Allan D. Krieg, a nationally known railroad buff, historian and writer, has died. He was 74.
Krieg, who had lived in Pasadena for 34 years, died Friday of complications of Parkinson's disease in an Oceanside hospital near his retirement home in Carlsbad.
Growing up in Coeur D'Alene, Idaho, Krieg became fascinated with "big engines that move." During summers of his years at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash., he worked as a railroad brakeman.
When Krieg served in the Army in India during World War II, he made a memorable trip on a two-foot cog railway up the Himalayas to Darjeeling tea plantations. He wrote his first published story about that adventure.