This deluxe narrow gauge volume traces the amazing story of this three foot gauge railroad that ran through the heart of the great American Basin Built to carry the commerce of rich silver and gold strikes, the Nevada Central struggled against tremendous odds for six decades.Often called a line in the sand, the 93 mile long rail route ran between Battle Mountain, where it connected with the Central Pacific, in a southwesterly direction to Austin, Nevada Most of the rail was 35 iron the struggling railroad line crossed 66 timber trestles between its end points The railroad began construction in 1879 to help open up the vast and virtually unpopulated area of the Silver State Running through some of the most barren and remote high desert sagebrush and mountain country in the West, the Nevada Central rolled down through the years with much of its original equipment, mainly because it could never afford to purchase anything newer.The line was finally abandoned in December of 1937 and was sold for scrap the next year The narrow gauge equipment that forms a major part of the California State Railroad Museum collection came from the Nevada Central In 1938, the late Disney artist Ward Kimball purchased the Nevada Centrals 1881 built 2 Mogul for 400 The former Sidney Dillon was transported to the orange grove where Ward and his wife, Betty, were building a new home The locomotive joined a former Carson s railroad collection started to grow.For author Ferrell, a former combat fighter pilot, this is his 20th book about railroads He has been called the best loved narrow gauge railroad author in the United States The Virginia native has authored hundreds of railroad articles and won dozens of awards with his exquisite models Ferrells picture collections of railroads and the Old West number well over 150,000 prints Ferrell says his research on his latest book included mixing with cowboys, sheepmen, ranchers and thirsty miners at Austins Nevada Golden Club Saloon, and listening to their stories of the real Old West....
|Title||:||Nevada Central: Sagebrush Narrow Gauge|
|Publisher||:||Heimburger House Publishing Co 1st edition June 2010|
|Number of Pages||:||204 pages|
|File Size||:||960 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Nevada Central: Sagebrush Narrow Gauge Reviews
This little-known (or little-recognized) railroad kept its' antique equipment to the end; Mallory explains how and why the Nevada Central supplied the core equipment for more than one well-known railroad museum. A very interesting read, Ferrell's usual slick presentation. I highly recommend it.
A good history of a little line that probably lasted a lot longer than it should have. An amazing number of good photographs for the time and such an isolated area. Enjoyed it!
Very, very informative as all of Ferrell's books are. Anyone that is a narrow gauge student must have this book in their library.
Very comprehensive history of the Nevada Central and the Austin City Railway. This book fills in a gap that has existed in Nevada railroad history.
Great book. Many, many clear photos with a strong text and identifying photo captions. Well organized with a lot of previously unpublished information.