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“Hojack: Remembering the RW&O Railroad” is the definitive story of the historic and surviving contemporary lines of the Rome, Watertown & Ogdensburg Railroad and – after its 1891 acquisition by the New York Central & Hudson River Railroad – the RW&O Division. The word “Hojack” is a term of endearment that has always meant the RW&O railroad past, and even present lines. At its height, the RW&O Division was comprised of just over 700 miles of trackage, which spanned the length and breadth of upstate New York. The RW&O railroad and division extended from the Adirondacks to the Niagara Escarpment, and from the Mohawk River Valley to the St. Lawrence River and on into Canada via Massena.
The RW&O was a diversified railroad whose far-flung territory produced shipments of everything from apples to forest products to paper and Hematite ore. Over time, the railroad transitioned to more modern steam locomotives, which eventually gave way to the modern diesel era. The railroad changed as well; not just from the RW&O to the New York Central, but to Penn Central, Conrail, and into the CSX era.
To satisfactorily present all of this, this new book is composed of 12 chapters, totaling 768 pages, upon which are displayed 1,392 images (266 color) – maps, black & white photographs, color photographs, drawings, and ephemera. Because of this, authors Peter Gores and John Taibi, along with the assistance of David Link and Richard Palmer, can authoritatively proclaim that this book is a complete work.