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Boston & Maine Steam Vol.2
By Robert Liljestrand & David Sweetland
Recently published by the B&M Railroad Historical Society, this long-awaited sequel picks up where Volume 1 left off, covering the T-1, R-1, and S-1 class locomotives of the B&M Railroad in its steam-powered heyday, through black & white photos and captions. 48 pages, B&W, Softcover.


Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range Equipment 1883-2004
By Daniel P. Holbrook
As with any railroad, the freight and passenger equipment of the Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range was the lifeblood of its work. The railroad is famous for its traffic in iron ore, but there were other major parts to its traffic also, such as pulpwood. The fleet of cars of the company, its operations, and the history behind it, are the focus of this book. But the car fleet only makes sense in terms of the industries the railroad served, and a rich trove of information on that subject is here too. The author presents more than 350 photos and graphics, most never before published, to show the appearance of a wide variety of these cars. The company traffic information also fills a gap in our knowledge of railroad history, having no prior presentation at this level of detail.  320 pages, 350 B&W/Color Photos, Maps, Drawings/Graphics, Hardcover.


Gulf, Mobile & Ohio; Illustrated Historical Reference
By David M. Johnston
This is three books in one! First, it’s a history book that covers the development of the postwar railroad through the mergers of Gulf, Mobile & Northern, Mobile & Ohio, and The Alton Railroad. Second, it’s a handy reference book, with maps and equipment rosters and descriptions of passenger and freight operations. And third, it’s a fine, entertaining trip over GM&O that you can sit back and savor, with pages of beautiful photographs and detailed descriptions. 192 pages, w/200 Photos, Hardcover.


Iron Horses & Paintbrushes; My Life as a Railroad Man & Artist
By Charles L. Amos w/Brook T. Amos
30 paintings reproduced, most are full page. Most are RR paintings, 10% other items. Painting mostly of steam era of B&O, WM and PRR. Charlie worked for WM, FRA, Fed. Dept of Transportation and AAR after retiring from RRing. 1980 started painting. 180 pages, Softcover.


Milwaukee Road Passenger Trains Volume 4
By John F. Strauss, Jr.
This Volume Four completes the presentation of Milwaukee Road’s passenger train service that has also been presented in Four Ways West Publication’s MILWAUKEE ROAD PASSENGER TRAINS: Volumes One, Two, and Three. It covers passenger train service operated between Chicago and Upper Michigan via Milwaukee and Green Bay. It also covers passenger train service between Chicago and Rapid City via Madison and Sioux Falls and between Chicago and St. Paul-Minneapolis via Madison and Austin, Minnesota. This Volume Four’s Epilogue includes several consists and photographs thereof that were assigned to Milwaukee Road’s Chicago-Milwaukee-Twin Cities “Speedliners”. Photographs of some of Milwaukee Road’s lightweight mail, express, and passenger cars appear in this Volume’s Appendix. The Index includes page locations of photographs of Milwaukee Road’s heavyweight and lightweight passenger cars appearing throughout the four volumes. 144 pages, B&W/Color, Hardcover.
Reading Railroad: Fairbanks-Morse Train Master Locos
By Robert R. Gottschall, Jr & Ben L. Bernart
Featuring photos of Reading Co employee Paul D Hartline showing various aspects of the Reading RR.
128 pages, Horizontal Format, Mostly B&W w/Some Color, Text, Photos and Data about TMs. Section on the proposed TM Slugs RDG was considering, Hardcover.
Real Stories of the Rails: First hand accounts of Railroaders from 1920’s to 1990s
Anyone interested in railroad history or operations will enjoy this special collection of firsthand stories told by former and current railroad employees. Personal accounts of this kind are popular among railfans, history buffs, and modelers. Stories feature: Late steam and early diesel periods. The duties of various employees. Real-life accounts from engineers, firemen, conductors, yardmasters, and more. 191 pages, B&W, Softcover.
Rio Grande, Jewel of the Wasatch
By Chuck Conway
This third volume covering the Denver & Rio Grande Western in the era of color photography examines the origins and ultimate demise of the D&RGW¹s Utah Division between Grand Junction, Colorado, and Ogden, Utah. Built by the same General Palmer who had contributed so much to the early Denver & Rio Grande in Colorado, the line across the eastern Utah desert to the Wasatch Front never had large precious mineral deposits as the siren song attraction for railroad construction. This road would rely on the more mundane carloads of coal, iron ore, and copper as its early mainstay. Following the merger of the Utah and Colorado lines in 1908, the company began focusing on upgrading its property and soliciting traffic from far beyond the borders of its two home states. This transcontinental traffic, along with the burgeoning coal business developed after World War II, would make the D&RGW a successful and profitable property, despite being surrounded by much larger, often unfriendly carriers. A portion of the Utah Division¹s history is noted in the coverage of the remnants of D&RGW¹s far-flung narrow-gauge empire in Colorado. But the real story lies west of Grand Junction, where merchandise, lumber products, perishables and piggyback shipments were added to the area¹s considerable mineral traffic and the few remaining passenger trains operated during the latter years of D&RGW ownership. As with many enterprises, circumstances are always changing and despite its own good management and customer-oriented operations, the D&RGW was not always in control of its own fate. One by one the needed connections were eliminated until the D&RGW was forced to cast its lot with a weakened Southern Pacific. This would prove to be a short-lived partnership and as the 20th century drew to a close, new owner Union Pacific finally got its wish of killing off the D&RGW once and for all. Today, some of the lines covered in this volume see no UP trains at all on a regular basis, but the pictures and stories herein provide a look back to better days, when the Rio Grande was indeed the Jewel of the Wasatch.
208 Pages, 274 Photos, 6 Maps, Horizontal Format, Hardcover.
Rio Grane’s Narrow Gauge K-36 Locomotives
By Jerry B. Day
By the 1920s, the legendary narrow gauge system of the Denver & Rio Grande Western had shrunk to a third of the railroad's total trackage, and most of its locomotives were worn out. Yet, traffic was heavy on some parts of the line and growing, and standard gauging the lines made little economic sense. So the long-time Baldwin customer turned to the Philadelphia firm for 10 new narrow gauge, outside frame Mikados. Designated K-36 (MiKado, 36,200lbs of tractive effort), these beefy Baldwins were soon hauling freight over the four percent grades of Cumbres and Marshall passes and indeed, system-wide. Fast forward almost a century later, and nine of the locomotives still exist and eight are in service on the Durango & Silverton and Cumbres & Toltec Scenic railroads. Truly a remarkable record of service and why the K-36 is beloved by railfans and the crewmen who ran them. Author Jerry Day spent over 40 years compiling information and over 300 photos, maps, track folios, drawings and diagrams, including a three-page foldout drawing by Mike McKenzie for this volume. In addition, this 224-page hardcover book includes the D&RGW purchase of the K-36s and changes made to the lines to accommodate them, the operational history on the lines they ran, and accounts of K-36 snow fighting operations, special passenger runs, wrecks, movie trains, locomotive modifications and changes, and a section on the K-36s as they operate today on the C&TS and D&S railroads. Includes an appendix with the complete D&RGW/Baldwin specs for the locomotives.
224 Pages, 300+ Photos, Maps, Drawings & Diagrams, 6 Maps, Hardcover.
Seattle/Portland to Chicago Route Map
Handy guide to today's passenger trains traveling from the Seattle and Portland to Chicago, via Spokane, Gacier National Park, Havre, Minot, Fargo, St. Cloud, St. Paul-Minneapolis, La Crosse and Milwaukee. 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.
  • Detailed maps scaled at a constant 5 miles per inch
  • GPS coordinates for stations
  • Host railroad radio channels
  • Station index, detector and tunnel locations
  • Major highways shown for reference
  • Inside covers contain locator maps keyed to easily locate detail maps
  • Printed on heavy ivory-colored stock for reduced glare and increased durability
  • 60 pages, saddle-stitched, approx. 4.25 x 11 inches
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    Shortlines of Northern California Volume 2
    By Jim Shaw
    This fifth title by noted rail photographer, Jim Shaw, features an in depth look at the many shortlines operated in Northern and Central California from the mid 1900s until the present. There are many 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.
    160 pages, Color & B&W, Hardcover.
    Soo Line Generation
    By Dean Freimund
    The contemporary Soo Line, from its conception in 1961 until its absorption into CP Rail in 1990, was a railroad that attracted a lot of attention from railfans and industry experts alike. It competed with a flair and competency that stood up to its bigger neighbors throughout the midwest. This title represents a very colorful view of the Soo Line from its first generation diesel units until its takeover by CP Rail. 144 pages, Color Photos, Hardcover.
    Union Pacific in the Los Angeles Basin (Reprint)
    By Jeff Asay
    Union Pacific did not arrive in the Los Angeles area until 1901, but its history from that time to 2000 is complex and interesting. Of particular interest are the fluctuating cycles of rivalry and cooperation with Southern Pacific, Santa Fe and Pacific Electric. 380 pages, B&W, Hardcover.