The Tarheel Press           
If Rails Could Talk- Volume IV
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              Highlights include:
       
- Protected Spiral-bound Cover

- Landscape orientation for superb photo
          reproduction

- Nearly 75 B/W, color photos & maps

- 129 pp printed on 100-lb glossy stock

- Detailed rosters of all presented
          companies

- The culmination of decades of research
           by Ron Sullivan, assisted by logging
           railroad historian Gerald
           Ledford.

                     
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      Volume 4 of “If Rails Could Talk…” is the fourth of a  
planned eight volume series about the railroad logging along  
the Blue Ridge and adjoining Smoky Mountains. In volume 4,  
there are the stories of the  logging railroads that ran from  
Waynesville, NC;  Band Mill Bottom, through Dellwood, and  
Maggie Valley.   

      Waynesville is the story of the final attempt by Suncrest  
Lumber Company to log the Cataloochee Boundary of timber.  
For 25 years, the Cataloochee lands had been just out of reach  
geographically to 4 lumber companies. The book contains  
many photographs, some printed for the first time. It also  
contains track maps of all of the railroad grades, with  
accompanying aerial photographs of the same areas. Author  
Ron Sullivan, his wife Marilyn, and hiking partner / editor   
Jerry Ledford spent many days hiking the old grades, most of  
them off of established trails and roads. Ron used a GPS to  
trace the rail grades and transfer them to USGS topographic  
maps.  

      Also featured is the story of the court battles between  
Suncrest Lumber Company,  Champion Fibre, the North  
Carolina Park Commission, and the beginnings of the Great  
Smoky Mountain National Park.

This book contains locomotive roster information for  
all of the companies. These rosters were carefully researched  
and prepared by Thomas Lawson, one of the most  
knowledgeable persons in the field.  
The book is spiral bound so that readers can fully  
appreciate the maps and the photos. It is printed on 100 pound  
gloss paper, so it has the feel and look of a much more  
expensive book. It also features a clear cover and a plastic  
composition backing.
Students and fans of early day railroad logging along  
Southern Railway’s Murphy Branch in western North Carolina  
and the Great Smokies will want to add this volume to their  
libraries.
knowledgeable persons in the field.   

Students and fans of early day railroad logging in  
western North Carolina and the Great Smokies will want to  
add this volume to their libraries.