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Working on M&E Book!

Postby therudycometh » Wed Feb 06, 2013 10:44 pm

Hello All...

I've mentioned it in passing a few times in other places and forums, but I might as well actually say it - I'm working on a book on the Morristown & Erie Railroad/Railway, covering the years 1952 to 1998. I have the cooperation of the railroad, the Whippany Railway Museum, and a whole slew of former employees - should be a great book! Here are a few teaser photos from the over 1,000 that I have to pick from....

Morristown, NJ - September 20, 1947 (Photographer unknown, Whippany Railway Museum collection)
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Essex Fells, NJ - May 1952 (Henry Becker photo, Steve Hepler collection)
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Morristown, NJ - April 1960 (Dr. C. K. Botkin photo, Bill Botkin collection)
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Morristown, NJ - July 12, 1964 (William T. Greenberg photo, Steve Hepler collection)
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Morristown, NJ - September 1976 (Al Holleuffer photo, Al Holleuffer collection)
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Hometown, PA - October 14, 1984 (Bob Wilt photo, Bob Wilt collection)
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Denville, NJ (?), circa 1988 (Photographer unknown, Morristown & Erie Railway collection)
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Altoona, PA - October 1996 (Rudy Garbely III photo, Rudy Garbely III collection)
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Re: Working on M&E Book!

Postby mandealco » Thu Feb 07, 2013 4:21 pm

Put me down for a copy Rudy. Wish I had some photos of a higher quality to offer you. I do have some odd ones: Film crew riding on top of caboose #4, wedding shots, switching B&G Foods (2012), posed crew photo on #18 at Polaner (B&G Foods) 1985. Not sure they'd be as good as the ones you posted here.

Can't wait to see the book. When's it going to be printed?
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Re: Working on M&E Book!

Postby therudycometh » Thu Feb 07, 2013 6:02 pm

mandealco wrote:Put me down for a copy Rudy. Wish I had some photos of a higher quality to offer you. I do have some odd ones: Film crew riding on top of caboose #4, wedding shots, switching B&G Foods (2012), posed crew photo on #18 at Polaner (B&G Foods) 1985. Not sure they'd be as good as the ones you posted here.

Can't wait to see the book. When's it going to be printed?
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I'd love to take a look at anything pre-1998 that you have - having a wider range of photos to choose from makes a better book! I'm going for interesting too - that one of the film crew on #4 sounds great!

I'm thinking it will be out near the end of the summer, if life doesn't get in the way.
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Re: Working on M&E Book!

Postby R36 Combine Coach » Fri Feb 08, 2013 1:44 am

I'd also be willing to "license" some of my photos out. Most include locomotives, Whippany Railway Museum as well much of Dover-Rockaway and High Bridge Branches, 2000-present as well as ROW shots and stations.
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Re: Working on M&E Book!

Postby therudycometh » Sat Feb 09, 2013 3:04 am

R36 Combine Coach wrote:I'd also be willing to "license" some of my photos out. Most include locomotives, Whippany Railway Museum as well much of Dover-Rockaway and High Bridge Branches, 2000-present as well as ROW shots and stations.

I'm only covering 1952-1998....
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Re: Working on M&E Book!

Postby kilroy » Wed Apr 03, 2013 1:47 pm

A little off topic but thought this would still fit.

Rudy did an excellent presentation at the Jersey Central Railway Historical Society meeting last night on the ME, from birth in 1895 to present. Lot's of interesting facts/figures/photos.

Sorry I didn't get a notice of the meeting out to RR.net before the meeting so others could join us.
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Re: Working on M&E Book!

Postby photorailfan » Sat Apr 20, 2013 11:21 am

This looks promising. I wish i had good photos to donate. I only have one of RS1 #21 taken around 2006
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Re: Working on M&E Book!

Postby Earle Baldwin » Thu May 09, 2013 2:55 pm

Hello, Rudy.

Back in then 70s when the company had the National Locomotive rebuilding operation, I was able to photograph RS-36 1800 shortly after it was done in the paint shop. The photo has already been published once as part of an HO kitbash project in Railroad Model Craftsman. Do you already have a picture of the 1800 for your book? If not and you'd be interested in seeing mine, let me know and I'll get it out of the files. For some reason, pictures of the 1800 seem rather sparse.

Let me know.

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Re: Working on M&E Book!

Postby fl9m2004 » Thu May 09, 2013 3:25 pm

Really nice pictures
Good luck with the book
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Re: Working on M&E Book!

Postby therudycometh » Wed Jun 05, 2013 3:46 pm

Earle Baldwin wrote:Hello, Rudy.

Back in then 70s when the company had the National Locomotive rebuilding operation, I was able to photograph RS-36 1800 shortly after it was done in the paint shop. The photo has already been published once as part of an HO kitbash project in Railroad Model Craftsman. Do you already have a picture of the 1800 for your book? If not and you'd be interested in seeing mine, let me know and I'll get it out of the files. For some reason, pictures of the 1800 seem rather sparse.

Let me know.

Regards,

Bob

Bob,

I have a TON of photos of #1800. They're probably scarce elsewhere because I have them all!

Little known fact - #1800 was originally supposed to be M&E #16. This is the reason it was painted in M&E colors. The shop even made it so far as making the #16 numberboards for the locomotive, but then the M&E/National Locomotive went bankrupt and were forced to sell the locomotive to try to cover some of their losses. It was therefore lettered for National Locomotive and sat for about two years before it was sold to Naporano Iron & Metal in Newark, which used it as a switcher for about two years until it suffered some kind of massive mechanical failure and was scrapped on site.

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Re: Working on M&E Book!

Postby Earle Baldwin » Wed Jun 12, 2013 9:22 am

Rudy:

Glad to hear you have a good selection of photos of the 1800 and thanks for the additional information about the unit. I checked your website and saw the images of the covers of the M&E books. I will be first in line to buy them as they come out.

Best of luck with the project.

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Re: Working on M&E Book!

Postby therudycometh » Wed Jun 12, 2013 3:17 pm

Earle Baldwin wrote:Rudy:

Glad to hear you have a good selection of photos of the 1800 and thanks for the additional information about the unit. I checked your website and saw the images of the covers of the M&E books. I will be first in line to buy them as they come out.

Best of luck with the project.

Bob

I'll let you know when they come out, Bob - I'm desperately attempting to get the 1895-1952 one completed before the M&E Lehigh Limited on August 24th. However, finding time to write the book has been difficult, since I'm busy working at the railroad that I'm writing about!
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Re: Working on M&E Book!

Postby MEC407 » Fri Jul 05, 2013 1:53 pm

therudycometh wrote:I'm working on a book on the Morristown & Erie Railroad/Railway, covering the years 1952 to 1998.


I can't wait to see the finished product! Just out of curiosity, is there a particular reason why you're only covering the pre-1998 period?
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Re: Working on M&E Book!

Postby therudycometh » Mon Jul 15, 2013 2:33 pm

MEC407 wrote:
therudycometh wrote:I'm working on a book on the Morristown & Erie Railroad/Railway, covering the years 1952 to 1998.


I can't wait to see the finished product! Just out of curiosity, is there a particular reason why you're only covering the pre-1998 period?

Two reasons - one, Ben Friedland's death in 1998 makes a good cutoff point. Second is conflict of interest - I don't want to be researching the people that I currently work for.

The first book, covering 1895-1952, will be available on August 24th. More details here: http://www.garbelypublishing.com/morris ... -1895-1952

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Re: Working on M&E Book!

Postby therudycometh » Tue Aug 27, 2013 8:04 pm

The new book, entitled Morristown & Erie, Vol. #1 - The Early Years: 1895-1952 is now available! Check it out here: http://www.garbelypublishing.com/books/ME_EarlyYears
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