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THE JOINT LINE: 1880-1995/Walz

Default Title: $41.95 USD

On August 1, 1899, the Santa Fe and the Colorado and Southern began operating the Santa Fe's line between Denver and Pueblo in a truly join and integrated fashion. The two complies envisioned that the employees of the line, whether from the ATSF or the C&S would be employees of the new Joint Line. In 1918 the USRA nationalized the nation's railroad and brought another player to the Join Line. The Santa Fe's and Rio Grande's main lines basically paralleled each other between Denver and Pueblo, the USRA forced the two to operate as a single double-track railroad. When the USRA handed the railroads back to private ownership, the ATSF and D&RGW decided to continue to operate the two likes as if they were a single double-track railroad shared with the C&S. From that time until the BNSF merger in 1995 the three involved railroads both cooperated and competed with one another.

Author Robert Walz explores the fascinating history of this cooperation among all three railroads from their beginnings in the Denver and Pueblo markets up to the BNSF merger.

The book is richly illustrated with track charts and over 250 period views (over 80 in color) including the work of Otto Petty as well as contemporary photographers.

List price $45.00, softcover, b&w and color photos, 170 pages. SKU: BJL. Posted 8-8-13.