Pere Marquette 1225 (Images of Rail)

October 31, 2020
Pere Marquette 1225 (Images of Rail)

Images of Rail: Pere Marquette 1225 presents the history ofsteam locomotive 1225, one of 39 Berkshire Class 2-8-4's builtbetween 1937 and 1944 for the Pere Marquette Railway.Although it is best known for being the sound and image behindthe movie adaptation of Chris Van Allsburg's The Polar Express,1225 has a rich history that preceded a life as a movie star. Fromher construction at Lima Locomotive Works and important role inhauling material from factories to the front in World War II to herunlikely preservation on Michigan State University's campus andeventual restoration, the history of 1225 covers nearly 75 years.The locomotive is now housed at the Steam Railroading Institute inOwosso, Michigan, and the story behind it will take readers back toa time when whistles in the night charged the imagination and theUnited States truly was the "Arsenal of Democracy."This title was written and researched by T.J. Gaffney, formerexecutive director of the Steam Railroading Institute and owner ofStreamline Historic Services, and Dean Pyers, a manufacturingengineer at General Motors and longtime volunteer at the SteamRailroading Institute. Gaffney's other Arcadia titles include Railsaround the Thumb and Port Huron: 1880-1960. A portion of theauthors' proceeds will go toward keeping the 1225 operational.