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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.

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$34.95
$28.50
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
6/14/20
Colorado - Wyoming Railroad Maps
Handy guide to today's railroads in Iowa noted for clarity, accuracy and ease of use. Designed for quick reference in the field in a narrow format that fits in your pocket or camera bag.Each page highlights a separate subdivision and follows the line throughout its length, crossing state boundaries as necessary. Abandoned or unused routes are also shown in relation to current routes as space allows.
  • Detailed maps arranged by subdivision
  • Class Ones: Union Pacific • BNSF Railway
  • Shortlines:  Cimarron Valley • Colorado, Kansas & Pacific • Great Western • Kyle Railroad • Nebraska, Kansas & Colorado • San Luis Central • San Luis & Rio Grande • Wyoming & Colorado
  • Tourist Lines: Cumbres & Toltec Scenic • Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge • Leadville, Colorado & Southern • Royal Gorge & Canon City
  • Station index
  • Detector, crossover and tunnel locations
  • Major highways shown for reference
  • Centerspread locator map keyed to page numbers of detail maps
  • Printed on heavy ivory-colored stock for reduced glare and increased durability
  • 2006 edition
  • 50 pages, approx. 4.25 x 11 inches, Softcover
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    $12.00
    $9.50
    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.

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    $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
    $27.95
    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
    $27.95
    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
    $24.95
    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
    $27.95
    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.
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    $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
    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.

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    $75.00
    $60.00
    7/26/20
    Southern Pacific's Southern Siskiyou Line Pictorial, Southern Pacific Series #45
    By Jeff Ainsworth
    This looks at the Southern Pacific's Siskiyou Line between Dunsmuir, CA and Grants Pass, OR. 66 pages, B&W, Softcover.
    MV
    $27.50
    $21.95
    7/26/20
    Southern Pacific Trainline
    Summer 2020 #144
    Short life of an ALCOhaulic; Placerville branch memories +
    SPHS
    $11.00
    $7.95
    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
    6/14/20
    The Los Angeles & Salt Lake Railroad Company; The Historic Union Pacific Salt Lake Route
    By John R. Signor
    Union Pacific is one of the most modern railroads in the country. The road’s 780-mile line from Salt Lake City to Los Angeles is no exception. To the uninformed it would seem as if the railroad was built just yesterday, yet the history of this, the Salt Lake Route, now spans more than a century rich in the annals of railroading and the American West. As far as transcontinental railroads are concerned, the Salt Lake Route is a late bloomer, yet it is a true pioneer. The location of the railroad, connecting the City of Saints (Salt Lake City) with the City of Angels (Los Angeles) was built through largely undeveloped country more or less following the Old Spanish Trail. It even founded the City of Las Vegas, Nevada. Laid out in chronological format, this volume covers in detail every aspect of the Los Angeles & Salt Lake Railroad’s construction and operation, its merger with Union Pacific in the Twenties, and the challenges of competition, wartime and coping with the demands of the country it traversed. The San Pedro, Los Angeles & Salt Lake Railroad; Union Pacific’s Salt Lake Route was first published in 1988 and has long been out of print. However, since the initial printing, much has happened on the old Salt Lake Route and considerable additional material has come to light. A desire to revise, correct, update and expand the first edition has resulted in this volume, and, with modern printing methods available today, it includes a great deal more color than the original and 64 additional pages, 48 period graphics and timetables, 52 maps, 415 photos of which 81 are in color, bibliography and index. B&W and Color, 320 total pages, Hardcover.
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    $69.95
    $58.95
    8/26/20
    The Montana Central Railway; Copper, Coal and the Empire Builder
    By Bill and Jan Taylor
    By 1883 Canadian born James Jerome Hill had become successful shipping grain and developing railroads in and around St Paul, MN. In 1884 his friend Paris Gibson, founding father of Great Falls invited him to visit Montana. While there, he toured the Rocky Mountain front between Great Falls and Butte looking for investment opportunities and future traffic for his St Paul, Minneapolis & Manitoba Railway (predecessor to the Great Northern Railway) which was in the process of building west in Minnesota. Hill bought mining property, silver options near Rimini and invested in Gibson's Great Falls Townsite Company. He met with Marcus Daly, Butte's future copper baron, and Charles Broadwater, Helena banker and railroad promoter. Hill's visit was to have far reaching consequences for him and the territory's development. This is the story of the construction and the early operations of the Montana Central Railway between Great Falls and Butte, which was to be come an integral part of Hill's railroad empire. 170 pages, Softcover.
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    8/26/20
    The Northern Pacific’s Rails to Gold and Silver Vol. 2; Lines to Montana's Mining Camps 1883-1887
    By Bill and Jan Taylor
    In 1883 the Northern Pacific Railroad completed its main line through Montana. The restrictive language of its charter and the conservative nature of its management prevented the NP from building branch lines to developing gold, silver and copper mining camps such as Wallace, Cooke City, Elkhorn, Pony and Virginia City. James J. Hill of the Great Northern Railway recognized the NP's omission and began building a railroad into the territory. By 1886 the NP, aided by Helena banker Samuel T. Hauser, was in an all out war to protect its mining traffic sources. "Rails to Gold and Silver: Volume II covers the Northern Pacific & Montana's construction between 1888 and 1898 which resulted in the completion of the following six railroads: the Rocky Fork & Cooke City, the Butte Short Line, the Red Bluff & Pony, the Elkhorn Extension to the Helena, Boulder Valley & Butte, the Gaylord & Ruby Valley, and the De Smet to Idaho Line (Wallace branch). Rails to Gold and Silver: Volume I previously covered the construction of the Rocky Mountain, the Helena & Jefferson County, the Helena & Red Mountain, the Helena & Northern, the Helena, Boulder Valley & Butte, the Drummond & Philipsburg and the Missoula & Bitterroot Valley railroads. 156 pages, Softcover.
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    8/26/20
    The White Pass and Yukon Route,  A Pictorial History
    By Stan Cohen
    The Klondike Gold Rush spawned the railroad in 1898. The line was built to alleviate the hardships of the gruesome trip over the passes to the gold fields in the interior of the Yukon. By the time the railroad was completed in the summer of 1900 the rush was over, but the White Pass Route survived nev­ertheless, and continued for 82 years to provide a vital link between the Yukon and the outside world. 120 pages, B&W, A Few Color Photos, Softcover.
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