link over the next 70 years moving agricultural products, principally cotton, from Georgia and Alabama to New York and Boston.

CANALS



A Link in the Great Chain:
A History of Chemung Canal

Gary Emerson
100 pages, illustrated, 7 x 10, 2005
12.50 paperback
Co-published with the Chemung County Historical Society, this is the only history of the canal that linked Elmira and vicinity to the Erie and New York's great chain of canals from 1833 to 1878.








Life on a Canal Boat: The Journals of Theodore D. Bartley, 1861-1889
Russell P. Bellico, editor
Preface and postscript by Arthur B. Cohn, Director, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum
Transcribed from Bartley's 1500 pages of diary by Barbara B. Bartley
320 pages, 175 illustrations, 7 x 10, 2004
22.50 paperback
Co-published by the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum and Purple Mountain Press provides an extraordinary window into the largely forgotten world of the canal boat era. This 29-year record begins in 1861 with Bartley's purchase of a new sailing canal boat in Whitehall, NY, and traces his adventures with his wife and son aboard two additional canal boats on the canals and waterways of the Northeast. His daily entries and observations are one of the best records ever found of life onboard a canal boat.




New York State Canals:
A Short History

F. Daniel Larkin
104 pages, illustrated, 5.5 x 8.5, 1998, second printing
12.00 paperback--a Purple Mountain Press original
This accessible history is the first treatment of all of the state's canals in more than 90 years. F. Daniel Larkin is a SUNY Oneonta professor and the author of Pioneer American Railroads: The Mowhawk and Hudson & The Saratoga and Schenectady, published by Purple Mountain Press and a biography of engineering genius John B. Jervis.



A Long Haul:
The Story of the New York State Barge Canal

Michele A. McFee
221 pages, illustrated, 8.5 x 11, 1998, first edition
25.00 paperback--a Purple Mountain Press original.
This is the first history of the modern canal, which replaced the Erie in 1918 to allow the passage of 300-ton barges. It is illustrated with more than 130 exceptional photographs from state archives and will stand as the definitive history of this engineering wonder. Michele McFee is also the author of Limestone Locks and Overgrowth:The Rise and Descent of the Chenango Canal.

Limestone Locks and Overgrowth:
The Rise and Descent of the Chenango Canal

Michele A. McFee
240 pages, 200 illustrations, 7 x 10, 1993, second printing
25.00 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press original.
The Chenango Canal, a lateral canal of the very successful Erie, connected Utica and Binghamton between 1837 and 1878, brought prosperity to numerous towns along its path and was an engineering success story. This is the only book in print on this subject. NOTE: This book is out of print, however, bookstore returns (may show shelfwear) are available.


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