David Steinberg Has New Book On Chattanooga Transportation

Monday, September 16, 2013

The newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’sImages of America series is Chattanooga’s Transportation Heritage from local author David H. Steinberg on behalf of the Chattanooga Choo Choo. The book bincludes more than 200 vintage images.

Mr. Steinberg at one time operated the trolley at the Chattanooga Choo Choo. He spent many hours at the Chattanooga Library researching the city's early rail history.

He now lives with his family in New York City.

Chattanooga’s 138-year public transportation heritage is a complex and colorful conglomeration of some 32 companies that were initially comprised of horse-drawn streetcar lines.

They were later upgraded to electric traction operations, steam dummy lines and finally to the motor-coach buses of today.

Chattanooga’s transit story has been unique from its inception. Few cities have had any connection to the incline railways that were constructed in this mountainous city, one of which, the famous Lookout Mountain Incline Railway, is still in daily operation. Today’s CARTA transit system has innovated one of the largest fleets of battery-operated electric buses, which other transit companies use as their model for comparison.

Highlights of Chattanooga’s Transportation Heritage include:

  • Rarely seen images, many of which are from the author’s private collection.
  • Depicts the many modes of transportation in Chattanooga throughout time, with several images of old automobiles and buses.
  • Stunning images of the incline railway fire and the electro railway line that existed at Hales Bar Dam.

It is available at area bookstores, independent retailers and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 oronline.

Arcadia Publishing is the leading publisher of local and regional history in the United States.


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