May 21, 2007

Hoosier Hobbies announced the newest book in their “The Short Line” book series today, a historical and contemporary look at the Erie Western Railway, its predecessors and successors.  From its start as the Chicago and Atlantic Railway through the Erie and Erie Lackawanna years and ending as a designated operator shortline, this book will be complete from start to finish.  A multitude of photographs, many previously unpublished, will be included, to illustrate the rich history of this line.


This book will be the culmination of a 20-year project by author John Eagan, who visited every on-line town and uncovered many historical photographs from libraries, historical societies, and contributions from individuals who share an interest in the line.  Previous titles by Eagan include the “Missouri Pacific Annual” series, and future books will include “Diesels of the Monon” and “Elgin, Joliet & Eastern Railway.”  Eagan founded the Louisville & Nashville Historical Society in 1984, was a staff columnist for “CTC Board” magazine, current news editor for the Missouri Pacific Historical Society, editor of “The Hoosier Line” for the Monon Historical Society, publisher of “Monon News & Notes” and has owned HOOSIER HOBBIES from 1986 to date.


Some final photo needs have been identified.  These are: coverage on line segments from the Ohio state line to Calumet City, IL; Erie and EL photos on the lines in IL and IN; the ERES ex-PC branch to Decatur; CINR, SPEG, TIPP and JK operations, and Rail America TP&W operations, as well as subsequent owners of locos and cars, and views of the line post abandonment.  All loaned materials will be returned.


For more information:

John Eagan
Hoosier Hobbies Press
P.O. Box 654
Dyer, IN  46375