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By Alden A. Armstrong

The Rocky Mountain Railroad Club is known for organizing some of the greatest trips over the Colorado narrow gauge lines, and their annual Memorial Day rail excursions were legendary.

In an era when railfans donned suit and tie to chase trains, carried their trusty Brownie and Speed Graphic cameras, and counted their exposures more carefully than their lunch money, a young Stan Rhine ponied up his 20 bucks and joined the fun. Rubbing elbows with other club members like Otto Perry, Richard Kindig, Mac Poor and Bob Richardson, Dr. Rhine captured shots of both familiar and vanished locations on film. For the first time in print, he tells the story of these start-of-summer weekend rail jaunts. He also touches on some of the club's other narrow gauge excursions and, as a bonus, gives us the story of the last narrow gauge passenger train movement from Alamosa.

112 pages, Color & B&W, Softcover.
Along the Old West Shore; Weehawken to Buffalo
By John M. Ham w/Gene Dauner and Jerry Clearwater
The New York, West Shore & Buffalo Rwy. A pictorial review of the nearly 500 mile Rr that stretched across New York State from the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes. NYC-the west shore. 311 pages, B&W and Color, Hardcover.


Amtrak's Coast Starlight
Route Map; Seattle to Los Angeles. Including Cascades to Vancouver BC. Surfliners to San Diego. Sonrisa Publications, Softcover.


Amtrak’s Empire Builder
Route Map; Seattle/Portland to Chicago. Sonrisa Publications, Softcover.


Big Hooks; V.2, Cranes & Pile Drivers
By Louis A. Marre
An overlooked piece of essential railroad equipment that had to be ready to go to work at a moment’s notice, nearly all of America’s railroads owned a wrecking crane or “big hook.” In this pictorial, we cover this specialized equipment, whether working in carriers such as Santa Fe and Union Pacific, to shortline railroads such as the Alabama, Tennessee & Northern. 96 pages, Horizontal Format, Mostly Color, Softcover.
Big Steam is Back
Bold, beautiful, and powerful, steam locomotives have captivated children and adults alike for generations. From the editors of Trains magazine, Big Steam is Back features 11 well-known locomotives from across the United States and their individual journeys to restoration. This special 100-page edition includes the restored Norfolk & Western Class J No. 611, widely considered to be the best and most powerful locomotive ever built, the colorful Southern Pacific 4449, and an update on the much-anticipated completion of Big Boy 4014. Softcover.
BNSF Loco Directory 2015-2016
By P.Withers and P.Wester
BNSF Locomotive Directory covering the motive power changes during the 2015-(June) 2016 period. Following the layout of other directories, this book presents the data in a unit-by-unit listing, using official BNSF records. Additions, retirements and renumberings to BNSF’s locomotive fleet are all covered. 176 pages, Softcover, 6”x9” Vertical Format, 200 Color Photos.
C&O Railway 1961-1981 The Decades of Change In Color
By T.W. Dixon, Jr.
This new book tells the story of the tumultuous years from the beginnings of the B&O affiliation, through Chessie System, up to CSX. These decades saw the shift from first generation to third generation diesels, and the complete shift in operational methods. It begins with an overview of the railroad situation in 1960 and how C&O fit into it, as well as a description of the B&O affiliation. It traces the metamorphosis from the 5,100-mile C&O of 1960 up to the beginnings of the giant CSX merger.
The story is told in high-quality color photos, as well as maps, drawings, and other illustrations that help to tell the complete story of the changes wrought over this 20 year period.
This is an era remembered by many COHS members today who were active railfans and modelers in this very era.
The period was marked by the decline and end of passenger service and the tectonic shifts in transportation routes as interstate highways took an ever increasing toll on railroad traffic and revenues. It traces the beginnings of a resurgence that would find full-flower in the 1980s. 140 pages, Color, Hardcover.

Evolution of the Santa Fe 4-8-4 V14
by Jeff Ainsworth
This book highlights the changes and modifications experienced by the 3751 Class. All 14 locomotives (3751-3764) were delivered by Baldwin Locomotive Works. Thirteen were delivered between 1927 and 1929, the last 3764 was delayed nearly a year installing and perfecting the Caprotti - type Poppet valve gear. In addition information is included covering the other 3 Classes of Santa Fe 4-8-4s, 3765, 3776 and 2900 classes. Soft cover.


Forest Rails: Georgia-Pacific's Railroads
by Russell Tedder
ForestRails is a story of railroads and the role they played in the growth of Georgia-Pacific, a major forest products company. From the early beginnings, railroads have been absolutely essential in the delivery of raw materials and shipment of finished products of the forests. Such was the case with Georgia-Pacific’s railroads. Just as man does not live on bread alone, railroads could not survive without freight to haul. Thus it is necessary for this story to also tell the parallel stories of G-P’s acquisitions that included the railroads. Georgia-Pacific aptly described itself as the growth company over the years. Beginning in 1927 as a small lumber dealer, the company grew in the last half of the 20th century to become one of the leading manufacturers and distributors of forest products. Georgia-Pacific’s phenomenal growth was mainly through acquisitions of existing companies which included extensive railroad logging and short line railroad operations. By 1900 lumbermen had recognized the efficiency of a steel wheel on a steel rail and the number of logging railroads grew rapidly. The coming of the railroads freed lumbermen from being tied to the river banks and dependency on weather conditions. Railroad logging could be operated year round with little or no interruptions from the weather. Railroads also made large areas of timber accessible that could not have been logged before. G-P’s acquisitions have included 16 common-carrier short line railroads and five major private logging operations. Each short line was a separate subsidiary company of Georgia-Pacific. Although governed by boards of directors, the short lines were separately operated at arms-length due to government regulations. The author does not purport to analyze the financial and economic aspects of the Georgia-Pacific railroads. Although the railroads were profitable, it would be impossible to quantify the precise economic benefit of the railroads to G-P from financial statements alone. Instead, the operational characteristics of the railroads and, more importantly, their vital support of the logistics processes of the company’s mills, plants, and distribution systems are explored in depth. To be included in this story, a railroad must have been owned or operated by G-P at some time during its existence. The history of each railroad is then told from its beginning. Certain unique and creative arrangements for preserving rail service at mills on non-company railroads are also discussed. This story is an important part of American business history. Color and B&W, 464 pages, Hardcover.


From Main Lines to Logging Lines : West Coast Steam Railroading in the 1950s
By Charles H. Givens
What heady times existed for the railfan in the early 1950s. Steam was still king (although diesels were making their presence felt), short lines abounded, and there were still important logging lines feeding the Northwest mainlines. Even the SP narrow gauge was busy. Come ride with us now as we share Charles Givens’s 1950s pilgrimage to these citadels of steam railroading, from the mighty SP and Santa Fe to the always-runner-up WP, to the Georgia Pacific and the Arcata and Mad River, and many other stops that help us realize what railroading was like to the young fan of the day. Were that we could have been there with him. 128 pages, 223 Color photos, 10 B&W photos, Hardcover.


From The Midwest to Florida by Rail 1875-1979, V. 2
By Chuck Blardone
Vol. 2 covers NYC-Q&C-SR-Frisco-Amtrak-PRR "Shadow Service," with other sections, including artwork. The very intertwined subject matter meant that complete coverage of any single railraod was not possible in a single volume. 284 pages, B&W, Hardcover.

Illinois Central Gulf 1972-1988; Train operations in the Midwest
By James Lewnard
Featured in this title by author James Lewnard are hundreds of never before published photos plus maps presented in vivid color. Each photograph is comprehensively captioned. The photographic timeline stretches from the 1972 Illinois Central/Gulf, Mobile &Ohio merger until the “unmerger” in February 1988. The introduction reflects on the policies and decisions that affected the operation of the Illinois Central Gulf as well as changes that were never completed. Also included is a IC transit in the Chicago area and an early Amtrak chapter. Hardcover, All Color, 144 page.
Milwaukee Road Passenger Trains: Volume 3
By John F. Strauss, Jr.
Following his first two outstanding Milwaukee Road passenger train titles, noted author, John F. Strauss, Jr., presents his third book. This title features The Arrow, Southwest Limited, Midwest Hiawatha, Overland Route Streamliners, plus Milwaukee Road and Metra Commuter operations Featured are actual passenger train consists, passenger terminal arrival-departure schedules and much more. Each photo is very comprehensively captioned. Hardcover, Color & B&W, 136 page.
Minnesota Railroad Maps
55 pages, Softcover. Includes BNSF, CN,CP, UP and Short Lines
Nickel Plate Steam 1957-1958
By Robert P. Olmsted
The newest book from Robert P. Olmsted features 75 color photos of Nickel Plate steam-powered freights taken during 1957 and 1958 at Calumet Yard in Chicago, Hammond, Indiana, Bellevue, Ohio, and a number of other locations in between. You ll get plenty of steam action, lots of smoke, freight cars, semaphore signals, detail photos and beautiful midwestern vistas captured on Kodachrome more than 50 years ago! The S-2 Berkshires held down fast freight assignments on the NKP's Chicago and Fort Wayne Divisions right up to the end of steam and these Lima 2-8-4's built during World War II made for one of the most exciting shows in the midwest at the time. 48 pages, Softcover.
Norfolk and Western Six-Eleven; Three Times a Lady
By Tim R. Hensley and Ken L. MIller
Built in 1950, the 611 is the last operating Class J locomotive in existence. It was retired in 1959, put on display in a museum, later pulled out of the museum and restored to operating condition to pull excursion trains. The 611 was a familiar sight as it hauled the Powhatan Arrow along the N&W mainline through Bluefield, Williamson, Kenova and other southern West Virginia communities until retired again in 1985. This book offers a detailed history of the historic locomotive, with an emphasis on the painstaking process involved in bringing her back to life for a second time in 2015 when she was again restored and returned to the tracks. Color and B&W, 96 pages, Hard Cover.
Norfolk Southern Locomotive Directory 2016-2017
By Paul Withers
Since 1998, Withers Publishing has been producing the most comprehensive directory of Norfolk Southern's varied locomotive fleet. In this edition, we continue a unit-by-unit listing of the railroad's nearly 4,000+ units. 208 pages, All Color, Softcover.
Pennsylvania Railroad Advertising Art 1859-1968
By Chuck Blardone, Featuring the Ed Lied collection
Includes posters, booklets, flyers, timetables, original artwork and various ephemeria. Hardbound, 284 pages, all-color, 11" x 9", 492 Images. All images restored to new or near-new condition, 9x11” Hc 284 pge 492 images, includes, posters, flyers, timetables, original art work.
Pennsylvania RR Lines West V. 3. Crestline to Chicago 1960-1999
By Steve Hipes & David P. Oroszi
The Pennsylvania Railroad Lines West series continues with Volume 3: Crestline to Chicago 1960-1999. Featuring the stunning color photography of Steve Hipes and David Oroszi, this hardcover book covers the eras spanning from the Pennsylvania Railroad through Penn Central to Conrail. Explore the mainline from Chicago via Fort Wayne, the Grand Rapids & Indiana to Mackinaw City, the Toledo and Sandusky branches, and much more. 160 pages, All Color, Softcover.
Pennsylvania RR; Shamokin Branch Ore Trains and Coal Mines
By Dan Marnell and Blake Marnell
190-year comprehensive history of the PRR’s Shamokin Branch dating back to its charter in 1826 as the Danville & Pottsville Railroad. Originally conceived as a portage railroad to link the Schuylkill and Susquehanna rivers, it soon morphed into two coal-hauling lines which supplied the Schuylkill and Susquehanna Branch canals. Following two bankruptcies and reorganizations, the line emerged as the Shamokin Valley & Pottsville Railroad in 1858, retaining this corporate name until the coming of Penn Central. The Conrail-years rate a separate chapter as does the current operator, the Shamokin Valley Railroad. The collieries and coal branches are given extensive coverage. A substantial photo-retrospective of the well-known ore trains that traversed the line during and after World War II is covered in a separate chapter. Motive power and operations get their due throughout. Attention is also given to the Reading and Lehigh Valley railroads wherever they interchanged with or challenged the Pennsy. The book is printed on quality 80-pound sterling gloss paper and features numerous photos, maps, graphs, and drawings (many of them in color). Attention is also given to the towns and the peoples who settled them, whose common experiences, despite diverse backgrounds, created what some scholars have called a "Coalcracker Culture. A DVD is also included with the book. It contains ICC maps of the Northumberland yards, rail lines in Sunbury, the SV&P, and the Lehigh Valley/PRR Mount Carmel yards, as well as a number of USGS maps of the area. 806 pages, Hardcover.
Railroad Pit Stops
By Robert P. Olmsted
Spanning a nearly 40-year period from 1948 to 1984, legendary photographer Robert P. Olmsted visited engine terminals and roundhouses from Ohio to Nebraska, including brief visits to Canada and Mexico. This book showcases his rich black and white photography, featuring beautiful portraits of steam and diesel locomotives.. 56 pages, B&W, Softcover.

Railroads of Milwaukee; Steam, Diesel, Electrics, Lake Boats
By John Kelly
John Kelly explores the fascinating history of the city's railroads, starting with the Milwaukee & Waukesha in 1847. By 1873 the Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway—later the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific ("The Milwaukee Road") opened a line to Chicago and the railroad was on its way. The Milwaukee Shops and the Hiawatha legend, Skytops and Super Domes, and the story behind designer Brooks Stevens, are also featured. Kelly supplies copious data on not only the Milwaukee Road, but also the Chicago & NorthWestern's freight and passenger service, including the 400 fleet. Kelly also writes about the Chicago North Shore and Milwaukee Railroad, America's Fastest Interurban, the Skokie Valley Route and Electroliners. In the Milwaukee Electric Railway & Light Company section, he reviews streetcars, interurbans and trackless trolley buses. With the inclusion of the Lake Boats, the Pere Marquette, Chesapeake & Ohio, and Grand Trunk Western RR’s also come into the picture. In addition the book covers the Beer Line and the breweries, Milwaukee's meatpacking industry, Milwaukee's railroad stations and freight yards— a recipe for some great railroad reading. Generously illustrated with 135 color and 362 black and white photos, maps and drawings, this limited edition volume will be available in hardcover and is a treasured keepsake for your library. 264 pages, 68 in full color, 135 Color and 362 B&W photos, Hardcover.


Railway Prototype Cyclopedia V. 33
Pullman Heavyweight Sleeping Cars, Part 4 (193 pages)
by Patrick C. Wider
Continuing an early RP CYC series covering American conventional heavyweight sleeping cars, the article describes the heavyweight sleeping cars built and modified by the Pullman Company over a span of forty-plus years. The article features nearly 400 spectacular Kodachrome photographs taken by the late Dick Kuelbs in the early 1960s around Dallas, Fort Worth, and New Orleans. The accompanying photo captions include a brief history of each car as well much useful modeling information obtained from Tom Madden’s magnum opus The Pullman Project website. In many cases, both sides of the same car are shown for modeling purposes. The article ends with a comprehensive bibliography pertaining to Pullman heavyweight sleeping cars. Dick’s all-color Kodachrome photos include cars lettered or decorated for A&WP, ACL, AT&SF, C&NW, CB&Q, CRI&P, D&RGW, DL&W, FW&D, IC, L&N, M-K-T, MP, NP, PRR, SAL, SL-SF, Southern, SP, T&P, UP, and, of course, Pullman (Pullman Green as well as two-tone grey). The photos are arranged in approximate alphabetical order covering Pullman sleepers Alpine Buttercup to Zephyr Tower and many in between. Virtually all of these photos have never been published before.


Railway Prototype Cyclopedia V. 34
Pullman Heavyweight Sleeping Cars, Part 4 (193 pages)
by Patrick C. Wider
Volume 34 of RP CYC is a special expanded 193-page publication that provides updates and 480 additional photographs and diagrams applicable to 39 previously-published articles that were not available when Volumes 1-33 were released. Also included are two new tables, eight trade advertisements, a revised roster, and a list of corrections, and additional information made available during the intervening years. 193 pages, B&W, few color photos, Softcover.


Reading Railroad V. III
by Benjamin L. Bernhart.
This publication is the most extensive photographic essay ever produced documenting the route of Reading Railroad Main Line between Valley Forge and Douglassville. The book includes a look at the Port Richmond Branch, the tug boats operated by the Reading, Valley Forge, Phoenixville, Black Rock Tunnel, Cromby, Mingo, Royersford, Aramingo, Linfield, Sanatoga, Pottstown and Stowe. 464 pages, 897 Illustrations, High quality book printed on 80 pound sterling gloss paper, Hardcover.


Shortlines of the Desert Southwest
by Jim Shaw
This second title by noted rail photographer, Jim Shaw, features an in depth look at the many shortlines operated in the Desert Southwest; Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah between the early 1960s and present. There are nearly thirty shortlines presented by geographical areas. Each is presented with a brief history and the many vivid color and crisp black and white photographs are comprehensively captioned. This lavishly illustrated book has a limited print run so don’t miss out. There have been many days and long hours spent searching for, chasing and photographing these elusive shortline trains. Many operate only once a day or even a couple of days per week—not the easiest train chasing! In this new title the author presents a great look at these historic and colorful shortlines. 192 pages, B&W and Color, Hard Cover.


Snow Fighters V. 1
By Paul K. Withers
An overlooked piece of essential railroad equipment that had to be ready to go to work at a moment’s notice, nearly all of America’s railroads owned equipment to remove snow. In this pictorial, we cover this specialized equipment. This volume will cover railroads A-D. Including: Santa Fe, Burlington Norther, BNSF, Canadian Pacific, Canadian National, Denver and Rio Grande Western and many more. 96 pages, 150+ B&W and Color Photos, Horizontal Format, Softcover.

Southern Pacific Freight Car Painting & Lettering Guide
By Dick Harley & Anthony W. Thompson
This guide has been designed as a companion to the Southern Pacific Painting & Lettering Guide for locomotive and passenger cars published by the SPH&TS in 2013. It illustrates how Southern Pacific (and subsidiaries) owned freight cars were painted and lettered over the years, as well as PMT trucking equipment used in TOFC service and rail cars from wholly-owned rail car leasing companies Evergreen and Golden West. Extensive coverage of painting and lettering practices for Pacific Fruit Express equipment is also included. Coverage begins with the emergence of Common Standard practices in the 1880s (1906 for PFE) and continues through 1996. All information in this volume is based on official SP and Pacific Fruit Express, car and locomotive builder documents, plans and drawings. This book will be useful as a tool for historians and modelers. 11" x 8 1/2" library bound, full color throughout. 192 pages, Hardcover.
Southern Pacific Water Lines, Bay & River Operations of the Southern Pacific System
By David F. Myrick
An overview of the history, operations, legend, and lore of SP's various steamship, ferry and river operations including the Morgan Line to New York, Louisiana and California ferry and riverboat operations and SP's various construction "navies". Appendix, bibliography and index. Hardcover 132 pages, Color and B&W
The Burlington Route in Focus; The Granger Country Photography of Russell Lee & Esther Bubley.
By James Reisdorff & M.M. Bartlels
Photos that encompass the entire region the Burlington served and the people who lived and worked there. Softcover 104 pages, B&W
The McCloud River Railroads
By Jeff Moore
The McCloud River country, south and east of towering Mt. Shasta, was one of the premier potential logging territories of California in the late 19th century. A number of small operators were already in the area, though limited by inadequate transportation, when the McCloud River Lumber Company was incorporated in 1896. The following year, the McCloud River Railroad Company was begun by the same owners.
From its inception,into the 1950s, the McCloud lumber mill was busy, and contributed steady traffic to the railroad. But as the available timber harvest declined, the lumber company and its railroad were sold to United States Plywood in 1963. The remnants of log movement by rail were terminated, and both timber harvest and railroad operations altered. In 1967, U.S. Plywood merged with Champion Paper, and a few years later the merged entity became Champion International.
Leasing company Itel purchased a number of shortline railroads in the late 1970s, including the McCloud River Railroad. Some of those lines primarily served as lessors of Incentive Per Diem or IPD box cars (as did the McCloud), but the large, well-equipped railroad shop at McCloud was an additional attraction for the leasing company.
The boom in IPD boxcar leasing was lucrative for a time, but virtually collapsed by 1981. At around the same period, the timber industry all but departed from the McCloud River country, removing the primary freight traffic from the railroad. In 1992, Itel sold the railroad to the Forbis family. They incorporated a new company, the McCloud Railway Company, to conduct operations, and continued through 2008, including the popular Shasta Sunset Dinner Train. But by 2009 traffic had all but vanished, and most of the railroad was scrapped. Included here are more than 385 photographs, many in color and published for the first time, and 41 maps and drawings. The book contains detailed chapters on the history of the different periods of the railroad operation. Traffic data, rosters of locomotives and rolling stock, and financial data are also included. Maps were drawn by John R. Signor using information from the author, with an endsheet map also by Signor. Shortline fans everywhere, and particularly those enthused about logging operatioins, will be enthralled with this book, but the McCloud’s mainline connections mean that many fans of Western railroading will find it interesting and enjoyable too.

368 pages, 385 Photos, 41 Maps, Hardcover