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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.
Terminal Railroad Association St. Louis; Historical & Technical Society Issue
Is. 77 Summer 2017
The Blvd of Steel; The Zipper & other C&EI trains and tailes. Sc 152 pge b&w/color
BNSF Railway; The First Decade. V.1 Historical review 1995-2005
By Del Grosso
This nice book features BNSF's first decade (1995-2005); lots of text, photos, tables, and division maps. Included are photos of many freight cars as well as engines and trains. A must for the BNSF fan.
128 pages, All Color, Hardcover.
C&O Rwy Series #1, C&O K-4 Class 2-8-4 Steam Locos
By T.W. Dixon, Jr.
Complete history of the C&O's famous K-4 Kanawha types, probably the most versatile of all C&O steam classes. Operated between 1943 and 1956, they handled fast freight, mainline coal trains, branch line coal trains, local freights, and passenger trains on almost every part of the C&O system. This book gives diagrams of all orders encompassing the 90 locomotives, an HO scale mechanical drawing by Bob Hundman, and detailed history of the operations of these engines throughout their lives, illustrated by over 110 photos. Map and many tables of specifications are included. This is the complete story. 79 pages, B&W, Softcover.
C&O Railway Series #19, C&O Cranes
By William C. Stone
This book covers all the C&O's wreck cranes, and other styles used in general operations in the 20th century. These cranes range in size from 60-tons to the giant 250-ton lift capacity. Many photos and diagrams/drawings not only document C&O's fleet of cranes, but also illustrate the technology of the crane as a piece of railroad equipment, showing how they were built and how they were used. All the nomenclature pertinent to cranes as a type, and for those used by C&O is covered. This book should give the modeler what is needed to adapt off-the-shelf models to C&O prototypes right down to accurate decals to letter them. Cranes have seldom been covered in our magazine. That is now corrected by this comprehensive history. 79 pages, B&W, Softcover.
Colorado Rail Annual #32; San Luis Central- Greeley East-Arkansas Valley
Here are three unusual “Colorado Railroads Without Mountains.” The 15-mile San Luis Central has faithfully served a rich agricultural district in the San Luis Valley for over a century, owning only three locomotives during its lifetime. Having outlived many more famous lines, its full history is presented here for the first time by John Gruber and John Ryan. Union Pacific’s Greeley branch tapped a rich sugar beet growing area, and its fortunes rose and fell along with the once important Colorado sugar industry. Historian Kenton Forrest gives a complete account of the railroad line and the area it served for many years. The Arkansas Valley Railway is famous for being the first Colorado railroad abandonment. Author Robert W. McLeod provides a detailed history of the important role it played at the dawn of the railroad era in the West. 210 pages, Color & B&W, Hardcover.
Milwaukee Road Diesel Locomotives V. 3
By Thomas Strauss
This is the third volume of a set which features Milwaukee Road Locomotives in depth. There are many photographs, action as well as roster shots, both historic black & white and vivid color, featuring diesel locomotives built by Alco, Baldwin, and Fairbanks-Morse. All are represented, Passenger Diesels, Freight Units, Road Switchers and Yard Switchers. There is a chapter on F-M C-Liner and Train Master
Demonstrators, as well as 44-Ton and 80-Ton Switchers. Included are complete diesel locomotive rosters, a photo index, as well as locomotive dispositions. This title is written by Thomas Strauss, a retired Milwaukee Road engineer who worked very closely with all of these locomotive types.
184 pages, Color & B&W, Hardcover.
Pickle and Vinegar Makers of the Midwest; The History & Operations of Two Fascinating Industries
By David J. Leider
Finally- A book about the pickle and vinegar industries. Both pickle and vinegar companies are featured - the major players, their history, operations and cars. Special attention is given to Michigan and Wisconsin, with charts of where cucumbers were grown, cities with pickle and vinegar factories and their relationship to Chicago - at one time the leading maker of pickles and vinegar. Author David Leider has written articles on pickle and vinegar cars and operations for several model railroad magazines, and presented numerous clinics on pickle and vinegar operations.
140 pages, Color & B&W, Softcover.
Southern Pacific Trainline
Winter 2018 #184
Working on the Railroad. The Park & Ocean Railroad. SP’s Toledo Branch and more.
Wabash Railroad Color Pictorial
By J. David Ingles
This new book by nationally known editor and photographer J. David Ingles features over 450 color photos, virtually all unpublished, from the mid-1950s past the 1964 Norfolk & Western merger. Coverage stretches from Buffalo to Kansas City with emphasis on Detroit, central Illinois, and St. Louis. included is a thumbnail history of the Wabash Railroad, and photo galleries featuring Wabash depots, passenger cars, freight cars, plus an index and system map.
144 pages, All Color, Hardcover.