Royal Blue Line
The Classic B & O Train Between Washington and New York
By (author) Herbert H. Harwood
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Royal Blue Line by Herbert H. Harwood
Book DescriptionAlthough it was America's first public railroad, chartered in 1827, the Baltimore & Ohio did not enter the lucrative Philadelphia and New York City markets until the 1880s, long after its rivals, notably the Pennsylvania Railroad, had established themselves in the Northeast corridor. In order to compete, B & O executives realized they would need to create a railroad like no other, and in 1890 they launched the Royal Blue Line, offering premier passenger service between Washington, DC, and New York City. Boasting the company's fastest locomotives (designed specifically for the line and featuring the country's first mainline passenger diesel engine), its most luxurious passenger cars (the first in the nation to be air-conditioned), and dining cars that served exquisite regional cuisine - as well as a motor coach service that took passengers from the line's New Jersey terminus into Manhattan, still fondly remembered by many as the most civilized way to enter the city - the Royal Blue Line was, as advertised, the "Finest Daylight Train Service in the World". In "Royal Blue Line", the author recounts the 70-year history of the B & O's showcase service, detailing the creation of the "Royal Blue" image, the design of equipment and services appropriate to this image, the B & O's distinctive marketing campaigns, and its stubborn corporate pride in the line, which led to questionable business decisions and, ultimately, financial collapse. Illustrated with over 250 evocative photographs, advertisements, menus, timetables and maps, the book vividly recalls America's most regal railway journey.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780801870613
(280mm x 216mm x 10mm)
Imprint: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publish Date: 1-Jul-2002
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Herbert H. Harwood
Lake Shore Electric Railway Story, Paperback (September 2015)
Originally published in hardcover in 2000 by Indiana University Press.
Baltimore Streetcars, Hardback (May 2003)» View all books by Herbert H. Harwood
The author provides a picture of Baltimore in the heyday of the streetcar, combining the story of lines and equipment with a nostalgic view of Baltimore when so many of her residents relied on street railways.
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Author Biography - Herbert H. Harwood
Herbert H. Harwood, Jr., worked in the finance and marketing departments of the B & O Railroad and its successor, Chessie System Railroads, for thirty years. He is the author of numerous books about railway history, including Impossible Challenge: The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad in Maryland and The Lake Shore Electric Railway Story. He lives in Baltimore. Courtney B. Wilson is Executive Director of the B & O Railroad Museum, located in Baltimore.
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