This Month's Feature:
When time allows as CRO Production Assistant, I am a voracious
collector of railway books. My "Off The Shelf" column will review
books and DVDs that I feel would be to the appeal of our CRO
I invite you to contact me directly with questions, and with any new
publications or DVD’s that would be of interest to our CRO readers
for “Off the Shelf”.
Shron’s “TurboTrain: A Journey"
Jason Shron’s “TurboTrain: A Journey” is a thorough and very
heartfelt look at an interesting experiment in North American
passenger trains. Jason Shron is very explicitly a huge fan and
supporter of the TurboTrain and he believes that it has unfairly
been labelled as a failure by the railfan community. He believes
that once the initial bugs were worked out, the TurboTrain provided
years of reliable service on CN and then VIA Rail. This reviewer
thinks he is a bit too lenient to the failings of the TurboTrain,
and that much of what made up the TurboTrain was just not meant for
North American railroading at the time. The book has a number of
stunning photographs, the vast majority of them in colour. The book
also covers Penn Central’s (and later Amtrak’s) TurboTrains in
detail as well. The book is very thorough, starting with the origins
of the Turbo concept and going into great detail on its different
uses in service in North America. Given his interest in and
enthusiasm for VIA Rail, the thought occurred to me that Jason Shron
could do a great job writing a similar book on VIA’s LRC equipment.
If you have the slightest interest in the TurboTrain, this book is
definitely worth your while.
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COMING NEXT MONTH:
Michael will review:
Clegg’s “Self-Propelled Cars Of The CNR”.