Book on the West Point Route : LUSENET : ACL and SAL Railroads Historical Society : One Thread

A few years back, our own Bob Hanson completed a fine book on the Georgia Railroad. I understand he is now working on one concerning the West Point Route. That consisted of two railroads, the Atlanta and West Point Railroad and the Western Railway of Alabama. All of these were long affiliated with the Atlantic Coast Line and Louisville and Nashville Railroads. Bob, would you be kind enough to give us an update on the status of the latter? Is there a target publication date yet? If this book is as nice as the one on the Georgia Road, it should be a fine addition to the library of any student of the ACL family of railroads.

Ed Faggart Lincolnton, NC

-- Ed Faggart (, September 20, 2002


You're right, Ed. I did change publishers. The Overmountain Press and I parted company (on good terms by the way) due to their inability to get the book out in a reasonable period for various and sundry reasons. I am now with TLC Publishing and Tom Dixon tells me he is shooting for a 7-1-04 publication date and we hope to have books available at the Atlanta show in August. Whether or not this will come to pass remains to be seen, but that is the plan.

Thanks for your interest.

-- Robert H. Hanson (, April 13, 2004.

Bob, I understand that a new publisher has been selected to produce your West Point book. What update can you provide to those of us in the society eagerly awaiting its arrival? Ed

-- Ed Faggart (Emfag108@aol. com), April 08, 2004.

There are a number of us who are patiently awaiting Bob's West Point Route book, which will be a worthy companion to his superb Georgia RR effort. Our Society is fortunate indeed to have a number of excellent rail scribes as members.

-- Greg Hodges (, September 20, 2002.

Ed -

Thanks for your kind words about the Georgia Railroad book. The West Point Route book is at the publisher and has been for about a year. The events of 9-11-01 put a stop to almost everything for a while, and delayed release of the book. It looks now like it will be late spring/early summer 2003 before the book is released. It could be delayed further, but that is the target release date.

Thanks again for your interest.

Bob Hanson

-- Robert H. Hanson (, September 20, 2002.

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