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March 23rd, 2018, 8:27 am #11

I received my copy of the book yesterday from Ron's Books. Except for a few caption mistakes, the book is excellent & the photos by T.J. Donahue are the greatest. 

John Kasey
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March 23rd, 2018, 8:51 am #12

Mine arrived yesterday as well.  A wonderful addition to my NH library!!

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March 26th, 2018, 10:22 pm #13

mine also arrived on Friday from Ron's books             Stan Trask
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April 3rd, 2018, 8:24 am #14

After having spent some time with this new book, I feel it is a noble effort. While, understandably, some of Mr. Donahue's more memorable photos have been printed in previous books, many are, at least for me, new discoveries. I feel Geoff Doughty has done a credible job in assembling a solid portfolio of this  exceptional photographer's work. We can be grateful to him for having captured as much as he did, and in color, during New Haven's postwar era.


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April 4th, 2018, 5:18 pm #15

This is a very good collection of Donahue photos, a number of which I have never seen.
 
As usual, a few stand out because they “Tell a story.”  Two examples:

1.       Page 15.  What on earth passenger special on the Naugatuck would have had 8 cars powered by one of the 1000-hp RS-1s,  which were notorious for being unable to “get out of their own way” with a lighter train?

2.       My favorite, page 47.  What the hell passenger meet is taking place at Branchville?   Neither train is a special, and there were no timetable meets at Branchville  in the modern era, if ever.  But here’s my version of the story:  six mornings a week #141 met #140 at Bethel Lower siding at 10:08 (in the 1950’s).  However, this morning #140 was evidently running quite late, and the dispatcher used his head and decided not to hold up #141 unreasonably at Bethel  Lower, so he issued orders to annul that meet and order a new meet at Branchvlle, where #141 was due  at 10:22.  If I’m right, that is #141 in the siding and #140 with the FL9s.  #140 would normally have stopped at Branchville at 9:56 so we can see it’s nearly a half hour late.  Those FL9s are new to service on the  Berkshire at this time, mid 1959; and trains #140-143 were one of the first jobs where they were routinely used up there.  We can’t see the power on #141 but I would bet it’s an EP-3.
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April 6th, 2018, 4:53 pm #16

Any photos of the Berkshire Line in the book?  Not sure if Tom photographed this part of the New Haven.  Thanks.
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April 7th, 2018, 1:40 pm #17

kcur8722 wrote: Any photos of the Berkshire Line in the book?  Not sure if Tom photographed this part of the New Haven.  Thanks.
Oddly enough Tom Donahue didn't photograph the Berkshire.  In fact it's really odd in view of something he told me himself once:  early in his towerman career he did some time as the night operator at Berkshire Jct.  He said, the thing he remembered most about that time was that he would block trains with Tower 57 on the Boston & Albany, which is 87 miles.  He said it was amazing to conceive of a single manual block so long.

He's not the only noted NH photographer who appeared to totally ignore one route: as curator and custodian of the NHRHTA Tom McNamara slide collection  I can tell you that Tom apparently never photographed the Naugatuck!!  Also kind of odd considering he lived not very far from there
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April 15th, 2018, 8:32 am #18

My copy finally arrived from Walthers at my local brick and mortar hobby shop.
The pictures of Cedar Hill area are outstanding!
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May 4th, 2018, 9:36 pm #19

Very interested in this book, any pictures taken in Rhode Island? Thanks for the scoop
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May 5th, 2018, 8:36 am #20

There is at least 2 pictures taken in Rhode Island, the majority of the pictures are taken in Connecticut and along the Maybrook line.

 Bill 
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