History

Lindbergh Special.Jim has done extensive research and writing, much focused on American railroad history. For a number of years, he served as Associate Editor of Milepost, the Journal of the Friends of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania. His articles have also been published in magazines such as Trains and Pennsylvania Heritage.

Here are some samples:

  • Where History and Magic Converge. A published article discussing railroad history in Pennsylvania and promoting the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania. This will open in a separate window.
  • John Stevens: The Man and the Machine, a review of an early American railroad visionary. It involved months of original research. PDF file. Allow for download time. This will open in a separate window.
  • The Lindbergh Special. Fascinating story of early aviation, Charles Lindbergh, and the reaction of American railroad management to the advent of this new competition.
  • Scooping Water in the Age of Steam. An exciting review of an important railroad operating technology. Includes the Wilmore Track Pans, the world's longest and highest facility for feeding water for the thirsty boilers of moving locomotives.