THE COMING OF THE TRAIN, VOLUME II, 1910-1922 by Brian A. Donelson

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The Coming of the Train, volume II, continues the saga of the building of the Hoosac Tunnel and the Wilmington and Deerfield River Railroads with the completion of the Deerfield River Railroad, and the changes these railroads brought to the surrounding communities. In it the author has captured the courage, determination and vision of the people who helped build our country during this rapid unfolding of the Industrial Revolution, as experienced in the upper Deerfield River Valley. He writes with the authenticity that only meticulous research of original documents and correspondence can bring.


This volume details:

  • The completion of the Deerfield River Railroad

  • The development and tremendous expansion of the logging industry, pulping and paper mills

  • The hydro-electric development of the Deerfield River and the building of the Somerset dam

  • The change from narrow gauge to standard gauge

  • The electrification of the Hoosac Tunnel.

  • The industrial complex secreted in the sleepy village of Sherman

  • The Readsboro chair company and the National Metal Edge Box Company of Readsboro, VT

  • The growth of industries in Wilmington, VT

The Coming of the Train, Volume II, is a beautiful, color, hardcover book printed on 8” by 10” eighty pound, glossy paper. It contains:

  • 524 pages

  • 520 photos, 69 sketches, and news clips, plus other ephemera

  • 40 maps, including plot plans of the industries at Readsboro and Mountain Mills and track plans for the HT&W. Most are original and never before published.

  • 12 reference tables and scanned documents

  • Appendix

  • Index of maps, tables and text with over 700 entries



Price: $49.95