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|Local Man Pens Book on CB&Q Line
|One local author says he used to love listen to stories others conductors would tell him about railroad lines he would then later pass on to other younger conductors is just one of the reasons he decided to write his book.
Ralph "Bud" Linroth was signing copies of his railroad history book, "A History of the CB&Q Illinois Peavine - The Galesburg to Savanna Branch", Saturday afternoon at Stone Alley Books and Collectibles on Seminary Street.
Linroth says the more he got into researching the book, the more history there was and he found things out that he didn't know even existed. He has been working on the book since 2000 after working on the railroad since 1970.
Linroth tells WGIL he had so much information, he had to cut it off at some point to finish the project.
"Last week, I got two sets of pictures I could have used, but I didn't know they existed," Linroth said. "You meet people, and they would say 'I've got a picture of my dad standing next to a steam engine down in the pit.' And then, one thing leads to another, and they have a friend who has a picture, or stories -- lots of interviews in the book."
Linroth says the line was called the Pea Vine is because of the many curves along the route especially between Alpha and Barstow. He says the line was so interesting to him because of the fact that no other line was put together in so many pieces and because he spent much of his time on it.
Linroth hopes people remember the nostalgia they had at one time and how railways impacted different communities until the time highways came about in the 1930's.
Linroth's book is available at a number of Galesburg locations.
|09 07 09 by Newsroom
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