Missouri Pacific's Steam to Diesel Era: 1945-1955
Missouri Pacific's Steam to Diesel Era: 1945-1955 is an account of the decade in which the Missouri Pacific Railroad and its International-Great Northern and Gulf Coast Line subsidiaries made the transition from steam to internal combustion motive power. In a year-by-year review, noted steam authority Lloyd E. Stagner examines why and how the Missouri Pacific implemented dieselization along 9,871 miles of track once operated by the carrier across 12 midwestern and southern states. Included are many photos of MoPac steam and diesel power in service during this dramatic period of change for America's railroad industry, as well as information on each type of Missouri Pacific steam and diesel locomotive in service during this time.
Praise for this book:
"While the topic might not be of broad interest, there is enough information summarized here to give a good feeling of the motive power changes that took place during the steam to diesel transition. As the number of persons dwindles who saw that transition first-hand, books like this help others understand a significant era of rail history on a railroad large enough to represent the industry."
-- Richard G. Prince,