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American Refrigerator Transit
By Stuart T. Maher, G.J. Michels, Jr. and Gene Semon
Among America’s largest operators of refrigerator cars was American Refrigerator Transit. The ART was founded by Jay Gould in 1881 to serve all his railroads of that day, including the Wabash, Missouri Kansas and Texas, and particularly Missouri Pacific and subsidiaries. After 1925, Denver & Rio Grande Western was added. Primary business in the early years was meat transportation, but this gradually shifted to perishables, particularly from Texas and Colorado. Change came in the 1960s. Norfolk & Western took over Wabash in 1964 and in 1969, D&RGW moved its perishable business from ART to Fruit Growers Express. In 1973, Norfolk & Western pulled out of ART, and with the acquisition of Missouri Pacific by Union Pacific in 1983, all remaining ART properties then disappeared into UP.  This large book contains not only a complete history of ART but extensive and thoroughly illustrated information about the refrigerator cars of ART. Rail historians as well as enthusiasts of the Missouri Pacific and Wabash will be fascinated by this book. 240 pages, B&W, Color, Hardcover.


Bay Area to Chicago Route Map
Handy guide to today's passenger trains traveling from the Bay Area to Chicago, via Reno, Salt Lake City, Denver, Omaha and Galesburg. Designed for quick reference in the field or on the train using a narrow format that fits in your pocket or camera bag. Each page highlights approximately 50 miles of track and provides the location of both passenger stops and the host railroad's freight stations along the way. All passenger stations and many other points are identified using GPS coordinates given in latitude and longitude. This allows you to track your progress while travelling on the train with a GPS unit or to catch the train while railfanning trackside. In addition, radio frequencies of road channels used on the route are shown on each page and in an index at the back. 62 pages, B&W, Softcover.


Beebe & Clegg; Their Enduring Photographic Legacy
By John Gruber and John Ryan assisted by Mel Patrick
The book offers insights about the professional and personal lives of the partners who were instrumental in introducing railroad photography and the world of railroading to a wide audience. The new book includes 222 images from the extensive collection at the California State Railroad Museum Library and Archives, many of which have not been published before. 244 pages, B&W, Hardcover.


Building Union Pacific 844; The Birth of the FEF-3 Steam Class
By John E. Bush
Union Pacific Railroad steam locomotive No. 844 continues to be familiar to generations of rail enthusiasts. When erected in December 1944, this 4-8-4 type was the last steam locomotive built for Union Pacific. However, until now, few details were available regarding the day-by-day activity that was involved in the actual construction of 844. This book looks at newly-discovered information about the engine's construction by the American Locomotive Company of Schenectady, N.Y., why it came to be built, how it survived and continue to be active on the Union Pacific roster. 56 pages, B&W, Softcover.


Chicago & North Western Peninsula Division
By James E. Lewnard
Chicago & North Western’s Peninsula Division was built to haul iron ore. For over one hundred and twenty years (the) North Western hauled iron ore from the Marquette and Menominee Iron Ranges to the docks at Escanaba, Michigan for transloading into ore boats. The railroad quickly expanded its service to haul every conceivable commodity as agriculture and industry developed in the Upper Peninsula and the northeast corner of Wisconsin. This book combines a carefully researched history of the railroad’s facilities, equipment, and operations with over 300 black and white and color photographs of trains, stations, and servicing facilities. Detailed photo captions explain the operation of the railroad from Green Bay through Escanaba to Ishpeming, and from Powers through Iron Mountain to Watersmeet, with a special focus on the Escanaba ore docks, industries and mines served in on-line communities, and the operation of passenger trains. 160 pages, 300+ Photos, Color and B&W, Hardcover.


Fifty Years of North American Railroads. V. 2 - The Central Mid-West
By Joe Blackwell
Following the success of our title “50 Years of North American Railroads—Volume 1” our new Second Volume is ready. This 160 page, All Color title features the many railroads fanning out from Chicago to Kansas City and the Mid-West. Not only are the major roads featured, such as CB&Q, GM&O, Santa Fe, IC, ICG, Rock Island, MP, NS, UP, Wabash, N&W, C&EI, CN and KCS, but there are many area short lines included. Don’t miss this fantastic book which includes photos by many famous photographers. 160 pages, Color Photos, A Territory Map of Illinois Missouri & Iowa - Covered in Book, Hardcover.
Greenberg’s Guide; Lionel Trains Pocket Price Guide. 2019 Edition 1901-2019
This is the preferred choice of toy train collectors and operators for accurate pricing information on prewar, postwar, and modern Lionel trains. 440 pages, Softcover.
Historical Inventory of the Union Pacific RR 1946
Listing of agencies, Stations, Locomotives, Equipment etc. Reprint of form 70, Issue #64 Softcover, Horizontal, Spiral Bound. 286 pages, B&W, Softcover.
Maine Central; My Life on the Pine Tree Route 1971-1996
By George Pitarys, railroad Explorer Pub.
The story of the Maine Central in glory years of 70s, 80s and into 90’s by A Maine Central career railroader. 128 pages, Color, Hardcover.
Passenger Train Annual 2018
From editors of Passenger Train Journal
For lovers of passenger rail transport, the 2018 Passenger Train Annual is not to be missed. This year's edition brings you a colorful cross-section of passenger-train operations from the past and present. Featuring:
Amtrak's Southern DNA • by Mike Schafer — An ancestral survey of long-distance trains.
New Trains of 1948 — A bumper crop of new and re-equipped postwar streamliners.
Incredible Journey • by Al Lill with David Walmsley — Creating the private car Pullman Spirit.
All Aboard 1968 — U.S. and Canadian passenger trains from 50 years ago.
The Trams of Hong Kong • by Kevin J. Holland — A living link to the past in an ever-changing city.
Accidental Varnish • by Carl Graves — Passenger trains in unexpected places.
The Centurys No Longer Pass in the Night • by Geoffrey H. Doughty — Recalling a 1969 trip on Penn Central.
96 pages, Color & B&W photos, Softcover.
Photobob’s ESPEE
Images by Robert Morris, Narrative by Robert J. Zenk
• 35 years of the Southern Pacific 
• Coverage from 1960s to 1990s 
• Over 170 B&W photographs 
• 40 full color photographs 
• Narrative text by Bob Zenk 
• 10.5 by 8.5-inch landscape
223 pages, 174 B&W photos, 40 Color photos, 1 image to each page, Softcover
Reading Railroad Book V
By Den Bernhart
Book Contains photos of the Reading RR in the area between Oley Street, Reading, PA and Belt Line Jct. Muhlenberg township which primarily covers the Reading Shop Complex.
4674 pages, Horizontal Format, Hardcover.
Seattle to Los Angeles Route Map
Handy guide to today's passenger trains traveling from Seattle to Los Angeles, via Tacoma, Portland, Eugene, Sacramento, Emeryville, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara. Includes extensions northward to Vancouver, British Columbia, and southward to San Diego. Designed for quick reference in the field or on the train using a narrow format that fits in your pocket or camera bag. Each page highlights approximately 50 miles of track and provides the location of both passenger stops and the host railroad's freight stations along the way. All passenger stations and many other points are identified using GPS coordinates given in latitude and longitude. This allows you to track your progress while travelling on the train with a GPS unit or to catch the train while railfanning trackside. In addition, radio frequencies of road channels used on the route are shown on each page and in an index at the back. 42 pages, B&W, Softcover.


Southland Southern California Railroading in the Golden Age of Kodachrome
By Gordon Glattenberg, Wm. H. Mills and Tom Gilersleeve
The photographic trio began their exploration of the Southland in the early 1950s, when profound societal and technological change began to sweep the Golden State. Beyond the Technicolor dreams Hollywood was sending around the world, citrus groves were steadily giving way to industrialization and suburban sprawl. An expanding web of freeways was turning trolleys into antiques, while colorful new diesel locomotives steadily took the reins from steam's iron horse. Transition was in full flower, providing the authors with intriguing subject matter cast against a wide array of dramatic settings. At a time when most photographers documented the industry in black and white, Gildersleeve, Glattenberg, and Mills made Kodachrome their film of choice, opting for a medium that could realistically capture the full palette of their surroundings. Popular publishing was predominantly a monochrome enterprise, providing few opportunities for color shooters beyond slide shows at private homes and railroad club meetings. It would be the mid-1970s before new technology allowed all three of the authors to reach a wider audience. The decision to concentrate on color photography might be construed as an act of faith, with little reward beyond the satisfaction of a job well done. As this volume will attest, that faith has been rewarded on a grand scale. Some 345 color images invite inspection, the majority of them being published for the first time. Focusing on the years between the mid-1950s and late 1960s, Southland takes the reader on a wide-ranging tour of the region between Bakersfield and the Mexican border. Six chapters and eight detailed maps, with comprehensive captions by award-winning photojournalist Ted Benson, convey the excitement of Southern California railroading in the golden age of Kodachrome. Over 250 action-packed pages depict the full sweep of activity, from Santa Fe Alco PAs and Union Pacific gas-turbine electrics battling Cajon Pass, to Southern Pacific 4449 in the days when the famed steam locomotive was just another Daylight 4-8-4. Red and yellow trolley cars thread the bustling streets of Los Angeles, contrasting with trios of GP9s roaming the wilds of Carrizo Gorge. From busy double-track mountain main lines to thrice-weekly locals in the Mojave Desert, there's something for every reader in the pages of Southland.
Tehachapi & Beyond
• Owenyo Branch • Saugus Line
Los Angeles Basin
The Surf Line
Imperial Gateway
• San Diego & Arizona Eastern • Kaiser Steel • Sunset Route
Cajon Pass
Mojave Crossings
256 pages, Horizontal Format, Outstanding Color Photos, Hardcover.
Southern Pacific in the San Fernando Valley 1876-1996
By David Coscia
Located north of the Los Angeles basin, the San Fernando Valley was home to a portion of both the San Joaquin main line and the Coast main line, and the entire Burbank Branch. The author traces the history of Southern Pacific in the area from the 1850s when it just an idea, the construction of both main lines and the branch line, the operational history of the railroad, and the end of the Southern Pacific in 1996. Iconic locations such as Glendale station, Burbank Junction, and the three tunnels in Chatsworth through Santa Susana Pass were the stomping grounds of both famous and unknown photographers. Many of the photographs are published for the first time. The steam era covers little 4-4-0s to massive cab-forwards. The diesel era covers the freight and passenger locomotives that dieselized the railroad to the end of the line with SD70Ms and AC4400s. One chapter is dedicated to other railroads in the valley including Amtrak, Metrolink, quarry railroads and two monorails. Thirty-two pages of full-color photography from Daylight locomotives to the last days of scarlet and gray. 
480 pages, B&W/Color, Horizontal Format, Hardcover.
SP Trainline; Summer 2018 #136
SP Gallery, Ashland, Oregon Centennial, pp. 2-3;
Modeling the SP, pg. 6;
Bad Night at Wellsona (rear-end collision into the LARK), pp. 7-12;
The STARLIGHT, Trains 94 and 95, SP's "Ghost Daylight", pp. 13-30;
From the Archives (Davis, CA depot 1913), pp. 31-35;
Watsonville Junction in the 1970s, pp. 36-43;
Southern Pacific News Agents, pp. 44-47;
Soo Line/CP Rail In The Twin Cities; A Color Pictorial
By Dean Freimund
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. 144 pages, Map, 400 Color Photos, Hardcover.
The Great Northern
By Richard Yaremko
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. 256 pages, Hardcover.
The Milwaukee Road to the Pacific Northwest;
The Pacific Extension Photography of John W. Barriger III

By Thornton Waite
John W. Barriger III was a well-know and popular railroad official who also was a 'railroad buff' or 'railfan'. He took many photographs in his travels and this title includes photographs he had taken of the Milwaukee Road's Pacific Extension. Also included are photographs from company files and governement files. These photographs were taken in Black & White as color film was not yet available or too new to be used for archival records. Most pages include one B&W photograph with an extensive caption. The locations photographed begin in the Pacific Northwest and end in Aberdeen, South Dakota.106 pages, 102 B&W Photos, Extensive Captions, Map, Softcover.
Wallace W. Abbey A Life in Railroad Photography
By Kevin P. Keefe & Scott Lothers
Photos from 1940s-1970s. Abbey worked for SOO & Milw. and got photos that the average person couldn’t get. Was on staff of Trains in 1950’s.
Excellent b&w photos.
211 pages, B&W Photos, 10 1/2” x 10 1/4”. 211, Hardcover.
West to Omaha; A Concise History of Chicago to Omaha Passenger Train Service 1945-1971
By John Kelly
A concise history of Chicago-Omaha passenger train service, 1945 to 1971.
64 pages, B&W Photos, Softcover.
Wisconsin Railroad Map
Handy guide to today's railroads in Wisconsin noted for their clarity, accuracy and ease of use. Designed for quick reference in the field in a narrow format that fits in your pocket or camera bag. Each page highlights a separate subdivision and follows the line throughout its length, crossing state boundaries as necessary. Nearby abandoned or unused routes are also shown as space allows.

Class Ones: Canadian National • Canadian Pacific • BNSF Railway • Union Pacific
Regionals/Shortlines: East Troy Railroad • Escanaba and Lake Superior • Tomahawk Railroad • Wisconsin Great Northern • Wisconsin Northern • Wisconsin & Southern
49 pages, Softcover.