A Long-Awaited Book Arrives Today!
The discipline and persistence exercised by Mr. Tedder to ensure that the project was done properly paid off big time. The quality of this book is exceptional!
Russell Tedder was a career railroad man, beginning with a job as station agent and dispatcher with the Live Oak Perry and Gulf Railroad in 1951. He would move on to a number of challenging and rewarding jobs including Vice President and General Manager of the Sabine River and Northern Railroad. Eventualy his remarkable railroad career earned him the titles Director of Corporate Rail Services and Railroad Center of Excellence, and President of Shortline Railroads at Georgia Pacific Corp.
The photographs in this book are top-notch! Russell reached out to a number of noted photographers and selected many excepional examples to illustrate Forest Rails. A partial list of photographers inclues Louis A. Marre, C W Witbeck, Peter J. Smykla Jr., Steve Glischinski, J. Parker Lamb, Louis R. Saillard, and Lee J. Estes, among many others. There are even one or two photographs taken by myself. It is an honor to see my name in such great comapny!
The text delves into the historical and operational details of each of the Georgia Pacific railroad properties. The research is quite thorough and detail oriented. The placement of the photogrphs throught the book are well thought out and add greatly to the stories being told.
Particularly pleasing are the quality of the maps as well as the separate section for locomotive rosters. The page layout is tasteful throughout the book...all 464 pages in fact. White River Publications did a wonderful job with this book.