New York Central System Historical Society announces another great book about
one of the NYC railroads.
HOJACK is the definitive story of the historic and
surviving contemporary lines of the Rome, Watertown & Ogdensburg Railroad
and – after its 1891 acquisition by the New York Central & Hudson River
Railroad – the RW&O Division. The word Hojack is a term of endearment
that has always meant the RW&O railroad past, and even present lines.
height, the RW&O Division was comprised of just over 700 miles of trackage,
which spanned the length and breadth of upstate New York. The RW&O railroad
and division extended from the Adirondacks to the Niagara Escarpment, and from
the Mohawk River Valley to the St. Lawrence River and on into Canada via
Massena. The RW&O was a diversified railroad whose far-flung territory
produced shipments of everything from apples to forest products to paper and
Hematite ore. Over time, the railroad transitioned from early to more modern
steam locomotives, which eventually gave way to the Diesel era. The railroad
changed as well. Not just from the RW&O to the NYC&HR, but to the (new)
New York Central Railroad and on to the Penn Central, Conrail, and CSX eras.
HOJACK would not be a complete work if it did not also explore the
shortline railroads that developed because of the emergence of the RW&O as
a through trunk railroad. Shortlines, such as the Lowville & Beaver River,
the Massena Terminal, and the Norwood & St. Lawrence – just to name a few –
are also thoroughly presented historically and contemporarily in HOJACK.
To satisfactorily present all of this, HOJACK is
composed of 12 chapters, totaling 736 pages, upon which are displayed 1,297
images – maps, black and white photographs, color photographs, drawings, and
ephemera. Because of this, Authors Peter Gores and John Taibi, along with the
assistance of David Link and Richard Palmer can authoritatively proclaim that HOJACK
is a complete work regarding its presentation of historic fact and current
presence supported by the above imagery.
time, the authors have produced over 55 books dealing with railroading’s
history, mostly within New York State. We know what makes a book interesting
and informative. HOJACK does this as well.
(US Orders Only)
MSRP $132.95 (Including Shipping and Handling) NYCSHS Members' Price $109.96 (Including Shipping and Handling) and that is 20% off MSRP!
Delivered Price Including Shipping and Handling!!!!!
the book Saturday. I could not resist looking it over on Sat/Sun. This
is likely John Taibi's finest work to date what with all the images,
the superbly detailed maps, and the National Archives additions. The
Society should feel quite proud to have supported this project. It is a
solid credit to the compilation of its work. Great job.
NYCSHS has scored again. The Hojack is destined to be an instant classic. If you don't buy one you will be sorry when it goes out of print. It is a monumental triumph on the level of but nevertheless exceeded by Know Thy Hudsons. If you don't buy a copy you will have no one to blame but yourself when it goes out of print. One would hope that the NYCSHS will not print a second edition. Kidos to NYCSHS!!! Hugh