Pere Marquette 1225

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Images of Rail: Pere Marquette 1225 presents the history of steam locomotive 1225, one of 39 Berkshire Class 2-8-4's built between 1937 and 1944 for the Pere Marquette Railway. Although it is best known for being the sound and image behind the movie adaptation of Chris Van Allsburg's The Polar Express, 1225 has a rich history that preceded a life as a movie star. From her construction at Lima Locomotive Works and important role in hauling material from factories to the front in World War II to her unlikely preservation on Michigan State University's campus and eventual restoration, the history of 1225 covers nearly 75 years. The locomotive is now housed at the Steam Railroading Institute in Owosso, Michigan, and the story behind it will take readers back to a time when whistles in the night charged the imagination and the United States truly was the "Arsenal of Democracy."
ISBN: 9781467112826
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Michigan
Series: Images of Rail
Images: 215
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
This title was written and researched by T.J. Gaffney, former executive director of the Steam Railroading Institute and owner of Streamline Historic Services, and Dean Pyers, a manufacturing engineer at General Motors and longtime volunteer at the Steam Railroading Institute. Gaffney's other Arcadia titles include Rails around the Thumb and Port Huron: 1880–1960. A portion of the authors' proceeds will go toward keeping the 1225 operational.
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