THE SISKIYOU LINE|
ADVENTURE IN RAILROADING
Bert and Margie Webber
THE SISKIYOU LINE is a chunk out of the Southern Pacific's original Shasta Route, the rails that stretch from Oakland, California to Portland, Oregon by way of the fantastic Siskiyou Mountains. This line is now operated by the Central Oregon & Pacific Railroad (CORP) between Springfield Junction and Black Butte, south of Mt. Shasta in California.
How else to describe the Siskiyous other than as amazingly beautiful in summer and winter alike with twisting super-serpentine bends of rails up and down the mountains, the steepest grades on all of the SP (3.67%) through many tunnels, alongside a mountain with a glistening snowy top in winter and summer.
THE SISKIYOU LINE includes chapters on each of the shortline railroads that connected into this main line.
More than just a "documentary report" of what is there, THE SISKIYOU LINE is an adventure with its own personality right from Chapter One, "Crossing the Siskiyous on a Modern Freighter" when photo-journalist Bert Webber rode in the cab to make the "impossible" photographs which adorn many pages.
THE SISKIYOU LINE is intended for railroad fanciers and working railroad folks alike. Includes some nitty-gritty data about locomotives and their specifications as well as the nostalgic days of the Ashland - Grants Pass commuter called The "Whiskey" Local. Hints are there about the plausible resumption of future commuter service on that line.
CORP official said, "We like this book for its reality."
Book is 8½ x 11 inches. 192 pages, 338 pictures, 28 maps $24.95 Paper, $48.95 Hardback