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New Book from
White River Publications

The Great Northern
by Richard Yaremko
Retail $79.95 Ours $61.98

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This is an all-color pictorial of James J. Hill's Great Northern Railway. Formed from a pair of bankrupt startup Minnesota railroads in 1878, Hill and his partners went on to acquire and build, with private money, what would become a railroad empire. First as the St. Paul, Minneapolis & Manitoba then, after reorganization, renamed the Great Northern Railway in 1890. Hill's investors would never have to contend with another financial failure. Hill's railroad construction enterprise expanded beyond Minnesota to connect the Duluth-Superior Lakehead to the west coast at Everett, Washington, followed by a north-south link connecting Vancouver, British Columbia, with Seattle, Portland, and California.

Chapter 1: Mesabi Division; Chapter 2: Twin City Terminals;
Chapter 3: Willmar Division; Chapter 4: Dakota Division;
Chapter 5: Minot Division; Chapter 6: Butte Division;
Chapter 7: Kalispell Division; Chapter 8: Spokane Division;
Chapter 9: Cascade Division East; Chapter 10: Cascade Division West;
Chapter 11:
Klamath Division

   

New Book from
4 Ways West Publications

Soo Line/CP Rail In The Twin Cities;
A Color Pictorial
by Dean Freimund
Retail $59.95 Ours $47.95

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Study and savor many colorful, dramatic images of Soo Line and CP Rail operations in the Twin Cities and outlying terminals from 1985-2015. A former employee who worked the extra board for ten years examines many of the locomotives and most of the jobs and the routes over which the crews hauled freight, interchanged cars with other railroads and serviced customers throughout the beautiful and busy service area.

   

New Book from
White River Publications

Denver & Rio Grande The Early Years
by Mallory Hope Ferrell
Retail $79.95 Ours $61.98

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It was a glorious period that has been termed the days of “wooden cars and iron men.” Today it is difficult to even comprehend the tremendous amounts of energy, manpower and money that went into constructing the Denver & Rio Grande into and across the Rocky Mountains. The courage, determination and sheer guts of such an undertaking are impressively apparent today on the two remaining portions of three-foot gauge trackage out of Durango, Colorado and Chama, New Mexico.

By 1883, Palmer’s “Narrow Gauge Transcontinental” mainline stretched 771 miles from Denver to Ogden. The Pullman sleeper-equipped Pacific Express (westbound) and the eastbound Atlantic Express operated on a forty-one and a-half hour schedule and was trailed by “named” parlor cars.

Elsewhere, on the Cumbres Pass line in southern Colorado and northern New Mexico, the daily Colorado & New Mexico Express ran in both directions between Salida, Alamosa and Durango, with a helper being added for the 14 miles of steep four-percent grade between Chama and the 10,015-foot summit at Cumbres.

A hike along the abandoned grades over Marshall, Cerro Summit and Poncha Pass is sure to bring visions of a small 2-8-0 Consolidation and a diminutive 4-6-0 Ten-Wheeler as they blasted upgrade with an 1890s varnish run. You can almost hear the double header’s exhaust, smell the coal smoke mixed with valve oil and feel the saturated steam as the consist passes.

After over 60 years of research and what the late Robert W. Richardson termed “picture hunting”, this book is a pictorial history of the D&RG’s narrow gauge. The Rio Grande Glory Days are preserved here in rare old photographs and art. Climb aboard for the ride of your life as we relive the days when the world and the Rio Grande were young. Almost every quality photograph available from 1873 to 1921 has been included in this volume. No Rio Grande or early railroading enthusiast will want to be without Ferrell's 22nd (and last) book.320 pages, 650 Rare Photos, Hardcover.

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