THE COLUMBIA BRANCH RAILROAD
A Chronological Headline to Headline
History of the Short Line Railroad from
Centralia, Missouri to Columbia, Missouri
Part One: A chronological history (1836-2011)
Part Two: A mile post to mile post photographic tour
Cover: Hardback: 8.75 X 11.25 (Binds on the 11.25 side)
Cover: GP9 Wabash #491(Cover photo by Frank G.Tatnall)
Size: 384 pages (Color and B/W) Over 1000 images!
Publisher: HAGR Publishing
Author: Marty Paten
Did you know that decades ago the 21.7 mile Columbia Branch Railroad was one of the busiest branch railroads in the mid-west? At one time up to eight trains per day ran on this short line railroad, which served one University, two colleges and hundreds of businesses. From its initial construction in 1866, to the present, the Columbia Branch has accumulated nearly a century and a half of unusual and fascinating history.
The book covers the history of the Columbia Branch from 1836 to 2011. The reader will discover the people and events that made this a unique and successful branch railroad through the era’s of many railroad companies such as the North Missouri Railroad; the St. Louis, Kansas City & Northern Railroad; Wabash, St. Louis & Pacific Railroad; Wabash Railroad; Norfolk & Western Railway; Norfolk Southern Railroad and the current Columbia Terminal Railroad.
The book also contains over 1000 images that includes maps, documents, diagrams, and hundreds of photo’s of locomotives, trains, depots, and structures related to the Columbia Branch.
Besides extraordinary railroad related history, including information on over 300 significant accidents, the book also includes stories on a fascinating range of topics and events involving the Civil War, the Centralia Massacre, Jesse James, Sasquatch (Bigfoot), murders, ghosts, sabotage, disputes, arson, bank robberies, a gold mine, baptisms, hobo conventions and much more. The book also includes special sidebars with headings such as, “Did you know?”, “I remember”, “As a matter of fact”, and “What is it?” Part Two of the book takes the reader on a photographic journey down the line using the 1919 Wabash Railroad station and right-of-way maps as a technical guide. Included in this section are “Flashback” photos of old trestles and structures.
With over 1000 images this beautiful hardback book of 384 pages is an extraordinary value at $39.95.
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DID JESSE JAMES ROB A COLUMBIA BRANCH TRAIN?
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