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Amtrak By The Numers: 2
By Elbert Simon, David C. Warner & Kevin EuDaly
White River Productions presents the second edition comprehensive roster of Amtrak's passenger cars and motive power, fully illustrated with a mixture of lineside scenes and roster views. Roster information is presented in a spreadsheet format with introductory text, grouped by major categories such as steam-heated cars, Heritage fleet, Amfleet, Superliners, diesel locomotives, and electric locomotives.
Additions from the first edition:
• Expanded coverage: 1971-2022
• All new photos, none from the first edition
• Extensively updated rosters and compact tables
• The most complete record of Amtrak equipment
• More than 660 all-color photos
256 pages, Hardcover.



A Railroad Life: On the road with Mike Bednar V. 3
By Mike Bednar
Mike Bednar started his career in the 1960s on Lehigh Valley, running through Conrail and Reading & Northern into the 1980s. He knows railroading inside and out, from dispatching busy main lines to running heavy tonnage over the mountains. His storytelling with a touch of humor will make you feel like you're sitting right there with him in the tower, diesel cab, or caboose. This new hardcover edition is illustrated with more than 175 rare color images of Northeastern railroad action. 384 pages, B&W and Color, Hardcover.


Delaware & Hudson Cabooses
By Rudy Garbely
The second book from author Rudy Garbely covering the Delaware & Hudson, this title is the definitive guide to the railroad’s cabooses from the 1950s through the 1990s. It includes all 15 classes of D&H diesel-era cabooses, plus the cabooses of D&H subsidiaries Greenwich & Johnsonville and Napierville Junction. The book is complete with the histories of each class, specifications and mechanical data, and firsthand stories from D&H employees that worked on them. This material is supplemented with over 300 photos, several original D&H car diagrams, and a detailed roster. 192 pages, Hardcover.



New York Central Chatham Crossing Featuring Photos of D.R. (Bob) McCulloch years 1955 to 2007
By Georrge Povall
East of the Hudson River, Chatham, NY was once an epicenter of railroad activity with lines radiating in all four directions. This book covers the New York Central’s Boston and Albany and Harlem Divisions activity at Chatham and vicinity from 1955 to 1968. Then came Penn Central from 1968 to 1974 and Conrail from 1974 to 1999. Eventually, the beginning of the CSX era appeared from 1999 to 2007. This book also offers a glimpse into the last days of service to Chatham by the Rutland Railroad. 80 pages, Color, Photos, Maps, Softcover.


New York Susquehanna & Western Volume 2
By Jon Berkemeyer
The second in a series of titles covering the Susquehanna from the 1940s through 1990s, this book features over 150 previously unpublished black & white and color photos covering the railroad’s east end. Coverage includes both freight and passenger operations from the railroad’s earliest diesel operations through its rebirth in the 1980s as a regional carrier. Railfan favorite locations like Pompton Junction and Butler are covered in this volume. 80 pages, Softcover.


Oh What a Magnificent New Dawn on the East Broad Top Railroad
By Frank Kyper
Author of three earlier books on the East Broad Top, this book covers the reincarnation of the railroad in the 2020s. It also ties up some loose historical ends, using some newly-available documentation and research, coupled with Kyper’s firsthand recollections of the EBT in the 1950s, to cover previously obscure topics. This book brings the written history of the EBT up to present by filling in historical gaps. Full of black & white photography, this book is a must-have for any EBT or narrow-gauge collector! 108 pages, Softcover.


Railroads Illustrated 2023 Annual issue #436
Photo Tribute to CP and KCS
Remnants of the Rio Grande
Rhode Island Railroading
• CSX Action in the Virginias
Memories of the MKT Railroad
Seasonal Day In North America
… and much more!
115 pages, All Color, Softcover.


Railway Prototype Cyclopedia Volume 36
Volume 36 is a second, super-sized edition comprising 385 pages, which contain much useful freight car prototype information in a follow-on, comprehensive volume on the following subject:

Evolution of the A.A.R. 1937 Standard, Steel-Sheathed, Wood-Lined Box Car - Twenty Years of Improvements to the Original Design: this volume is part of our continuing series covering 20th century American box car designs. The 385-page article by Pat Wider centers on the improvements made to the Association of American Railroads 1937 Standard Box Car over a twenty-year period. These improvements included increased inside height; better riding trucks; roller bearings and steel wheels; new vendor-supplied proprietary car body components; wider door openings; improved friction draft gears and cushion underframes; interior load restraints, steel flooring, and better automatic air brake systems. Included is a brief history of the continued standardization and impact of these various freight car sub-systems on the safety and productivity of the railroad industry. The coverage includes industry trade advertisements as well as excerpts from the U.S. patents that covered the various improvements during this period. 

Specifically, Pat’s comprehensive article includes approximately 56 industry trade ads, 60 U.S. patent excerpts, 48 car diagrams, 500 B&W photographs, an extensive bibliography, and a complete detailed roster pertaining to 10-foot, 6-inch (nominal) inside height, A.A.R. Standard, Steel-Sheathed, Wood-Lined Box Cars built from January, 1939, through November, 1963. The article includes extensive information on the relevant box cars for the following railroads: A&WP, AA, ACL, ALTON, AT&SF, BCK, C&O, C&S, CB&Q, CMO, CN, CNW, CP, D&H, D&M, D&TS, DSS&A, DT&I, EJ&E, Erie, FW&D, GEORGIA, GM&O, GOC, GTW, I-GN, IC, IHB, ITC, KCS, KO&G, L&N, LV, M-I, MP, NC&StL, NJI&I, NKP, NP, NS, NYC, P&LE, P&WV, PGE, PRR, RDG, RI, SAL, SL-SF, SOO LINE, SOUTHERN, SP&S, SSW, StLB&M, T&P, THB, WAB, WofA, and WP. Softcover, 385 pages, 500 B&W Images/photos, Drawings, Rosters.


Rio Grande’s K-28 Locomotives
By Jerry Gray
Alco built ten locomotives for Denver & Rio Grande Western in 1923, and three of these remarkable machines still call Durango home, powering the iconic “Silverton” trains since the 1950s. Here is the story of the first modern narrow gauge locomotive on Rio Grande and how it is posed to enter its second century of service. Author Jerry Day spent 45 years compiling information and more than 300 photos, maps, track folios, drawings, and diagrams, including a three-page foldout drawing created by Mike McKenzie for this 200+ page volume. In addition, you will find the history of D&RGW’s purchase of the K-28s, the operational history on the lines they ran, and the history of K-28 snow fighting operations, special passenger runs, wrecks & mishaps, movie appearances, locomotive modifications and changes, and how the K-28s operate today on the Durango & Silverton railroad. Includes an appendix with the complete D&RGW/Alco specs for the locomotives. 200+ pages, 300 Photos, Maps, Drawings, Diagrams + 3 Page fold out drawing, Hardcover.


Rio Grande Steam Finale Narrow gauge RR Photography in Colorado & New Mexico
By Karl Zimmermann & Don Hofsommer
Rio Grande Steam Finale is a spectacular collection of photography showcasing the Denver & Rio Grande Western's narrow-gauge railroads in Colorado and NewMexico, which during the 1950s and 1960s became the last great steam locomotiveshow in North America. Railroad photographers from all over the country came to document, portray, and interpret these lines in their final decades. Drawing from its rich collections of photography by talents such as John Gruber, Richard Steinheimer, Victor Hand, Jim Shaughnessy, and others, the Center for Railroad Photography & Art has gathered the best of their work in this deluxe, hardcover volume. The half-century-old trains are pictured in thrilling action, climbing steep mountain grades, crossing high trestles, winding beside rivers, and traveling vast flatlands. Thundering steam locomotives billow plumes of smoke, some doubled together at the head end and some assisted by rear helpers ahead of timeworn cabooses; they're seen from trackside, from hilltops, from pacing cars,and from inside the cab. Exquisite scenes at day, night, and twilight capture the railroad people, engine houses, rolling stock, lineside structures, and magnificent scenery that shaped the Rio Grande's legendary narrow-gauge system. Riveting essays by noted authors Don Hofsommer and Karl Zimmermann, both of whom experienced the narrow-gauge lines first-hand in the 1960s, provide context and personal insights. The story concludes with a stunning chapter of contemporary photography of the lines that have survived to become today's Durango & Silverton NarrowGauge Railroad and the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad. 228 pages, 200 Photos Color & B&W, Hardcover.


The Model Railroader’s Hand Book
By Gerry Leone
How much time have you wasted searching through piles of reference books and magazines to find that one piece of information that’s vital to a modeling project? The Model Railroader’s Handbook puts all that information in one place! Created as a workbench companion, this comprehensive guide is easy to use, well organized, and to the point. Gerry Leone wrote this book to be the ultimate reference guide, a must-have for modelers of any skill level working in any scale. Some of the useful information in this book include: 

  • How to decipher resistor codes 
  • Overviews of track planning software 
  • Types of benchwork 
  • Programming DCC decoders 
  • Building a helix 
  • Cleaning track 
  • And so much more

288 pages, Softcover.


The Railroads of Port Jervis 1960-1976 Volume 2
By Rudy Garbely
The second in a series of titles covering railroad operations around Port Jervis, New York, this book will cover the time from the Erie Railroad’s merger with the Lackawanna Railroad in 1960 through the Erie Lackawanna’s 1972 bankruptcy up to its merger into Conrail in 1976. This book is illustrated with never-before-seen black and white and color photography, as well as a variety of historic maps. 80 pages, Softcover.


To Puget Sound Electrified
By John Gaertner
A history of the Milwaukee Road’s Coast Division 1905-1980. Many maps and several examples of Milw. Rd RR passenger ads. A number of steam and diesel photos along with many electric photos. 97 pages, B&W w/16 Color Photos, Softcover.


Union Pacific Color Pictorial 1950s-1980s
By Dean Freimund & Joe Shine
This title contains 400 color images ranging from UP’s steam era to the Gas-Turbine-Electric era to UP’s double-diesel era and much more. There are chapters featuring unique locomotives and equipment, and finishing with helper locomotives and cabooses. 144 pages, All Color, Hardcover.