My father, known by his friends as Wally, grew up with two passions: the train and the camera. He combined them in a successful railroading career of journalism, public relations, writing, photography, and consulting. After retiring, he wrote and published The Little Jewel: Soo Line Railroad and the Locomotives that Made it Go.
Heartened by the success of his first book, he began another, Class By Itself, sharing his deep knowledge of the locomotives that drove freight dieselization. Twenty years ago, Dad had researched and written a substantial first draft of Class By Itself. He had file folders and lists of his illustrations, many his own photos. He had a publishing contract. But he couldn’t finish the book and had to bow out.
So, I’m teaming up with a noted railroad writer to tackle Dad’s Santa Fe-based book on diesel freight locomotives. Our goal is to publish Dad’s Class By Itself, to honor this man from whom in the railroad industry learned so much.