Second edition of local railroad book is published |

Second edition of local railroad book is published

The second edition of Nevada City author Robert M. (Bob) Wyckoff’s “Never Come, Never Go!,” the story of Nevada County’s narrow gauge railroad, was released last Tuesday. The first edition was printed in 1986.

“I want to share my more than 40 years experience studying and writing about area history. There are many folks unfamiliar with the recent past. I particularly want to give our newer residents a look at our fabled Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad,” said Wyckoff, a retired newspaper reporter, photographer, editor and former publisher of The Nevada City Independent.

Wyckoff also writes a biweekly history column for The Union which runs on Saturdays. “With the opening of Nevada City’s railroad and transportation museum, there has been renewed interest in the railroad’s history,” Wyckoff added.

The 100-page paperback’s beginning contains a history of the “Never Come, Never Go” railroad by railroad historian Gilbert H. Kneiss, followed by a section of reminiscences by the late Bob Paine, who was the railroad’s last freight and passenger agent.

Included in this potpourri of “Narrowgaugeana” are accounts of the streetcar line; the Glenbrook race track; the demise of the high trestle, which was blown up to make way for Rollins Dam; the musical play based on the railroad, “Engine #5 Returns!” and a section about the new railroad museum.

Included are sketches by Albert Krebs, who also did the color cover painting.

“Never Come, Never Go!,” is available at area bookstores, the Traction Co. shop and the Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum gift shop.

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