Written by longtime C&NW observer and historian Bruce C Nelson, the 160-page, all-color softcover book contains more than 280 photos and illustrations, plus accounts by former FRVR employees, that tell the story of this notable and short lived C&NW spinoff.
The origins, operations and dissolution of the modern Fox River Valley Railroad are closely tied to its relationship with the Chicago & North Western Railway. The two roads were closely entwined, ranging from the physical property to the majority of the rolling stock, and culminating with FRVR’s ultimate absorption by and contribution to a railroad system conceived and run by a former North Western executive. Ranging from the paint scheme worn by most FRVR locomotives, the immediate predecessor of almost all of its lines, or the complex palling exercises used to market the property, this book revolves as much around C&NW’s fortunes and business plan during the 1980s and 1990s as it does the Fox River Valley and the Wisconsin Central.
This is must have book for anyone interested in the railroad history of Wisconsin’s Fox River Valley area.