The Tarheel Press
If Rails Could Talk- Volume IV
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- Protected Spiral-bound Cover
- Landscape orientation for superb photo
- Nearly 75 B/W, color photos & maps
- 129 pp printed on 100-lb glossy stock
- Detailed rosters of all presented
- The culmination of decades of research
by Ron Sullivan, assisted by logging
railroad historian Gerald
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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 timberlands. For 25 years, the Cataloochee lands had been just out of reach geographically to 4 lumber companies.
The book contains many photographs, some appearing in print for the first time. It also contains beautifully colored topographical maps of all of the railroad grades, those built and those that were planned but never built.
Ron Sullivan and his wife Marilyn hiked most of the abandoned railroad grades out of these areas. Co-author Gerald Ledford joined them on many of the hikes as well. Ron mapped all of the grades using a GPS device and drew most of the maps included in the book. The book contains sections of historical maps long buried in archives that most readers will appreciate.
Co-authors Gerald Ledford and Ron Sullivan spent many hours in courthouses and archives researching both areas. Gerald Ledford had previously interviewed a few of the veterans of both logging operations several decades ago. He also had 2 great uncles who worked in the sawmill at Ravensford. Ledford was the source for many of the photographs.
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 and features a clear cover with 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.