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I've recently become interested in the history of the ill-starred and short-lived Penn Central, and wondered what would be the best book to get? I found three on amazon:

'The Wreck of the Penn Central' by Joseph R. Daughen and Peter Binzen
'No Way to Run a Railroad: Untold Story of the Penn Central Crisis' by Stephen Salsbury
'The Fallen Colossus: The Great Crash of the Penn Central' by Robert Sobel

I might get all three, but can anyone recommend one of these titles in particular? is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to - An online railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used railroad books. Railroad pictorials, railroad history, steam locomotives, passenger trains, modern railroading. Hundreds of titles available, most at discount prices! We also have a video and children's book section. - An online model railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used books. Layout design, track plans, scenery and structure building, wiring, DCC, Tinplate, Toy Trains, Price Guides and more.

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