The Ol’ Hook and Eye – A History of the Kishacoquillas Valley Railroad
by John G. Hartzler. A charming backwoods railroad that ran in beautiful central Pennsylvania, the Kishacoquillas Valley Railroad was known as “the short line with the long name,” and it’s no wonder that local residents cooked up their own nicknames – “the Lofty Vanderbilt,” the “Hair Line” or the “Ol’ Hook & Eye” – reflecting its character and country mystique. For 47 years (1893-1940) this standard-gauge railroad hauled passengers and freight between Belleville and Reedsville, a distance of only nine miles. For the last 12 of those years, KV passenger service extended an additional seven miles from Reedsville to the Pennsylvania mainline at Lewistown Junction via trackage rights on the PRR’s Milroy Branch.
This, the second edition of The Ol’ Hook & Eye, has been completely revised by the author with a wealth of new information and photographs. It is the most complete authoritative history of the KV railroad to date. A book you will read time and again, it is a perfect addition to the bookshelf of historians and railfans alike.
- Double the content! (408 pages)
- Twice the photographs! (290)
- Complete Equipment Rosters
- Maps & Track Plans
- Passenger & Freight Statistics
- Financial Records
- Summary of Area Railroads