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12/5/20
Applying Lessons from the Prototype
By: Tony Koester
This inspirational book of ideas and concepts comes from well-known author and Model Railroader contributing editor Tony Koester. Featuring 15 popular columns from his Trains of Thought column, Tony walks you through all facets of looking at prototype railroads for guidance and information on modeling scenic details and operations. Applying Lessons From the Prototype is perfect for modelers looking to design and build a new layout, or those who just want to take their existing layout to the next level by incorporating features of a specific prototype railroad. This all-new 112-page book covers a wide variety of subjects including: 
 • Layout design
 • Track planning
 • Realistic operation
 • Scenery and structures
 • And more!
112 pages, Softcover.

Kalm

$21.99
$18.95
9/26/20

BNSF Railway Locomotive Directory 2019-2020
By Paul Wester and Paul K. Withers
Since 2014, Withers Publishing has been producing the most comprehensive directory of BNSF’s varied locomotive fleet. In this edition, we continue a unit-by-unit listing of the carrier’s 8,000-plus units, along with more than 150 color photographs. 192-page, Color, Softcover.

With

$34.95
$28.50
12/5/20

Bobbers North America’s Four Wheeled Cabooses
By Ed. W. Neubaum
The late Ed Neubaum spent over four decades studying the history, construction, and users of the most diminutive cabooses ever to ride North American rails. These cars were built from shortly after the Civil War until the mid-1910s, when state laws heavily restricted their use. Still, several cars remained in service into the late 1960s, and many survive today in preservation. With Black-and-White photographs of bobber cabooses on 130 different railroads, this book is a comprehensive look at the operations and history of four-wheeled cabooses across the continent. 140 pages, B&W, Softcover.

Dblt

$40.00
$32.95
9/26/20

Build Your First Layout
By Peter Vassallo
This all-new how-to book is perfect for anyone getting started in model railroading or looking to build a simple, compact layout. Build Your First Layout features the small, easy to build Northspur & Tiburon Railroad from experienced modeler and Model Railroader author Peter Vassallo. You’ll get step-by-step instructions and all the basic techniques needed to build an operating layout including:

  • Benchwork
  • Tracklaying
  • Scenery
  • Structures
  • And more!
  • Softcover, 93 pages, B&W/Color

Kalm

$21.99
$18.95
10/30/20

Conrail and Its Predecessor
By Brian Solomon
From storied bankruptcies to unexpected profit, explore the fascinating history of Conrail in this new book from Brian Solomon. 207 pages, Color, Softcover

Kalm

$27.99
$19.95
9/26/20

Conrail In Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley
By Olev Taremae
(Jersey Central Lines; EL; L&HR; Lehigh, New England; L.F. PC; Reading Lines.) Change came to Lehigh Valley as rail lines came under control of Conrail in 1976 and again in 1999 when NS assumed operation of former CR. 126 pages, Color, Hardcover

Wrvr

$59.95
$46.95
8/26/20
Fairs and Railroads
By Thornton Waite
World's Fairs and expositions have been held in the United States many times int he past 140 years. The fairs served several purposes.  They were used by the cities in which they were held to promote the local economy, by national industries to show off their technical prowess, and by the public from all over the nation to have a good time and learn about their nation and the world. The railroads were once an important and essential part of these fairs, transporting the majority of the visitors to and from them, and using the fairs as a public relation opportunity to show the visitors that the railroads were using the latest technology and that they were a benefit to the country.  The first fairs in the United States focused on the modern technologies used by the railroads, but as time passed the railroads, used the fairs to both promote travel on their lines and to show off their heritage and history. This book tells of the participation of the railroads at the larger world's fairs and railroad expositions in the United States, describing how the railroads addressed the transportation of large numbers of people to the fairs and describing the exhibits they had on the fairgrounds. 213 pages, B&W, A Few Color Photos, Softcover.

Cent

$29.95
$23.95
9/12/20
Greenberg’s American Flyer Pocket Price Guide 1946-2021
This top-selling reference guide provides current market values for American Flyer S gauge trains and accessories manufactured by A.C. Gilbert, Lionel, American Models and MTH. Softcover.

Kalm

$15.99
$10.98
9/12/20
Greenberg’s Lionel Trains Pocket Price Guide 1901-2021
Now in its 41st year, Lionel® Trains Pocket Price Guide 1901-2021 has been the go-to reference guide for toy train collectors and operators for accurate pricing information on prewar, postwar, and modern Lionel trains. This handy 400+ page guide features:
 • Current pricing information.
 • Identification and evaluation tips. 
 • O gauge train listings.
 • An easy-to-read format with space for notes.
 • And much more!
Softcover.

Kalm

$22.99
$16.50
9/12/20
Manufacturers Catalog Archive Browning Locomotive Cranes Vol. 1 1917
The catalog includes a brief description of the Browning Locomotive Crane system, including single truck/4 wheel models, double truck/8 wheel models, and some of the features of the cranes, their booms and fittings. 74 pages, B&W, Softcover.

Dbltk

$35.00
$28.95
11/23/20
Manufacturers Catalog Archive Bucyrus-Erie Co. V.1
This volume reproduces catalogs & brochures from Bucyrus-Erie on their cranes.  Included in this volume are: 1020 1/2 yard Convertible Machine - including a look at the different attachments available- Clamshell, Lifting Crane, Shovel, Dragline and Frag Shovel. 120-B 4 Yard Revolving Shovel - includes both the Electric and Steam versions.  Class 200 17 1/2 Railway Crane, Bucyrus 14-B Revolving Shovel, Each of the brochures includes numerous photos and drawings of the cranes and shovels. 72 pages, B&W, Softcover.

Dbltk

$35.00
$28.95
9/26/20

Manufacturer’s Catalog Archive Budd Passenger Cars
This book reproduces a number of Budd publications.  Included are:
• Budd Transport which provides an overview of Budd and it's products in the 70s and early 80s.
• Gallery Car Operations in the Chicago area.
• The Rio Metro Car in Rio De Janerio, Brazil.
• The Budd Universal Rapid Transit Car.
• An overview of the Budd Company, its operations and products circa 1950. 
• The World's Finest Railway Passenger Cars a brief overview of their passenger car construction business
• The California Zephyr - a look at the cars built for the Burlington Route, Rio Grande and Western Pacific
• Budd Transport which provides an overview of Budd and it's products in the 70s and early 80s.
96 pages, B&W, Softcover.

Dbltk

$35.00
$28.95
9/12/20
Manufacturers Catalog Archive Jordan Spreader & Russle Snow Plow
This book reproduces several catalogs and brochures from the O.F. Jordan Company and the Russell Car Snow Plow Company.  There are 4 catalogs on the Jordan Spreader.  These catalogs detail the design and usage of the Jordan Spreader.  These catalogs illustrate the use of these machines as Spreaders, Ditchers, Snow Plows and Ice Cutters.  The catalogs are well illustrated with photos and illustrations. The Russell Car Snow Plow Company catalogs shows the various single and double track snow plows that were built by the company, as well as flanger cars produced by the company. 96 pages, B&W, Softcover.

Dbltk

$35.00
$28.95
11/23/20
Manufacturers Catalog Archive Mining Locomotives of Ironton and General Electric Co.
This book reproduces catalogs from Ironton and General Electric featuring mining locomotives and related equipment.Ironton Bulletin 555 covers their Storage Battery and Combination locomotives used in mining operations. Included are a variety of single and double motor models. Also detailed are the Ironton Power Unit for operating Coal Mining Equipment, Storage Battery Transfer Cars for carrying cars loading brick, tile or other material to dryers or kilns, and battery charging equipment.  General Electric No. 1030 covers the electric mine locomotives built by the company circa 1900.  This brochure covers the basics of mining locomotives, the GE standard model and its components. Also included are details on the company's Coke Oven Larries. 94 pages, B&W, Softcover.

Dbltk

$35.00
$28.95
9/26/20
Manufacturer’s Catalog Archive Properties and plants of Bethlehem Steel Corp. 1925
This book reproduces Bethlehem Steel publication from 1925 about their plants and properties. The book begins with a look at the history and growth of Bethlehem Steel and the products the company manufactures.  There are brief overviews of the company's steel plants, including the Bethlehem Plant, Cambria Plant, Lackawanna Plant, the Maryland Plant, the Steelton Plant, the Lebanon Plant and the Coatesville Plant.  The book also covers the raw materials needed by Bethlehem steel, including Iron Ore mines and Coal Mines and the transportation facilities needed to carry these materials to the plants, including their Great Lake and ocean going ore carriers. The book also includes a section on Bethlehem Steel's ship building operations. 74 pages, B&W, Softcover.

Dbltk

$35.00
$28.95
9/26/20
Modeling Cities & Towns
By Jeff Wilson
Do you want to create realistic cities, detailed landscapes and era-appropriate signs and more? Modeling Cities and Towns is your guide for hands-on modeling information and step-by-step techniques to capture realistic modeled cities and all the details in between. Filled with tons of information and inspiration that you can use today, Modeling Cities and Towns is your guide to making your layout more realistic!  No matter your layout size, you'll find inside a wide variety of topics including modifying and kitbashing structures; creating realistic, era-appropriate signs; combining multiple scenic elements in tight spaces; building track in streets; and realistically modeling streets and sidewalks. Prototype information include operations; large city passenger stations; and many examples of how real railroads wound through tight urban industrial areas. Modeling Cities and Towns isperfect for any modeler planning, building or improving a layout! 95 pages, B&W/Color, Softcover.

Kalm

$21.99
$18.95
8/26/20
Over Homestake Pass on the Butte Short Line
By Bill and Jan Taylor
In the 1880s the Northern Pacific Railroad's management decided to bypass Butte, Montana, in favor of a main line through Helena 40 miles to the north. At that time the mining region around Helena appeared to be a more lucrative source of traffic and offered a lower crossing of the continental divide after the completion of the Mullan Tunnel. Within three years, however, that situation changed as Butte began its conversion to a copper center, becoming known as the 'Richest Hill on Earth.' In 1886 the NP began a decade-long struggle to find a satisfactory route into Butte'first from Garrison, then from Helena, and finally from Logan over Homestake Pass. The Butte Short Line is a history of that effort. The book chronicles surveys, agreements, and conflicts with the Union Pacific concerning rights-of-way in Jefferson Canyon, the Utah & Northern and the Montana Union. It examines problems with Mullan Tunnel, the abortive Helena, Boulder Valley & Butte, and the competition provided by Hill's Montana Central. It discusses the role the Rocky Fork & Cooke City coal development played in the final route selection and the formation of the Northern Pacific & Montana. It examines political intrigue during the time of Montana statehood. It details construction of the road and early operations. 112 pages, B&W, Softcover.
Cent
$22.95
$18.95
9/19/20
Railroads Illustrated 2020 Annual  Issue 433
The all-new 2020 Railroads Illustrated Annual features more than 100 pages of classic railroad photography and stories, including these outstanding features:
  • CSX 40th Anniversary Tribute
  • Burlington Northern 50th Anniversary Tribute
  • 30 Years of Shore Line East - How it Began
  • Trains So Slow I Stopped For A Beer
  • N&W 611 Visits Strasburg
  • Pounding the Pavement, Portland & Western Style
  • Seasonal Day in North America - Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring
  • And Much More!
WRVR
$24.95
$19.50
11/15/20
Rails Above The Hudson River: The Poughkeepsie Bridge Route Joining New England with the West
By John M. Ham & R.A. Liller with RR Historian George. Ford Jr.
Over the years, significant detailed written histories of the different railroads leading to the completion of the great Poughkeepsie Railroad Bridge have been published by noted authors and railroad historians. In this publication, the authors have tried to tie all this together into a single, heavily illustrated book that takes you along the way from the great yards at Maybrook, New York, across the Hudson to Connecticut's capitol city of Hartford and to the Cedar Hill Yards at New Haven. A short narrative of significant historic subject matter precedes sections of the book that includes more than 100 different station stops along the way. The authors have worked diligently to gather more than 600 quality photographs (many in Color), maps, passes and timetables with each photograph having a descriptive caption to help tell the story. 300 pages, B&W & Color, Hardcover.
Dblt
$74.95
$58.95
8/1/20
Railway Prototype Cyclopedia Volume 35; The 1937 AAR Box Car
This volume will follow the appearance and standards of the previouse RPC titles. This volume covers the extremely popular 1937 AAR Box Car with photographs, text, rosters and drawings. This box car was so common they were seen on railroads of all sizes and in all regions of North America. Softcover, 385 pages, 8 x 10 in., B&W Images, Rosters.
$75.00
$60.00
12/5/20
Reading Railroad V. 1
By: Ben L. Bernhart
Hardcover, 462 pages, Color & B&W Photos.
$125.00
$95.00
10/14/20
Rio Grande Southern Steam Locomotive #20 Rebirth for the 21st Century
By S.Rhine, C.W. Hauck & P.Hammon
29 pages, B&W/Color, Softcover.
Cent
$10.95
$9.50
11/15/20
Southern Pacific Los Angeles Division
By John Signor, SPH&TS
From the first stirring of a Los Angeles & San Pedro Railroad locomotive in January 1869, to the merger with Union Pacific on September 11, 1996, Southern Pacific’s Los Angeles Division in all of its manifestations was an engine of growth and prosperity in Southern California. It employed many thousands over the years in its offices, shops and trains. It brought settlers west, established towns, brought war workers in and sent the troops home. Much has been written about the Southern Pacific and its subsidiaries in the Southland. This volume was conceived to augment these works by tracing the long and involved operating history of the Southern Pacific as it first helped to create Southern California, then later adapted to cope with its explosive growth. Accompanying the text are over 1,000 photographs—most never published, including 456 in color—timetables and other ephemera, and 76 maps, many of which are rendered in the author’s unique “bird’s eye view” style.With Los Angeles as a destination of significance from the beginning, the author has been able to draw from a wealth of historic material on the subject, preserved by the railway itself, official repositories, interested employees and other individuals which includes photographs, first hand experiences and the day-to-day paperwork that documented how SP operated in Southern California. Southern Pacific’s Los Angeles Division is sure to find a place on the book shelves of those interested in the SP, or the history of Southern California as a whole. 584 pages, Hardcover.
Sphs
$80.00
$67.95
12/5/20
Southern Pacific Pictorial AC-1 to AC-3 Class 2-8-8-2 Cab Forward & AC-4 to AC-12 Class 4-8-8-2, Volume 27
By Jeff Ainsworth
Covers AC-1 to AC-3 Class 2-8-8-2 Cab Forward and the AC-4 to AC-12 Class 4-8-8-2 Pictorial. Includes one large B&W photo per page. Includes model #, road number, build #, build date, retirement date, location, date of photo & photographer's name. Softcover, B&W, Softcover.
Mvta
$27.50
$21.95
12/2/20
Taconite, New Life for Minnesota’s Iron Range The History of Erie Mining
This book is a history of the Erie Mining Company in Minnesota. Written by former employees, this book looks to tell the story of Erie Mining from its formation in 1940 to its closure in 2001.  The book examines the vast amount of pioneering work involved in developing an economically feasible method to mine and process a previously worthless low grade iron ore called taconite.  By turning taconite into a high quality product, the development of Minnesota's mineral resources was made possible. This ensured Minnesota's continued prominence as the major supplier of the iron ore critical to the nation's security and advancement of it's standard of the living.  Beginning with the early experiments, the book follows the construction of both the Erie Preliminary Taconite Plant and the Commercial Plant.  Using oral histories of former employees, the book details the operations of the plant, it's growth and expansion, the union and people of Erie Mining and the closure of the company. 352 pages, Hardcover.
Misc
$45.00
$39.95
9/12/20
The Comprehensive Guide to Conrail Cabooses
By Rudy Garbely & Conrail Historical Society
Conrail was formed just before the end of the caboose era which will make this title more interesting as the predecessor railroads of Conrail were from the caboose era. As with all early Conrail operations, the many paint schemes of the cabooses, cars and locomotives make for a great color book. Plus add in the roster of over 2,500 cabooses, this will be a great reference title, too. The Garbely Publishing Company has partnered with The Conrail Historical Society to produce the definitive guide to Conrail cabooses. Authored by GPCo (and CRHS) president Rudy Garbely with contributions from The CRHS staff, this book will include all 35 classes of Conrail cabooses, complete with the histories of each class and stories from Conrail employees that worked on them. This book also contains information on cars that were destined for the Conrail roster, but never operated on Conrail. The book includes over 600 color photographs, 28 original Conrail car diagrams, and detailed roster entries for over 2,500 cabooses. 308 pages, Color, Hardcover.
Dbltk
$70.00
$55.95
12/5/20
The Railroad Photography of J.Parker Lamb
By Kevin Keefe, intro by Fred W. Frailey
Book showcases the black-and-white imagery of a master of the craft. Parker Lamb came of age in the South and the Midwest during a time of great transition on railroads in the United States. New technology was replacing the steam locomotives and labor-intensive practices that had dominating railroading for more than a century. Cameras in hand, Lamb bore witness to the end of that era and continued to vividly portray all that followed. His lyrical photographs depict new diesels, waning passenger trains, blossoming freight business, and many of the people who worked in, and were captivated by, the great American institution of the railroad. A biographical essay by noted transportation journalist Fred W. Frailey explores Lamb’s life and photographic contributions, while captions by former Trainsmagazine editor Kevin P. Keefe add context to Lamb’s imagery. 208 pages, B&W, Hardcover.
Dblt
$60.00
$55.95
10/14/20
The Restoration of Rio Grande Southern Steam Loco #20
By Rhine, Moedinger & Taylor
Whole story on restoration, photos, text. 69 pages, B&W/Color, Softcover.
Cent
$18.95
$14.95
10/25/20
Union Pacific’s Big Boys; The complete story from history to restoration.
Forward by Jim Wrinn
The UP’s 25 4-8-8-4 Big Boys have a mystique and a fan following like no other class of steam loco.  They represent the culmination of modern steam technology, handsome  looks, and power mighty enough to pull long trains at high speed on steep grades.  These traits made them legendary among railroaders, railfans, photographers, and model railroaders alike. In” Union Pacific’s Big Boys” you’ll learn how the original locomotives, built by Alco in two groups in 1941 and 1944, were developed.  You’ll trace the evolution of modern steam locomotive technology, including early compound and simple articulated locomotives and the early high-horsepower “Super Power” locos with increased firebox and boiler capacity that led to the Big Boy design.  And you’ll celebrate he revival of the class with UP’s restoration of #4014 to operating condition in 2019. Along with dozens of photos showing Big Boys’ operating careers in fast freight service through the 1950s, you’ll read tales of those who operated and worked on the big 4-8-8-4’s. Finally, you’ll follow along as No. 4014 is rebuilt between 2013 and 2019, seeing up close how the locomotive progresses from a display track in a park in California to UP’s shops at Cheyenne ,Wyo. And eventually back to the main line under steam in 2019. This is more than the story of a famous engine.  It’s a tribute to the pinnacle of steam locomotive design and power, and to the thrill of seeing one of these majestic machines reborn. 222 pages, B&W and Color, Hardcover.
Kalm
$43.99
$29.95
10/25/20
Union Pacific’s Big Boys; The complete story from history to restoration.
Forward by Jim Wrinn
The UP’s 25 4-8-8-4 Big Boys have a mystique and a fan following like no other class of steam loco.  They represent the culmination of modern steam technology, handsome  looks, and power mighty enough to pull long trains at high speed on steep grades.  These traits made them legendary among railroaders, railfans, photographers, and model railroaders alike. In” Union Pacific’s Big Boys” you’ll learn how the original locomotives, built by Alco in two groups in 1941 and 1944, were developed.  You’ll trace the evolution of modern steam locomotive technology, including early compound and simple articulated locomotives and the early high-horsepower “Super Power” locos with increased firebox and boiler capacity that led to the Big Boy design.  And you’ll celebrate he revival of the class with UP’s restoration of #4014 to operating condition in 2019. Along with dozens of photos showing Big Boys’ operating careers in fast freight service through the 1950s, you’ll read tales of those who operated and worked on the big 4-8-8-4’s. Finally, you’ll follow along as No. 4014 is rebuilt between 2013 and 2019, seeing up close how the locomotive progresses from a display track in a park in California to UP’s shops at Cheyenne ,Wyo. And eventually back to the main line under steam in 2019. This is more than the story of a famous engine.  It’s a tribute to the pinnacle of steam locomotive design and power, and to the thrill of seeing one of these majestic machines reborn. 222 pages, B&W and Color, Softcover.
Kalm
$29.99
$20.95


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