The Tarheel Press           
If Rails Could Talk- Volume IV
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              Highlights include:
       
- Protected Spiral-bound Cover

- Landscape orientation for superb photo
          reproduction

- Nearly 75 B/W, color photos & maps

- 129 pp printed on 100-lb glossy stock

- Detailed rosters of all presented
          companies

- The culmination of decades of research
           by Ron Sullivan, assisted by logging
           railroad historian Gerald
           Ledford.

                     
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      Volume 4 of “If Rails Could Talk…” is the fourth of a
planned eight volume series about the railroad logging along
the Blue Ridge and adjoining Smoky Mountains. In volume 4,
there are the stories of the  logging railroads that ran from
Waynesville, NC;  Band Mill Bottom, through Dellwood, and
Maggie Valley. 

      Waynesville is the story of the final attempt by Suncrest
Lumber Company to log the Cataloochee Boundary of timber.
For 25 years, the Cataloochee lands had been just out of reach
geographically to 4 lumber companies. The book contains
many photographs, some printed for the first time. It also
contains track maps of all of the railroad grades, with
accompanying aerial photographs of the same areas. Author
Ron Sullivan, his wife Marilyn, and hiking partner / editor 
Jerry Ledford spent many days hiking the old grades, most of
them off of established trails and roads. Ron used a GPS to
trace the rail grades and transfer them to USGS topographic
maps.

      Also featured is the story of the court battles between
Suncrest Lumber Company,  Champion Fibre, the North
Carolina Park Commission, and the beginnings of the Great
Smoky Mountain National Park.

This book contains locomotive roster information for
all of the companies. These rosters were carefully researched
and prepared by Thomas Lawson, one of the most
knowledgeable persons in the field.
The book is spiral bound so that readers can fully
appreciate the maps and the photos. It is printed on 100 pound
gloss paper, so it has the feel and look of a much more
expensive book. It also features a clear cover and a plastic
composition backing.
Students and fans of early day railroad logging along
Southern Railway’s Murphy Branch in western North Carolina
and the Great Smokies will want to add this volume to their
libraries.
knowledgeable persons in the field. 

Students and fans of early day railroad logging in
western North Carolina and the Great Smokies will want to
add this volume to their libraries.