The Steam and Diesel Era
in Wheeling, West Virginia

By Nicholas Fry, Gregory Smith and Elizabeth Davis-Young  


The Steam and Diesel Era in Wheeling, West Virginia

For nearly 70 years, John J. Young Jr. photographed railroads. With unparalleled scope and span, he documented the impact and beauty of railways in American life from 1936 to 2004. As a child during the Great Depression, Young began to photograph railroads in Wheeling, West Virginia. This book collects more than 150 of those images—some unpublished until now—documenting the railroads of Wheeling and the surrounding area from the 1930s until the 1960s.

The photographs within this book highlight the major railroads of Wheeling: the Baltimore & Ohio, the Pennsylvania, the Wheeling & Lake Erie, the Pittsburgh & West Virginia, the New York Central and the industrial and interurban rail lines that crisscrossed the region. These images capture the facinating activities of trains that carried passengers and freight to and from the city and its industries, as well as more unusual traffic, such as a circus-advertising car, the General Motors Train of Tomorrow and the 1947 American Freedom Train. Hardcover, 10 1/2 x 8 1/2”, 256 pages, 178 black and white photos.

ISBN: 978-1-943665-03-7

Price: $44.99

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