Delaware & Hudson - in Print

There are many excellent publications dealing with the Delaware and Hudson and all of its various endeavors throughout the years. Here is a brief listing of those books in and out of print.  Please be patient as this page may load slowly due to the number of graphics.  Please direct any questions or comments to John A. Shaw

Please check with BLHS member Leonard Kilian of Eleskay Booksellers for the availability of any of the following publications. He can be reached at:

Eleskay Booksellers
Box 175
Rotterdam Junction, NY 12150
(518) 887-5244

Another source for old railroad books:

Railpub is a dealer in back issue rail magazines, probably the largest on the internet, with 300 + titles currently in stock. We also have over 2000 used rail books available. Typically, a fair number of these are related to the D&H, Rutland, NYC, CN and other associated railroads, as well as ALCo, the coal industry and Hudson Valley history and commerce.

Cover Roads, Rivers & Rails  Roads, Rivers, and Rails
The Delaware & Hudson's Susquehanna Divsion Heritage Trail
Volume I - Albany/Schenectady to Oneonta
by John Taibi

Published by Depot Square Publishing.© 2012 238pp ISBN-10: 0965136477

The earliest explorers and settlers in central New York first used ancient Indian trails to enter the region. Over time, primitive dirt roads, plank roads, and turnpikes and the navigable portions of the Susquehanna River and its tributaries greatly aided expansion into the lands southwest of Albany. Eventually, the broad gauge Albany & Susquehanna Railroad - a predecessor of the powerful, renowned Delaware & Hudson Railroad - formed what would be regarded as the ultimate link in the transportation system that connected Albany with Binghamton. In accelerating community growth, the railroad spurred the development and facilitated the growth of local industry - limestone and cement, dairy and agriculture, and the manufacturing of tools, wagons, wood products, and machinery. In his inimitable style, Mr. Taibi engages the reader on a point-to-point tour, weaving an entertaining story around how these three phases of passage - the Roads, Rivers, and Rails - created lifelines for the interior towns. This book contains more than 500 color, sepia, and black & white illustrations - from vintage stereoviews of A&S/D&H operations to 2011 color photographs of current owner Canadian Pacific Rail with Norfolk Southern operations via trackage rights. Early D&H steam and the most modern diesels - AC4400CW, SD60, SD90, ES44AC, C40-9W, and ES40DC - are shown at various locations. Union Pacific run-through power is also included. Among those places visited in this first installment of Roads, Rivers, and Rails, are Voorheesville, Altamont, Delanson, Cobleskill, Richmondville, Worcester, Schenevus, and Oneonta. Volume II will begin the story anew at Oneonta and continue on to Otego, Unadilla, Sidney, Bainbridge, Afton, and Nineveh - concluding at the "Parlor City," Binghamton. 238 pages, 523 illustrations (over 200 in color), maps, blueprints, bibliography, complete index. Oblong hardcover. Gloss film lamination. Printed on American-produced 80# gloss enamel paper."

D&H In Color Volume 4Delaware and Hudson
In Color - Volume 4

The Final Years 1976-1991
By Tom Seaman
Published by Morning Sun Books, Inc.© 2010 128pp .ISBN-10: 1582482934

When most bankrupt Northeast railroads were united into one company, Conrail, the USRA was aware that the region needed some competition for 'Big Blue.' The only independent railroad ready to take up the challenge of expanding into Conrail's territory was the fabled Delaware & Hudson. Follow its struggles to compete in this new environment from 1976 until it too was caught up in the financial malaise and vanished in 1991.

Images of Rail - Delaware and Hudson RailwayImages of Rail
Delaware and Hudson Railway
by Marilyn E. Dufresne
Published by Arcadia Publishing © 2010, 128pp ISBN 978-0-7385-7390-8

The Delaware and Hudson Railway has a grand and glorious history that began in the coal mines of Pennsylvania. The Delaware and Hudson Canal; Gravity Railroad; the Stourbridge Lion, the first locomotive in America in 1829; and the Albany and Susquehanna Railroad provided the necessary stepping stones for successfully transporting anthracite by rail to New York State. In 1906, the massive roundhouse was built in Oneonta during the glory days of steam power, and in 1931, the company became known as the Delaware and Hudson Railway. Today the railroad serves as a "bridge line," providing an important link in moving heavy freight. Delaware and Hudson Railway enlightens rail fans with historic photographs and rekindles the nostalgia for the great railroad era.

Delaware and Hudson
In Color - Volume 3

The D&H in the Diesel Years

by Jeremy F. Plant and Jeffrey G. Plant.

Published by Morning Sun Books, Inc.© 2004 128pp .ISBN 1-58248-128-8

Organized by geography, starting at the northern end of the railroad in Canada and ending up at the southern end of the line in northeastern Pennsylvania. The authors stick to the 744 mile system the D&H operated before 1976, with only a few diversion to add to the story of the railroad between the 1950's and the beginning of the Guilford era in 1984.

Delaware & Hudson
Passenger Trains
The Final Decade

by Doug Lezette
76 pages, soft cover.
A limited-edition book with more than 150 color photos. High gloss, heavyweight paper.

Review by Otto Vondrak

I often find myself browsing various railroad books on subjects where I have a passing interest, and wouldn't mind learning a little more. Since I am not familiar with the subject matter first-hand, will the book be of value to me years down the road? With this particular book, there was little question! The publishers of Railroad Explorer Book Cover have brought forth an amazing offering for both the Delaware & Hudson fan and the passenger train fan. Carefully authored by Doug Lezette, Delaware & Hudson Passenger Trains: The Final Decade is a well-detailed account of the late streamliner era on The Bridge Line. If you enjoy passenger trains, you are probably interested in the era leading up to the formation of Amtrak. In a time when most railroads could not wait to escape the burden of providing passenger service, the Delaware & Hudson was looking to improve their existing trains and entice more people to ride.

Photo For years, D&H trains were a simple mix of everyday heavyweights with streamlined parlors and coaches from the connecting New York Central. The new president of the D&H, Frederic "Buck" Dumaine, formerly president of the New Haven, was responsible for the major changes to come. By the late 1960s, the only remaining D&H service was between Montreal and Albany, with through connections to Grand Central Terminal. In 1967, D&H acquired several surplus streamlined cars from the Rio Grande to re-equip its Laurentian and its Montreal Limited. In late 1967 the first new equipment arrived, but continued to be pulled by the existing steam-equipped RS-2's. This certainly would not do! In December 1967, four PA-1's were purchased from the Santa Fe, plus a fifth from the New Haven that was used for parts. The famous Alco PA era on the D&H had now begun.

The Final Decade covers each era with carefully selected photos and detailed captions. Each chapter explains a period of train development along the way, from the late 1960s, through the excursion era with president Bruce Sterzing and the Sharks in the 1970s, to the rebirth of Amtrak's Adirondack in 1975, to the disposition of the equipment in 1979.

Interesting is the story of the development of the Adirondack, and D&H's prominent role in operating the train. Amtrak was so desperate for equipment and an operator that they conceded to the railroad on many points. Trains were often staffed with D&H employees in D&H uniforms. Sterzig once scrambled to staff the dining car with D&H office employees after Amtrak pulled their staff. Also noted in the infamous 1975 "Who painted the dome car?" incident. To the dismay of railfans everywhere, Amtrak re-equipped the train with Rohr turboliners before all the D&H equipment came back from rebuilding.

Sadly, not much of the trains survive today. The original Rio Grande cars were sold to Venezuela. The Adirondack cars, rebuilt with NYSDOT funds, were used on MTA commuter lines (former Penn Central Hudson and Harlem Lines) until 1984. Sadly, most of the cars were the victims of arson while in storage in Grand Central Terminal. The PA's were sold to Mexico after a brief stint as freight power, and as commuter power for MBTA. Two shells of the PA's have returned to America for cosmetic restoration.

Thirty-six individual photographers contributed to this book, including Jim Shaughnessy, Jim Odell, Jeff Martin, Gardiner Cross, Len Kilian, and Kip Grant. The author also interviewed former D&H president Bruce Sterzig; as well as Peter Dillon, one of the former dining car crewmembers. Lezette's thorough research and attention to detail in preparing this book is evident throughout, and the color reproduction is fantastic. The book is easy to read, presented in an attractive format. I personally think that the map artwork is very handsome, but I may be somewhat biased.

I learned so much from this book on a subject I thought I was already pretty familiar with. This is one of the most enjoyable railfan-subject books that I have come across in a while. Whether you are just a casual fan, or you bleed blue-and-yellow, this is great book that is full of informative personal accounts and great photography that you will not want to miss.

$24.95 plus $4 S&H
Final Decade
PO Box 9069
Schenectady, NY 12309

Delaware & Hudson
Thunder & Lightning Stripes

By Jamie F.M. Sarensits
48 pages, ALL COLOR .

Now available!

Smokin' ALCO's, powerful U-boats, flashy Geeps that the D&H was famous for, all in full Color !

From Albany to Allentown and beyond, you'll see pushers on Belden, action on the Penn Division, run-through freights along the Lehigh and includes index.

This beautiful all-color book "Delaware & Hudson: Thunder & Lightning Stripes" covers the D&H from the 1970's to the 80's. Spectacular color photography in the Northeast includes places like Binghamton, Oneonta, Starrucca Viaduct, Mechanicville, Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Allentown and more!  

Classic motive power includes Delaware & Hudson Century 420's, C424's, RS3's, RS11's, RS36's, rare PA1's and Baldwin Sharks, U23B's, U30B's, U33C's, GP38-2's, GP39-2's, and more!  

$19.95 (no charge for shipping) 
PO Box 444-W
Hanover, PA 17331
The Railroad Press

Equipment of the
Delaware and Hudson Railroad 

Volume 1: Passenger Cars

48 pages Soft cover This soft cover book contains vintage photographs of passenger equipment and car rosters for the Delaware and Hudson Railroad. This book is a must for all modelers and fans of Delaware and Hudson Railroad passenger trains! Cars are shown in several different paint, striping and lettering schemes. A complete roster and index accompany crisp clear black and white photos. These vintage photographs are run large so you can see all of the details! This is the first in a series of D&H equipment.

$14.95 (+$3.00 Shipping)
Available from:
Bob's Photo
37 Spring St.
Ansonia, CT 06401
Mail-in Order Form

Delaware & Hudson STEAM
in Col or

by Chuck Yungkurth

Published by Morning Sun Books.
8˝" x 11", color, 128 pages, hardbound;

(Review by Steve Wagner)

Chuck Yungkurth's new book is a wonderful blessing to those of us who aren't old enough to remember steam locomotives on our favorite railroad. It includes a surprising variety of shots by Bob Collins and Henry Peterson, plus contributions from seventeen others.  Some of the pictures have been published before; most have not. Since all the photos are in color, nearly all date from the late 1940's to the end of D&H steam in 1953.

There are four shots of the Reading 4-8-4 that was "D&H-ified" for the 1973 Sesquicentennial.  Yungkurth, who grew up in Scranton and lived near Binghamton for decades, has included useful photos documenting both the railroad's connection with anthracite mining and some of its steam-era freight cars and cabooses that still exist.

As for geography, the Pennsylvania Division is covered particularly well, featuring pusher operation over Ararat Summit.  There are several fine scenes in and near Whitehall and at Lake George.

Yungkurth's text is as good as the photos, and I learned a great deal from it.  In my opinion, the book is worth every penny.

in the
Albany, N.Y. Gateway
with Gerrit Bruins

by Jim Odell and Len Kilian. Published by Morning Sun Books.
8˝" x 11", color, 128 pages, hardbound;

Hot on the heals of the last Morning Sun Books, Jim Odell and Len Kilian have produced a gem of a book to expand on the passenger equipment of the D&H Color Guide. The book is largely from the collection of photographs taken by Gerrit Bruins produced between the years of 1949 to 1974. Gerrit has captured many unique photographs of rare equipment around the Albany area, compiled and captioned by Jim Odell and Len Kilian, both BLHS members.

The book starts with a short biography of Gerrit's life and his desire to capture passenger trains through their golden years shortly after World War II through the creation of Amtrak.

Following the biography, the book continues with a large section on New York Central Passenger trains, then a section on the Delaware and Hudson followed by small sections on the B&M and Rutland.

D&H Color Guide
Freight and Passenger

by Jim Odell, Jeffrey Martin, Gardiner Cross and Jack Wright.
Published by Morning Sun Books, in cooperation with the BLHS

8˝" x 11", color, 128 pages, hardbound;
(Review by Steve Wagner)

This freshly-minted book is an indispensable reference for anyone interested in the freight and passenger cars used by the Delaware & Hudson from the 1950's through the 1980's. BLHS members Jim Odell, Jeffrey Martin, Gardiner Cross, and Jack Wright have performed an invaluable service by putting the book together, using slides taken by approximately fifty photographers, most of them BLHS members.

This volume provides abundant evidence of the incredible variety of painting and lettering schemes that the D&H used on its equipment. Understandably, given the book's all-color format, rolling stock painted in the 1960's and later is better represented than cars in earlier liveries. There are, for instance, no photos showing the pre-1953 pattern featuring a tiny road name just underneath the D&H reporting marks, sometimes accompanied by the small, circular ``A Century of D&H Anthracite Service'' herald. Only a few shots show the 1953 version, with a small road name and the circular Bridge Line herald. Several photos show the circular herald accompanied by the large, billboard road name; I still think the large name wasn't used until 1956, not 1953. The authors, however, have taught me a lot, notably the dates (months as well as years) in which the D&H painters started and stopped certain practices, such as painting the ends of yellow boxcars yellow instead of black. Most of the photos are so well reproduced that a fanatic can use a good magnifying glass to read a great deal of the data painted on the cars shown.

Practically every sort of steel car the D&H ever used is pictured in this book. The only exceptions I'm aware of are, as noted in the book's introduction, some passenger cars used for excursion service during the Sterzing years. Wooden passenger cars, whose further use in passenger service was forbidden in 1956, are shown only in company work train service. (Volume One of Delaware & Hudson In Color, also from Morning Sun, has several photos of wooden cars still in passenger service.) One wooden boxcar and two converted for company sand service also appear.

The one modern paint scheme I'm sorry not to find in the book is the billboard road name with double shield herald applied in yellow to 50 ft. PS-1 boxcars wholly painted – not just partially repainted – in the Nile green color the Reading had used. I saw at least one such car at Worcester, MA, in the summer of 1977; I saw at least two along the Northeast Corridor in the next year or two. They may have been among the handsomest cars the D&H ever painted, which is really saying something! I just hope I can find my notes showing the cars' numbers; I could kick myself for misplacing them!

I could also kick myself for not having sent the authors one particular slide that my wife took at the mine in Tahawus, since it shows one yellow ilmenite hopper brighter and shinier than the one shown in the book, coupled to one far dirtier than any shown there. Ilmenite is very dirty stuff. It did not, however, burn the paint off the cars that hauled it. That happened, rather, to cars that were loaded at Tahawus with freshly sintered magnetite iron ore, a useful secondary product which was indeed hot when loaded. See Richard Sanders Allen's article on the line north of North Creek, ``Better Late Than Never'', in the January 1959 issue of Trains, which was also reprinted in the June 1962 BLHS Bulletin.

Delaware & Hudson
by James Shaughnessy, 
Originally published by Howell-North Books, © 1967. L.C. 67-31427

This is the classic illustrated history of the D&H, first published in 1967. The original printing included one color photograph in addition to the frontispiece (the same painting by the late Manville B. Wakefield that graced the front of the jacket); some later printings had only the frontispiece in color. Some corrections to the locomotive rosters were made in later printings. The text was never updated and therefore doesn't go beyond 1967 - it mentions the arrival of the half-fluted streamlined passenger cars from the Rio Grande, but not the acquisition pf the PA's from the Santa Fe at the end of that year. This book has been reprinted by NY Syracuse Univ. Press in '98 and is currently available from Jim Shaughnessy (autographed)  or most booksellers like Barns & Noble or  Eleskay Booksellers.   The RUTLAND ROAD  has also been reprinted. Both books are available in Cloth bound ($69.95) and soft cover ($39.95).

Delaware & Hudson
Challengers and Northerns

by Ed Crist with John Krause
featuring photography
by Robert F. Collins & Jim Shaughnessy. 
Published by J&D Studios, Inc.©1988,
Distributed under agreement by Carstens Publications, Inc. ISBN 911868-6-2

A wide format paper back with great black and white steam locos. Many photos of the Challengers and Northerns working hard on the D&H. As far as I know, this is still in print and available from Carstens, "Railroad Model Craftsman" usually has it listed in their book section.

The Oneonta Roundhouse
by Jim Loudon 
Published by Leatherstocking Railway Historical Society and Leatherstocking Chapter, National Railway Historical Society, Oneonta, NY ©1993, 99 pages, Black & White, softbound.

History of the D&H roundhouse at Oneonta, New York. This book is an excellent source of building diagrams, track diagrams and photographs of the many stages in the life of the Oneonta Roundhouse. The book starts with the history of the Albany and Susquehanna and the site selection for the new roundhouse in the Oneonta area and progresses through the many upgrades the roundhouse saw in it's long and illustrious career on the D&H. Available through the Colorado Railroad Museum

Delaware and Hudson
In Color Volume 1

by David Sweetland  
Published by Morning Sun Books, Inc.©1992 ISBN 1-878887-10-6

This book is still in print and should be available through any good book store. Excellent for color pictures of late steam and early Diesel locomotives on the D&H. This book covers the D&H from 1946 to 1967, RS3's and RS11's are shown in the lightning-stripe scheme, but the PA's do not appear. There are more fine color photos of D&H steam in action than most of us ever suspected had been taken. Few photos of freight cars are included, but modelers can still learn a great deal from this book.

Delaware and Hudson
In Color Volume 2

by Jeremy F. Plant and Jeffery G. Plant
Published by Morning Sun Books, Inc. © 1993 ISBN 1-878887-27-0

This book picks up where the first left off. It covers the D&H from 1966 to 1984. Excellent photographs of the PA's, Sharks, and the big six axel units making their runs on the D&H. This book is still in print and should be available through any good book store.

A Decade of D&H
by Karl Zimmermann  
Published by Delford

A wide-format paperback, ably traces the road's history from the beginning of Buck Dumaine's presidency in 1967 through Bruce Sterzing's forced departure and replacement by Selig Altschul in 1977. Except for the cover, all photos are in black and white. The text is very useful.

The PA Book
by William J. Young
Published by Starrucca Valley Publications

William J. Young, a resident of Starrucca, Pa., close to the Delaware & Hudson's Pennsylvania Division, who has long been a noted railfan, photographer, and publisher, chronicled the story of the D&H's PA's from their acquisition to their rebuilding by Morrison-Knudsen and use on the Adirondack. The book is a paperback with a color photo on the cover and many fine black and white ones inside. The text is based on an essay by Karl Zimmermann.

by Norman E. Anderson and Chris MacDermott
Published by Chatham Publishing

In 1978 Norman E. Anderson of Morrison-Knudsen in Boise, Idaho, and Chris MacDermott, then the Assistant Chief Mechanical Officer for the D&H, put together PA4 Locomotive (note the omission of the usual hyphen), a hardback that combines a splendid selection of black and white photos with coverage of M-K's rebuilding of the PA's that should satisfy even the most technically sophisticated reader.

The Delaware & Hudson
Boston & Maine and
Maine Central Railroads

Before Guilford

by Preston Cook  
©1988 ISBN 88-062981

Better known as "Before Guilford", this book covers the D&H, the Boston & Maine, and Maine Central Railroads just before being acquired by Guilford. A hardbound collection of color photos, most featuring locomotives. A number of shots show power from the three roads being pooled both before and after Guilford acquired them all. This book is still in print and should be available through any good book store.

Five Years of Change

by Scott Hartley
Published by Railpace ©1989 ISBN 0-9621541-1-3

This book provides good coverage of the D&H, the Boston & Maine, and Maine Central Railroads from 1984 to 1988. The photos are mixed color and black and white covering a painful time for many fans of the D&H and the other lines taken over by GTI. This book is still in print and should be available through any good book store or model train store.

Bridge Line Blues
Delaware & Hudson

by Hal Reiser  
©1989 ISBN 87046-087-0

A thorough recent history of the D&H, roughly from the formation of Conrail to the line's bankruptcy after is was cast off by Guilford. It's in hard covers and features both color and black and white photos. The chapter on D&H diesel locomotives is truly excellent.

Steamers of the Delaware & Hudson RailroadSteamers of the Delaware & Hudson Railroad
by Tony Reznak Jr.
Published by Rezak Rail Enterprises ©1972

96 pages

Softcover book with Black and White photos from Harold K. Vollrath of some very unique locomotives on the D&H. 

Cabins, Crummies and Hacks
Vol: I North & East 

Published by H&M Productions ©1991 ISBN 0-9629037-1-X

This book has several excellent photographs of D&H Cabooses.

Cover Southern Tier Lines Southern Tier Lines
by Todd E. and John W. Humphrey,
Published by Rainy Day Books

This is a photo album, mostly in color, covering the D&H and other lines that have run trains in the last few decades in and around Binghamton. The book proves that it's possible to take excellent photos in that area in spite of its supposedly gray and rainy weather.

Where did the tracks Go in the Eastern AdirondacksVolume Three: Where did the Tracks Go in the Eastern Adirondacks?
Following Railroad Grades in the Adirondacks
by Michael Kudish  
Published by Purple Mountain Press © 2009

A mass of information on the D&H Mainline has been accumulated since Where did the Tracks Go (1985) and Railroads of the Adirondacks: A History (1996) were published. Enough material is available now to warrant a new chapter. . . . A great deal of detail is available on the Main Line for several reasons. It is a main line with heavy traffic and many branches. It has been in service for many years: 160 into Whitehall and 133 through Westport, for example, as of this 2008 writing. Many changes have occurred during this long period. Many industries have risen, peaked, and declined. In addition, there has been a number of relocations creating a complex history: examples are the Port Henry tunnels, the Bulwagga Bay trestle, a shift from Mooers Junction to Rouses Point, and the junctions with both the Ausable and Chateaugay Branches. Construction was complex, too: the line into the iron mines at Mineville did not initiate in Whitehall but in Leicester, Vermont. The Ausable line had been planned to be on the Main Line but became only a branch. The first railroad into Plattsburgh came not from Albany but from Montreal.

The segment from Whitehall to Rouses Point was chosen for inclusion in this atlas for two reasons. First, the railroad itself is organized into operational divisions, one of these being the Champlain Division from Whitehall (actually, from Lake Station, just north of Whitehall) to Rouses Point. Built northward from Albany, the line terminated near Whitehall for 25 years before being extended northward to Plattsburgh and Montreal. Second, inclusion of detail south of Whitehall and in Quebec would have made this volume unwieldy. This is a work on the Adirondacks, and the bulk of the trackage should be in the Adirondacks. The segment on the Main Line from Port Kent to Rouses Point is not geologically in the Adirondacks, but is so tied in with branches into the Adirondacks that it is included.

Where did the Tracks Go?
by Michael Kudish  
The Chauncy Press ©1985.

Railroads in the Adirondacks: A History  
by Michael Kudish  
Published by Purple Mountain Pr Ltd © 1996 

Our Home Town Railroad Cover
Our Home Town Railroad

by James Catella
Published by The Village Printer, Laurens, NY 13796 © 1982
Forward by C.R. McKenna, President and Chief Executive Officer, Delaware and Hudson Railway Company

A well written history of the D&H with maps of the Oneonta Area. Well worth searching for a copy.



Smithsonian Studies in History and Technology - Number 10
Roebling's Delaware & Hudson Canal Aqueducts
by Robert M. Vogel
Published by Smithsonian Institution Press, City of Washington 1971
Reprinted by Eastern national Park and Monument Association, Philadelphia, PA 1984 Softcover, 45 pages

" The nineteenth-century American civil engineer, John A. Roebling, is best remembered for his crowning work, Brooklyn Bridge, built to his design by his son, Washington, following the elder Roebling's death in 1869. Although an engineering monument of the highest order, Brooklyn Bridge must--if historical justice is to be done--share its notoriety with a small, relatively obscure suspension bridge that was Roebling's third work, and is his earliest still standing."

John Roebling built four suspension aqueducts for the Delaware and Hudson Canal Company as an improvement to the original canal design.  His suspension aqueduct built just below the mouth of the Lackawaxen River bridges the Delaware River and is still in use today as a toll bridge as it is the only crossing of the Delaware River for 15 miles.  

This book contains John Roeblings drawings for the bridge along with descriptions regarding the construction of the aqueduct.  A extremely well built design considering that the bridge/aqueduct put into service in 1851 is still standing and providing service some 150+ years later! 
Coal Boats to Tidewater
by Manville B. Wakefield
Published by Wakefair Press

The Delaware and Hudson Canal Skirted ghostly swamps, crossed stone arch bridges and suspension aqueducts, wound along the base of towering cliffs and clung to the edge of narrow defiles.  It followed a route that challenged the engineering genius of its day.  "Coal Boats to Tidewater" is a study in depth of regions clarified by more than thirty maps and over two hundred photographs.

This researching and penetrating, graphic an literary record, is not only of the great days of boating and gravity railroading, but of the gaunt skeletal remains of today.  It documents the lock ruins and the present day canal-side structures for those who walk the towpaths of the future and like to search out the weed-grown folkways of the past.

This book is the definitive book on the canal from which our favorite railroad got its name. It includes many photographs as well as superb maps and illustrations by the author.

The Delaware and Hudson Canalway 
Carrying Coals To Rondout
by Dorothy Hurlbut Sanderson
Rondout Valley Publishing Company, 1974

From the Coalfields to the Hudson: A History of the Delaware and Hudson Canal
by Larry Lowenthal
ISBN: 0935796851
Format: Paperback, 298pp
Pub. Date: October 1997
Publisher: Purple Mountain Press, Ltd., Fleischmanns, New York, 

The Delaware and Hudson Canal and the Gravity Railroad
By Matthew M. Osterberg
ISBN: 0738510874
Format: Paperback, 128pp
Pub. Date: October 2002
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC

Available through the Wayne County Historical Society

The Delaware and Hudson Canal: A History 
by Edwin LeRoy, Honesdale, 
Published by Wayne County Historical Society, 1950

Eighth printing, now includes color photo on front, index and biography of author, many black & white photographs, maps, and line drawings by author, 100 page soft cover. If you own one book on the D & H canal this is the one!  Available through the Wayne County Historical Society

Honesdale and the Stourbridge Lions
by Vernon Leslie
Published by the Stourbridge Lion Sesquicentennial Corporation,
Honesdale, Pennsylvania, 1979, 78-68918.

Wayne County Historian. Part I of this book was originally published in 1979. It tells the story of the original locomotive made in Stourbridge, England, in 1829 and brought to Honesdale, Pa. by the D & H Canal Co. where it was the first locomotive to run on commercial track in American. Part II tells of the commemorative celebration in 1929, the building of the near exact replica of the first Lion in 1933, and its career afterwards. Excellent index, 163 page soft cover.  Available through the Wayne County Historical Society

Of Pulleys and Ropes and Gear: The Gravity Railroads of the Delaware and Hudson Canal Company and the PA Coal Company
By Philip Ruth
ISBN: 0965954005
Format: Paperback, 75pp
Pub. Date: January 1997 
Publisher: Wayne County Historical Society

Contains many black & white photographs not previously published, 75 page paperback. The ONLY book on these two gravity railroads in print!  Available through the Wayne County Historical Society


VHS AND CD's available about the D&H!


Now Digitized and for the First Time Available in the Improved DVD Format!



Herein is coverage of the entire "old" Delaware & Hudson from the 1930's thru the 70's.  Mostly steam locomotives are shown, in color, including the Challengers, Northerns, Americans, Ten-Wheelers and Consolidations of "the D&H"!!!

Some first generation Alco diesels are also included with an extended look at the famous quartet of ex-Santa Fe Alco PA1 passenger units, including an Adirondack PA1 music video with cab scenes along the rock cuts and shore of Lake Champlain in upstate New York!!!

From Wilkes-Barre to Montreal--Including the Starrucca Viaduct and Now Gone Infamous Pennsylvania Division. Plus Carbondale, Ararat, Tunnel, Oneonta, Cherry Valley, Albany, Colonie, Mechanicville, Saratoga Springs, North Creek, Lake George, Whitehall, Port Henry, Plattsburg, Rouses Point!!!

Films of the Reading's Wilmington & Northern Branch between Wilmington and Birdsboro make up the final portion of this video and, once again, steamers are the subject highlighted!!!

76-Minutes  - 96% Full-Color - Color Maps - Music - Narration

INCLUDES...15-Minutes of NEW Recently-Digitized Black & White Bonus Footage of D&H/Reading Steam Film Rescued from Degradation Just in Time!!!

Watch for a further in-depth review of this DVD!!!


Available from:

Tony Reznak, Jr.
Post Office Box 755
Wilkes-Barre, PA  18703-0755

"Everybody Knows the Poconos!"™

Colorful Digital Maps Make Sure You Know Exactly Where the Action Is Taking Place!!!
A 500-Series 4-6-0 Leads the Miner's Commuter Train From Scranton Into Carbondale Station in the 1940's.
Pacing A D&H Challenger-led Freight Was No Small Feat In the 1940's, But You'll See It All!!!
Shortly Before A Summer Sunset, D&H Challenger and Mallet Steam Push Hard On A Northbound Behind Dundaff Street in Carbondale, PA, in this 1940's Scene from VINTAGE RAILS, VOLUME 1
Few Earth-Shattering Experiences Surpassed the Roar of A D&H Challenger-Led Freight Train Passing Under the Famed Erie Railroad Starrucca Viaduct at Lanesboro, PA.
Quite the Impressive Sight For A Young Lad As A Mallet Pusher Crests the Grade at Tunnel, NY.
In His Usual Short-Sleeve White Shirt and Tie, D&H Chief Road Foreman of Engines the Late Marv Davis--"Mr. PA"--Leans On and Talks About "His" Locomotives at the Plattsburg, NY, Station in this 1970's Scene from VINTAGE RAILS, VOLUME 1.
Sit In the Engineer's Seat of An Alco PA1 As the Adirondack Rounds the Shores and Runs Through the Rock Cuts Along Lake Champlain.
An Alco PA1-Powered Excursion Train Has Its Orders "Hooped Up" As It Passes Famed FA Tower in Oneonta, NY.

CD – Book: Gravity Cars – 100 Years Later
by Robert Stahr

When the D & H Canal Co.’s gravity railroad stopped running in 1899, the boxcars and passenger cars were sold to local people for use as chicken coops, cottages, sheds and office space, etc. Seventeen of them have been photographed inside and out by the author along with three from the PA Coal Company. These color photos and two historic black & white photos are included on this CD. Available through the Wayne County Historical Society

Video: The Gravity - The Story of the Delaware & Hudson Canal Co.'s Gravity Railroad
Available through the Wayne County Historical Society

30 minutes, color

Originals and Reprints

A Century of Progress
History of The Delaware and Hudson Company 1823-1923
Published by the D&H © 1925

Here the D&H published their own company history. The text is fairly good, though sometimes blander than the facts would have warranted. (i.e. the Erie/Belden Tunnel battle). The maps are useful, but the photographs are reproduced in a very small format. They're still big enough to be useful. The one of the freight house at Mechanicville shows that the Walther's Water Street Freight Depot was based on a very similar structure - John Nehrich of the RPI club says the prototype was actually the D&H freight house in Scranton. This book has long been out of print, but you may find a copy in a very good library. (Harvard's copy was given to the university by Leonor F. Loree himself!)

The Delaware and Hudson

Edited by Warwick S Carpenter, this book was published in 1922 by the Delaware and Hudson Company.  This issue is very rare.

Each year, the D&H produced  a hardbound "Annual Inspection of Lines" detailing a different portion of the railroad for the board members and principal stock holders.  This provides a wonderful look back at what the Delaware and Hudson was during this time in history.  Several of these reports have been reprinted and those reprints are shown below along with the original where one was available for scanning.  If anyone has one of the issues missing, please contact John A. Shaw. We would like to at least be able to scan the cover for our records.


We would like to find an original copy.  This is photocopy.

Hoping to find copy to scan cover.  Do you have one?

1923 Unknown

Coal and Water Facilities

We would like to find an original copy.  This is photocopy.

Grade Crossing Elimination

Motive Power
on the
Delaware and Hudson

REPRINT of 1927
Freight, Passenger
and Work Equipment Development: 
The First 100 Years 
Society of Freight Car Historians © 1989

This Monograph is a reprint of a book originally published by the Delaware and Hudson entitled "Passenger, Freight and Work Equipment on the Delaware and Hudson" date June 5, 1927.  It presents an excellent first hand account of the early rolling stock during the first Century of out Nation's railroad history.

The Bridge Line Historical Society announces a limited-edition reprint of the Delaware and Hudson Company's June 1928 classic book:  
Exact Reprint of 1928

Passenger and Freight

Originally published by the D&H for its Annual Inspection of Lines in June 1928, the book lists each station served by the D&H and includes a brief history of each stop and photographs of each station building used to serve that community. Long out of print and very highly sought, this reprint is a faithful reproduction of the original book, hardbound with colored covers, over 350 pages with gold foil stamping, and over 250 photographs of D&H passenger and freight stations.

The print run is strictly limited to 500 copies. Each copy will be numbered within the series.
Click here to order!


Hoping to find copy to scan cover.  Do you have one? Reprint of 1930 Issue. 1930
1809 to 1930
by Ogden J Ross.

The reprint show here is available from the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum Gateway Store 
Hardcover Price:$39.95 
Softcover Price: $29.95

1931 Industry Sampler
The Delaware and Hudson Railroad Corp.
Reprinted by NEB&W Green Dot Press

This is a reprint of the "1931 Annual Inspection of Lines, Industrial Development" and contains a wonderful collection of Industrial photographs compiled by the D&H showing a sample of the industries serviced by the D&H. It is a wonderful time capsule of the those industries when no one was taking such pictures. This book would help any modeler trying to decide what industries to add to their layout.

Hoping to find copy to scan cover.  Do you have one?1932 

1817 to 1932

by Ogden J. Ross.

Stores Department
Delaware and Hudson

Hoping to find copy to scan cover.  Do you have one?1934 
by J R Linney.

Online provided by Rod Bigelow

Grade Crossing Elimination
and Signaling on the
Delaware and Hudson

Motive Power, 
Passenger, Freight and 
Work Equipment
Delaware and Hudso

Hoping to find copy to scan cover.  Do you have one?
Railway and Track
Delaware and Hudso

Railroadians reprint of 1926 & 1936 Inspection of Lines1941
Railroadians of America-Book No. 3: An Illustrated Record of the Motive Power and Growth of the Delaware and Hudson Railroad 
Published by the
Railroadians of America, New York 1941.  
ed by Walter A Lucas 
Softcover, 128 pages

Originally printed in two books published by the company entitled: Motive Power on the Delaware and Hudson, The Delaware and Hudson Company, Board of Managers, Inspection of Lines, June 10th to June 13th, 1926 and Motive Power, Passenger Freight, and Work Equipment 1926-1936, The Delaware and Hudson Company, Board of Directors, Inspection of Lines, June 4th to June 7th, 1936.

1944Mining and Preparation of Anthracite

Copyright ©1944, The Hudson Coal Company

This is a pamphlet, produced by the Hudson Coal Company as an advertising brochure for D&H Anthracite Coal, has a treasure trove of black and white photographs covering all aspects of mining, preparation and transportation of the very material so key to the formation of the Delaware and Hudson Canal Company and later the Delaware and Hudson Railroad.  Pictures include the six collierys used to break, clean and size anthracite coal and mine engines and mining techniques.

D&H Annual Report 1947D&H Annual Report  for 1947
Commemorating the One Hundred Twenty--Fifth Anniversary of the Founding of The Delaware and Hudson Company

A wonderfully prepared report with a forward of the company's history and general report on the health of the railroad.  Includes normal financial statement which gives a snap-shot into the finances of the Delaware and Hudson during one of it's most profitable years. 

The Adirondacks: Lake George & Lake Champlain
circa 1915

This is a 16 page black and white pamphlet with many scenic photographs describing the joys of vacationing at either Lake George or Lake Champlain.  And how would one expect to get to either destination?  On the Delaware and Hudson Railroad of course!

The Delaware and Hudson Railroad Bulletin
Volume II No. 1 January 1, 1934

The D&H published a semi-monthly newsletter "for the information of the men who operate the railroad, in the belief that mutual understanding of the problem we all have to meet will help us to solve them for our mutual welfare."  These original "Bulletin's" have stories of everyday life on the railroad along with health tips, and general information, much as our own "Bulletin".  I think I now know why our beloved publisher refuses to do a color issue.  Our Bulletin looks strangely like the original and they never had color!

There are several other books that would help you as well. At Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, they have a train club that sells several reprints of some of the earlier publications listed below.  All of these are currently out of print.  You can reach them at 1-518-276-2764 or look at their home page at

The best collection of steam pictures has to be in our own monthly newsletter, "The Bulletin". The photos are all black and white, but they usually have a description of where and when the photo was taken. Excerpts from the current issue can be found through the CONSIST on our home page.

Updated: December 9, 2012

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