Praise for The Great Railroad War

by Rudolph L. Daniels, Ph.D.

Dr. Daniels displays his customary penchant for exhaustive research and clear analysis in pursuit of an overlooked topic. His orderly thought processes, and the resulting thorough yet concise presentation of his findings, make for a crisp, easy to read and understand story. In doing so, he sheds light on an important yet long neglected chapter in American railroad history, the complexities and implications of which are as current as today’s political controversies and headlines. It is to our good fortune that Dr. Daniels has turned a spotlight on America’s railroads under government control during a time of war, and does so in a manner accessible to all readers.
— Jim Porterfield, author of "Dining by Rail"
“The Great Railroad War” provides a unique assessment of how World War I became a defining turning point in both domestic and foreign railroad operations, as well as governmental affairs abroad. Through his research, Dr. Rudy Daniels analyzes the impact the domestic railroad network and military railroad operations overseas had in influencing the outcomes of “The Great War” in Europe and Siberia.
The approach taken by Dr. Daniels is not a conventional historical narrative. Instead, he analyzes a variety of themes and topics to illustrate that one of the major impacts of “The Great Railroad War” was not just “winning the war,” but how Washington and the federal government changed their perceptions to regulate the railroad industry as a public utility over the next half century.
Dr. Daniels’ well-rounded research, along with his ability to uncover facts once lost to history, makes a convincing case for characterizing World War I as “The Great Railroad War.”
— Larry Obermeyer, President & CEO of the Sioux City Railroad Museum, Siouxland Historical Railroad Association
Rudy Daniels masterfully takes readers on a historic literary journey set during World War I. The book is laden with all-new evidence and information about the railroad logistics that formed the foundation for the Allied victory. Beginning with the formation of the United States Railway Administration (USRA), readers are guided through a compelling tale of railroad milestones and events, highlighting the challenges that faced the men and materiel mobilized during the war. It is a must read for military historians and railroad enthusiasts alike!
— Mike Wendel, Director of the James H. Andrew Railroad Museum and History Center, Iowa Railroad Historical Society

Praise for Steel Road Nostalgia, Volume 1: The Northeast

by Gene Collora

This handsome album presents a selection of black-and-white work by longtime rail photographer Gene Collora.... From NYC along the Hudson River to B&O obs cars in a row at Washington to L&NE and L&HR Alcos to a stirring GG1-P5a race at Rahway, the diversity of Northeastern railroading is on full view here. Collora chose a low angle for many of his compositions, to dramatic effect. We look forward to more volumes in the series.
— Robert S. McGonigal, editor of "Classic Trains" magazine, in Fall 2016 issue

Praise for Just a Short Line - The Story of the Rahway Valley Railroad, Volume II: History of the Line, 1951-2009

by Richard J. King

How the transition was made from steam to diesel and how the railroad’s employees adapted makes for quite the entertaining read…. I found the stories about the various employees to be the most enjoyable part of a most enjoyable book…. This book is truly a labor of love and it shows. Not a detail is overlooked and the photographs are loaded with detailed captions that help tell the story…. Garbely Publishing and author King have both done themselves proud with this one. Whether you’re a fan of northeast railroading, shortlines in general or just like to read about the “heart” of how a railroad operates, you are bound to enjoy this book.
— Frank Garon, "Railfan & Railroad" magazine, in August 2016 issue
The personality is easily this book’s number one strength. It feels complete not just because it is chronicling the history . . . but because it captures the heart of the railroad, its employees, and this community . . . You don’t have to be a railfan to be connected to the history of this, the heart of this, and the character of it, and I think that’s one of the book’s biggest strengths . . . Because Richie is so passionate about the subject, you get that passion from him in terms of his writing style and you get it from anecdotes that he shares from those who are connected with the railroad. That is really gratifying to read.
— Nick Ozorak, "The Roundhouse" Podcast

Praise for Just a Short Line - The Story of the Rahway Valley Railroad, Volume I: History of the Line, 1897-1950

by Richard J. King

Anyone with an interest in the Rahway Valley owes it to himself to get this title. I’m very impressed by the detail of the text and quality and variety of the photographs. I recommend the book highly to anyone with an interest in this railroad. Thank you Mr. King for your dedication in authoring it and Mr. Garbely for taking a chance and publishing it.
— Bob Callahan, GPCo reader from Pennsylvania

Praise for Lehigh Valley - The Final Years: 1965-1976

by Rudy Garbely

Mr. Garbely has done an amazing piece of original research. . . . He did a magnificent job in both the conception and execution of this [book]. . . . So few students are interested in business and corporate history, and Mr. Garbely is exceptionally talented at it.
— Dr. Richard Saunders, Jr., professor of history at Clemson University and author of "Merging Lines: American Railroads, 1900-1970" and "Main Lines: Rebirth of the North American Railroads, 1970–2002"
I have just finished reading every page of [this book], and it is outstanding! . . . [Garbely has] presented the facts in a most comprehensive, but extremely readable, format. I had intended to . . . read it at my leisure, but when I got into the first few pages, I found that I could not put it down. For any student of the LV, [Garbely deserves] the utmost credit.
— Hays Watkins, former chairman of the Chesapeake & Ohio, Chessie System, and CSX from 1971-1988
[T]he author has combined his thorough knowledge of railroad history with detailed business and economic analysis. It is an excellent read. . . . I found this to be an outstanding book, with top-notch editing.
— Frank Amato, GPCo reader from Davenport, IA