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Along the Rails w/J. David Ingles
Go back to a time (and a place) that no longer exists with a collection of scenes as captured by well-known railroading photographer J. David Ingles. Dave's images are bold, colorful, and filled with details which capture stunning details of scenes. Featuring over 90 railroads with equipment shown, this 224-page book includes 200+ photos from the Ingles Color Classics series that were taken as he traveled to various cities and along different routes. They captured life as it was back then in rare color photograph form. 
With each image you’ll find:

  • Scene details such as locomotives, trains, people, vehicles, signs, and structures.
  • Context around the time and events depicted in the photos.
  • A look back at early railroads and equipment including Baldwin, Alco, and Fairbanks-Morse diesels, EMD E and F units, and the first big GE road diesels.

223 pages, Color, Softcover.


Burlington Northern E-Unit Finale in Chicago Suburban Service
By Bruce Nelson
The merger that created Burlington Northern in 1970 and Amtrak’s assumption of intercity passenger service in 1971 brought significant change to BN’s roster of E-units. This culminated in 1972 with the sale of 21 E-units to the West Suburban Mass Transit District for use in Chicago-Aurora suburban service. Following a rebuilding program, these units provided almost 20 years of reliable service on the Chicago “race track.”  Authored by noted Chicago commuter rail historian Bruce Nelson, this is the story of the last large E-unit fleet in regular service in America. 88 pages, Color, Softcover.


Chicago & North Western The Harvard Line Chicago to Janesville
By James E. Lewnard
A must for railfans, historians and modelers of Chicago & North Western. This title includes hundreds of never-before-published photographs. 176 pages, Color, Maps, Hardcover.


Colorado Rail Annual #35; Rails Around The Table Mountains: The Railroads of Golden Colorado
By Dan Abbott
In the annuals of railroading, Golden, Colorado holds an almost mythical status. Steam railroads (both standard and narrow gauge) served the city, along with two electric interurban railways and even funicular railways! This book also explores Golden’s early history, predecessor companies and more! In this brand new Colorado Rail Annual, Golden resident and historian Dan Abbott brings the subject to life through contemporary accounts and an amazing array of vintage photography! This carefully researched and artistically written work features 384 pages filled with 290+ illustrations (including 140 B&W Photos, 10 Color Photos, 85+ Colorized Photos, 25 Maps, 5 Drawings, 20+ scanned documents), an index and bibliography. 384 pages, 290+ B&W, Color & Colorized Photos, Maps, Hardcover.


Guide to Prairie Railroading
By Tony Koester
Prairie railroading has its own special appeal, and this all-new book from Tony Koester shows you how to capture both the scenic aspects as well as prototype operations on your layout. Prairie railroads have a different feel and character compared to railroads in the mountains. The nature of prairie railroading allows modeling these lines on narrow shelves, which maximizes your layout space whether you’re dealing with a large basement or two walls of a spare bedroom. This book is filled with both modeling tips and prototype information:

  • How to model many types of farm fields: corn, soybeans, wheat, and more.
  • How to model various businesses common to the region: such as grain elevators, oil dealers, coal dealers, and lumber yards.
  • How railroads operated and dispatched trains on prairie railroads.
  • How they assigned locomotives.
  • And so much more!

Author Tony Koester includes many inspirational photos showing how he and several other veteran modelers captured the essence of these railroads in miniature.

111 pages, Color & B&W Photos, Softcover.


High Iron & Big Boys; The Life and Times of a Union Pacific Steam Engineer
By Wm T. Harvey, Edited by Paula Harvey Conger
This book is a true story about the men who climbed into the cabs of huge steam locomotives and operated them during the age of steam-powered train travel along the Union Pacific Railroad. The author allows the reader to peer into both the engine cab and household residence of a UP employee and his family living in Wyoming during the 1929-1960 era. A second-generation UP railroader, the author joined the company in 1941 as a 17-year-old fireman in freight service between Rawlins and Green River. He concluded a 49-year-career with UP as a senior engineer out of Rawlins in 1990.
122 pages, B&W photos, Softcover.


Nebraska Central Railroad - Pride of the Prairies
By Joel Poland
The Nebraska Central Railroad Company is a vital artery to the central and eastern Nebraska economy. NCRC began operations in 1993 after leasing five Union Pacific branch lines in the Cornhusker State that total about 250 miles. This regional serves both ag-related and manufacturing industries in the Norfolk, Columbus and Grand Island regions. Focusing on both the historical and modern eras of the company, the book is a visitor’s guide to NCRC operations. Included are maps, rail traffic details and a current locomotive roster. The author, a former NCRC employee, took most of the photos that illustrate this informative guide. 64 pages, Color, Photos, Maps, Softcover.


Rio Grande Scenic Line of the World, 2nd edition
By Dale Sanders
The Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad was built through the Rocky Mountains, not around them. A tenacious rebel, the Rio Grande survived for more than a century as an independent railroad in a land of giants. At the end of the 20th century, the enduring memory of the Rio Grande is one of black and gold diesels thundering through smoky tunnels on a right-of-way blasted out of solid rock by construction engineers who didn't know the meaning of the word impossible. The First Edition was published in 1994 and comprised 128 pages with 146 photos. The Second Edition includes 208 pages, 223 full-color photographs and nine lavishly illustrated maps. This new volume presents a retrospective of a railroad where words of description always fall short. In the pages of Rio Grande: Scenic Line of the World - Second Edition may be found all of the elements that made the Rio Grande the scenic wonder it was. The evergreen mountains of La Veta Pass, the bare rock of the Royal Gorge, the golden aspen on Tennessee Pass, the multi-colored sandstone of Ruby and Bootlegger Canyons, the moonscape of the Utah desert, the majestic Wasatch Range, and the sheer ruggedness of the entire Moffat Road, are all here in one amazing volume. Through acquisitions and mergers, Rio Grande slowly lost its personality to that of Southern Pacific, and later, Union Pacific. The images in this book help preserve the memory of the last years of the Rio Grande and perhaps provide some justification for the railroad’s bold claim of being the Scenic Line of the World. 208 pages, 223 Color Photos, 9 Maps, Horizontal Format, Hardcover.


SP Trainline; Winter 2024 #158
Remembering the Daylight. High Noon on Cotton Belt + more.


The Most Competitive Passenger Corridor: Chicago - Twin Cities
By Aaron Isaacs
From the Shortline Interurban Historical Society Dispatch 14. History of passenger travel and competition among RRs between Chicago and Mpls. St. Paul. RRs competing Milw. Rd. C&NW, CB&Q (Burlington) M.& St.L. SOO Line, Rock Island, Chicago Great Western. Very interesting history book of rail travel between these large metro areas. Soft Cover, 131 pages B&W and Color Photos, Maps and Time Tables.Ssteam and Diesel Photos.


Terminal Railroad Association St. Louis; Historical & Technical Society Issues Below


Is. 83 Summer 2023; ”The City of Kansas City, Wabash’s first streamlined train.” +Wabash’s pullman cars. Softcover 240 pages B&W/Color


Terminal Railroad Association St. Louis; Historical & Technical Society Issues Above


The Delaware & Hudson Steam Locos
By Christopher A. Shepherd
The famous run of the Stourbridge Lion in Honesdale, Pennsylvania on August 8, 1829 marked the first operation of a steam locomotive in North America. Its operator and owner, the Delaware & Hudson Canal Company, was only six years old at the time, but the beginning of steam railroading in the United States was just one of the D&H's lasting contributions to the railroad industry. Over the next 124 years, the D&H would construct its own steam locomotives, purchase some of the largest steam locomotives ever used on the east coast, and experiment with some of the most unique and innovative steam locomotive designs ever seen on American rails (including those with European-style headlights!). This book is laden with photos, diagrams, specifications, and roster information for every one of the D&H's steam locomotives between 1828 and 1953 - the full length of the D&H's steam era. Written by Chris Shepherd, the vice president of the Bridge Line Historical Society, this is the definitive research book regarding some of the finest machines to ever roll on rails in the United States. 432 pages, 600 + B&W Photos, Hardcover.


The Railroading Hand Book
By Jeff Wilson
Get your questions about railroads and railroading answered in this all-in-one reference guide! Railroading is a complex industry that can be difficult to understand, and this book explains and examines its many areas in an easy-to-understand format. This comprehensive guide explains all facets of prototype railroads and railroading in easy-to-understand terms with lots of photos and illustrations. While exploring the complex railroading industry, this book features: 

  • Common statistics such as mileage, weight limits, and tonnage hauled. 
  • Brief history of railroad routes and mergers.
  • Explanations of railroad operations including dispatching. 
  • Descriptions of various railroad jobs and how they’ve evolved. 
  • And much more!

The Railroading Handbook is a must-have for railfans and model railroaders alike!

351 pages, B&W and Color photos, Softcover.