If you are looking for a book highlighting the general history of the B&O this one is not it (a good book on that subject, however, is Baltimore & Ohio Railroad by by Kirk Reynolds
and Dave Oroszi). In any event, Mr. Mainey's book begins with a few
introductions and opening statements. The first discusses how the book
came together and the author's time working for the B&O during the
1950s and 1960s. He also mentions how he finally decided to put
together an entire book covering B&O steam. Perhaps the most
interesting section here is the the introduction to B&O steam
locomotives. It is here where you will first learn about the different
classes of such and their particular wheel arrangements. It is a full
two pages in length and quite detailed.
The first class Baltimore And Ohio Steam In Color
covers is, naturally, the smallest; switchers of Class C, D and L. In
total, the B&O owned three different wheel arrangements here
including 0-4-0Ts, 0-6-0s, and 0-8-0s. Throughout the book Mr. Mainey
does not offer a lot of text, instead letting the images do the
"speaking" and providing detailed captions of each. However, he does
discuss where the B&O's switchers could typically be found in
service, usually for industrial and yard duty. The second steamers
featured were the B&O's 2-8-0 Consolidations, Class E. Overall, the
railroad had five different classes of these locomotives some of which
interestingly were created from former 0-8-0s. In these opening
"chapters" you quickly see the superb photography featured throughout the book.
Some of the noted photographers whose work is presented includes Bill
Ellis, Lawson Hill, Emery Gulash, Robert Collins, J.J. Young, Don Ball,
and Mr. Mainey's own collection. The B&O's 2-8-2 Mikados, Class Q, is one of the more prominently featured locomotives in the book
due to their extensive use by the railroad in general freight
applications during the early 20th century (and really right through the
end of steam operations). Overall, the company fleeted nine different
classes or subclasses of 2-8-2s. Next up are the large 2-10-2 Class
S-1s, better known by train crews and railfans as "Big Sixes". These
heavy steamers could typically be found in service in the Midwest along
the Akron, Chicago, and Toledo divisions (per Dave's writing). There is
some excellent images of these steamers presented especially in helper
service through Pennsylvania.
The rest of the freight steam locomotives highlighted were the
largest the Baltimore & Ohio ever owned including Class EL
2-8-8-0s, Class KK 2-6-6-2s, Class EM-1 2-8-8-4s, and Class KB-1
2-6-6-4s. These massive machines could be found almost universally east
of Ohio along the B&O's steepest grades in West Virginia,
Pennsylvania, and Maryland. Naturally, the photos of these locomotives
presented are perhaps the most impressive of all in Baltimore And Ohio Steam In Color.
Some of the images capture the scene so well such as EM-1s pounding
upgrade with a freight in Pennsylvania that you can almost feel like you
are there. Two of the final sections of the book
highlight the B&O's one true passenger steamers, Class P 4-6-2
Pacifics of which the railroad owned more than a dozen different
variations, and the Class T 4-8-2 Mountains.
Through the photos it is interesting to see just how many types
of Pacifics the B&O operated from smaller models once owned by
subsidiary Buffalo, Rochester & Pittsburgh to larger designs like
the P-5s. Also featured were the beautifully streamlined Class P-7ds
used to power the Cincinnatian streamliner. These locomotives
also were adorned in a stunning royal blue livery with silver trim.
Unfortunately, the locomotives saw a relatively short lifespan and were
scrapped after less than a decade of service. Finally, Mr. Mainey
briefly covers the experimental Class N 4-4-4-4 Duplex. This locomotive
was meant to be the latest steam locomotive to power the B&O's
passenger trains but ultimately proved unsuccessfully, especially after
diesel were shown to be far more efficient.
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