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Railfanning in the 1960s - Best of Ed Johnson 
By Ed Johnson
Master photographer Ed Johnson’s highlights of 1960s railroads with a focus on passenger trains. Also, some special trains and a 1967 Labor Day weekend surprise. All included, it’s 59 railroads, electric lines, and transit lines in 24 US states and two Canadian provinces! 96 pages, All Color, Softcover.

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$39.95
$31.95
Railroad Critters in Color V. 1
By Stephen M. Timko
A look at Whitcomb's, Plymouth’s, GE’s and more behind the fences of industries from quarries to steel mills to power plants. 128 pages, Color, Hardcover.
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$54.95
$45.95
Railroad Critters in Color V. 2
By Stephen M. Timko
A continuing look at industrial size locomotives behind industry
fences. Volume 2 contains additional photos of smaller critters - less than 50 tons, and expands into the field of larger critters. 128 pages, Color, Hardcover.
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$54.95
$45.95
Railroad Critters in Color V. 3
By Stephen M. Timko
A visit to the industrial “backyards” for a view of railroad operations using cookie-cutter and special-order locomotives built by Atlas, Baldwin, Davenport, GE, Plymouth, Porter, Whitcomb and others. Over 300 new photos. 128 pages, Color, Hardcover.
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Railroad Critters in Color V. 4
By Stephen M. Timko
A continuing look at the industrial type locomotives of the minority builders. Davenport, Plymouth, Porter, Vulcan and more as well as GE's popular line of "tonners". 128 pages, Color, Hardcover.
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$54.95
$45.95
Railroad Photography Western States
By Robert O. Hale and Donald Duke
Rarely published railroad photos from the 40's thru the 60's by noted rail photo pioneer Robert Hale. Extensive coverage of SP, UP, and SF late steam and early diesel power. 118 pages, 226 photos, Softcover.
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$36.95
$29.50
Railroad Signs in Color Volume 2
By Robert J. Yanosey
Featuring signs railroads used at their offices and shops, in operations, and at all types of stations. It also illustrates the different types of crossbucks from simple to wig-wag. Like Volume 1, it contains over 500 full color images from the 1940s – present! 96 pages, Color, Softcover.
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$39.95
$31.95

Railroad Timetables, Travel Brochures & Posters
By Brad S. Lomazzi
This is the first book to focus exclusively on American railroad ephemera of the 19th and 20th centuries and gives the collector comprehensive coverage found nowhere else. Provides detailed historical context for railroad passenger, employee and freight timetables, tourist and travel guides, travel brochures, posters, tickets and all their variations. Over 360 examples are shown in nostalgic and graphically stunning reproductions, some from rarely seen private collections. The author explains where to fine material, what factors affect condition and rarity and discusses archival storage and protection practices. With decorative end papers showing US/Canada railroad map. 194 pages, Hardcover.

$38.99
Railroading Behind the Fences
By Stephen M. Timko
An “A to Z” collection of shortline and industrial railroad photos. Includes a behind the scenes look at industrial railroad operations.  96 pages, All Color, Softcover.
MS
$39.95
$31.95

Railroads Illustrated 2021 Annual Issue #434
The all-new 2021 Railroads Illustrated Annual features photography from coast to coast, including:

  • Remembering Southern Pacific
  • One Fine Day — A Winnipeg Souvenir
  • Rock Island’s Last Years 1971-1980
  • Alaska Railroad Passenger Trains
  • Ontario Southland’s Guelph Junction
  • Seasonal Day In North America
  • And Much More!
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$24.95
$19.95

Railroads Illustrated 2022 Annual Issue #435
The all-new 2022 Railroads Illustrated Annual features photography from coast to coast, including:

• Dash 2 Locomotives: 50 Years Strong
• Going Home: New England Railroading
• Time Machine: West Virginia’s Durbin Rocket
• Scanner Talk Railroading
• Seasonal Day In North America
• And Much More!
96 pages, B&W/Color, Softcover.

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$29.95
$23.95

Railroads Illustrated 2023 Annual issue #436
Photo Tribute to CP and KCS
Remnants of the Rio Grande
Rhode Island Railroading
• CSX Action in the Virginias
Memories of the MKT Railroad
Seasonal Day In North America
… and much more!
115 pages, All Color, Softcover.

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$34.95
$28.99

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

Railway Prototype Cyclopedia Volume 36
Volume 36 is a second, super-sized edition comprising 385 pages, which contain much useful freight car prototype information in a follow-on, comprehensive volume on the following subject:

Evolution of the A.A.R. 1937 Standard, Steel-Sheathed, Wood-Lined Box Car - Twenty Years of Improvements to the Original Design: this volume is part of our continuing series covering 20th century American box car designs. The 385-page article by Pat Wider centers on the improvements made to the Association of American Railroads 1937 Standard Box Car over a twenty-year period. These improvements included increased inside height; better riding trucks; roller bearings and steel wheels; new vendor-supplied proprietary car body components; wider door openings; improved friction draft gears and cushion underframes; interior load restraints, steel flooring, and better automatic air brake systems. Included is a brief history of the continued standardization and impact of these various freight car sub-systems on the safety and productivity of the railroad industry. The coverage includes industry trade advertisements as well as excerpts from the U.S. patents that covered the various improvements during this period. 

Specifically, Pat’s comprehensive article includes approximately 56 industry trade ads, 60 U.S. patent excerpts, 48 car diagrams, 500 B&W photographs, an extensive bibliography, and a complete detailed roster pertaining to 10-foot, 6-inch (nominal) inside height, A.A.R. Standard, Steel-Sheathed, Wood-Lined Box Cars built from January, 1939, through November, 1963. The article includes extensive information on the relevant box cars for the following railroads: A&WP, AA, ACL, ALTON, AT&SF, BCK, C&O, C&S, CB&Q, CMO, CN, CNW, CP, D&H, D&M, D&TS, DSS&A, DT&I, EJ&E, Erie, FW&D, GEORGIA, GM&O, GOC, GTW, I-GN, IC, IHB, ITC, KCS, KO&G, L&N, LV, M-I, MP, NC&StL, NJI&I, NKP, NP, NS, NYC, P&LE, P&WV, PGE, PRR, RDG, RI, SAL, SL-SF, SOO LINE, SOUTHERN, SP&S, SSW, StLB&M, T&P, THB, WAB, WofA, and WP. Softcover, 385 pages, 500 B&W Images/photos, Drawings, Rosters.

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$90.00
$75.95

Reading, Blue Mountain & Northern Color Portfolio
By Olev Taremae
Traces the “Route of Anthracite”, from its humble birth in 1990 to becoming an award-winning hauler of coal, passengers, and general freight in eastern Pennsylvania. With over 300 miles of track, the R&N serves northeastern Pennsylvania over track once operated by many historic railroads including the Reading, Lehigh Valley, Jersey Central, Pennsylvania, Lackawanna, and more! 96 pages, All Color, Softcover.

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$39.95
$31.95
Reading Company Power In Color Volume 1: Steam and First Generation Diesels
By Robert L. Davis Jr
Reading Power in Color, Volume I opens with a sampling of RDG steam power from the 1940s to the end of regular service steam operation, including a brief look at the T1 4-8-4's in excursion service, then continues with a detailed examination of the railroad's interesting roster of first generation diesels from all four major builders. 128 pages, Hardcover.
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$59.95
$55.95

Reading Company Power In Color Volume 2: Second Generation Diesels
By Robert L. Davis Jr
GP30s, C425s, SD45s, GP35s, big Alk’s – they’re all here in this tour of Reading’s final diesel fleet. 128 pages, Hardcover.

MS
$59.95
$45.95

Reading Railroad Main Line.  Belt Line Jct- Port Clinton.
By: Ben L. Bernhart
Limited Edition #128 of 300.  153 pages,  Plus main line valuation maps mile 61.25 to 78.25

$125.00
$95.00

Reading Railroad V. 1
By: Ben L. Bernhart
Hardcover, 462 pages, Color & B&W Photos.

$125.00
$95.00
Rio Grande’s K-28 Locomotives
By Jerry Gray
Alco built ten locomotives for Denver & Rio Grande Western in 1923, and three of these remarkable machines still call Durango home, powering the iconic “Silverton” trains since the 1950s. Here is the story of the first modern narrow gauge locomotive on Rio Grande and how it is posed to enter its second century of service. Author Jerry Day spent 45 years compiling information and more than 300 photos, maps, track folios, drawings, and diagrams, including a three-page foldout drawing created by Mike McKenzie for this 200+ page volume. In addition, you will find the history of D&RGW’s purchase of the K-28s, the operational history on the lines they ran, and the history of K-28 snow fighting operations, special passenger runs, wrecks & mishaps, movie appearances, locomotive modifications and changes, and how the K-28s operate today on the Durango & Silverton railroad. Includes an appendix with the complete D&RGW/Alco specs for the locomotives. 200+ pages, 300 Photos, Maps, Drawings, Diagrams + 3 Page fold out drawing, Hardcover.
Wrvr
$79.95
$67.95

Rio Grande In Color Volume 6: Tennessee Pass
By Jeff Simley
This entry features 1990s action on Tennessee Pass as the last Rio Grande locomotive-powered trains move traffic over the Continental Divide. The book covers every facet of operation needed to keep trains going on the pass 3% grade. It's the last hurrah for the small yet mighty Rio Grande before it succumbed to industry mergers. 128 pages, Color, Hardcover.

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$69.95
$53.95

Rio Grande In Color Volume 7: Front Range
By Jeff Simley
The Front Range mountains west of Denver are a formidable railroading challenge. The Rio Grande and its predecessor Denver North Western and Pacific overcame them by going over them and then through them via Moffat Tunnel. In this book we witness the final days of Rio Grande-powered trains in the 1990s as they charge up 2% grades, 10-degree curves, and 28 tunnels to the Moffat Tunnel at the Continental Divide. We will also get a look at giant coal trains using three separate power consists holding back their tonnage as they descend from the Divide into Denver. Our coverage extends west through Byers Canyon and Gore Canyon to see the Rio Grande moving freight "Thru the Rockies, not around them"! 128 pages, Color, Hardcover.

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$69.95
$53.95

Rio Grande: A Last Look Back 1974 - 2010
By R.C. Farewell
Rio Grande: A Last Look Back 1974-2010. The independent Rio Grande Railroad, a spirited railroad with incredible pride, managed to cut a fine niche for itself as a regional and bridge route in the transportation market. There's lots of D&RGW action in this book at all the familiar places: Tennessee Pass, the Moffat Route, the Utah desert, Ruby Canyon, and other locations, includes more than a dozen track charts and maps that will bring the Rio Grande to life. A great deal of change has occurred in Rio Grande territory over the past 36 years. This nice book features the Rio Grande and the changes made to this popular road under Southern Pacific and Union Pacific ownership. All these changes did not go unrecorded, and are nicely covered in this spectacular volume. 280 pages, Color, Hardcover.

$69.95
$55.95

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.

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$89.95
$72.50

Rio Grande Secret Places V.1 "Tunnel District"
By R.C. Farewell
Although much of the Rio Grande's standard gauge route between Denver and Salt Lake City has been well-documented over the years, some regions of the mainline have been overlooked. R.C. Farewell has spent nearly nine years documenting these overlooked areas, assembling vintage as well as current views and uncovering pertinent historical data. This accumulation of material is presented here in the first of a two Volume set on Rio Grande's secret places. This Volume covers the Tunnel District of Colorado's front range. Included are over 150 striking images from this region, including nearly 30 in color. Described and illustrated are historical foundations of the present route, as well as past and current operations over the line. photographs include both steam and diesel, providing views of Denver & Salt Lake, Denver & Rio Grande Western and Southern Pacific. 206 pages, B&W, Hardcover.

$29.95
$24.95

Rio Grande Steam Finale Narrow gauge RR Photography in Colorado & New Mexico
By Karl Zimmermann & Don Hofsommer
Rio Grande Steam Finale is a spectacular collection of photography showcasing the Denver & Rio Grande Western's narrow-gauge railroads in Colorado and NewMexico, which during the 1950s and 1960s became the last great steam locomotiveshow in North America. Railroad photographers from all over the country came to document, portray, and interpret these lines in their final decades. Drawing from its rich collections of photography by talents such as John Gruber, Richard Steinheimer, Victor Hand, Jim Shaughnessy, and others, the Center for Railroad Photography & Art has gathered the best of their work in this deluxe, hardcover volume. The half-century-old trains are pictured in thrilling action, climbing steep mountain grades, crossing high trestles, winding beside rivers, and traveling vast flatlands. Thundering steam locomotives billow plumes of smoke, some doubled together at the head end and some assisted by rear helpers ahead of timeworn cabooses; they're seen from trackside, from hilltops, from pacing cars,and from inside the cab. Exquisite scenes at day, night, and twilight capture the railroad people, engine houses, rolling stock, lineside structures, and magnificent scenery that shaped the Rio Grande's legendary narrow-gauge system. Riveting essays by noted authors Don Hofsommer and Karl Zimmermann, both of whom experienced the narrow-gauge lines first-hand in the 1960s, provide context and personal insights. The story concludes with a stunning chapter of contemporary photography of the lines that have survived to become today's Durango & Silverton NarrowGauge Railroad and the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad. 228 pages, 200 Photos Color & B&W, Hardcover.

$60.00
$47.95

Rio Grande Trackside; with Jim Ozment
By James Sandrin
The all-color photographic perspective of a Division Engineer of the Rio Grande during the 1950s and 60s, both in his work and hobby. 128 pages, Color, Hardcover.

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$54.95
$41.95

Rock Island in Color V. 1; 1948-1964
By Lloyd E. Stagner
Return to the citadel of exotic diesels as the amazing roster of RI is unfolded in this all-color 128-page book. Steam is prominent too as the story of RI’s ups-and-downs is described through almost 200 vintage photos of trains and operations throughout the huge multi-state system. 128 pages, Color, Hardcover.

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$49.95
$36.95
Rock Island Power in Color V. 1; 1-563
By Robert J. Yanosey
After a short look at steam, a model-by-model tour of the road’s diesel fleet begins with LWT #1. Continuing numerically through the freight cab units, U-boats, and suburban diesels, Volume 1 ends with #563 an SW900m. 128 pages, Color, Hardcover.
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Rock Island Power in Color V. 2: 601 to 4909
By Robert J. Yanosey
RI roster numbers 600 to 4909 encompasses everything from prewar Alco cab units to SD40-2’s. Painted in a wide array of colors and assigned to varied duties as the years passed by, they did their best as the Rock Island crumbled beneath them. 128 pages, Color, Hardcover.
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Rock Island Westward V. 1 "Memories of the High Line"
By Thomas R. Lee
Small number found at printer. Volume 1 of a detailed history of the Clay Center Line, also known as the "High Line," the Rock Island Railroad's Kansas subdivision from McFarland to Belleville. Covers the history from construction in 1887 to shutdown in 1980, including the years of glory when the Colorado Flyer, Red Ball freights and local passenger trains ran swiftly to the years of heartbreak when floods, wrecks and looming bankruptcy took their toll. Extensive interviews with Rock Island employees help to flesh out the story. Includes detailed information on schedules and motive power. With timetables, end paper maps. 256 pages, Color & B&W, Hardcover.

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$46.95

Rock Island Westward V. 3 "The Western Division"
By Thomas R. Lee
This is the third and final volume by the author on the history of the Rock Island Railroad Western Division, which extended west from Council Bluffs, Iowa, to both Denver and Colorado Springs. This brief book, based on a manuscript which the author had prepared prior to his death in 2014, presents freight train operations on the Western Division between 1930 and 1952. This time frame corresponds to Rock Island service during the Great Depression, World War II and the postwar end of steam power. This book includes authoritative text on Rock Island freight operations across the division, plus historical photographs by noted rail photographers Otto Perry and Richard Kindig. This is a complementary companion piece to earlier volumes in the series. 280 pages, Color & B&W, Hardcover.

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$46.95

Rocky Mountain Railroads V. 11; Durango to Alamosa and Salida
By Richard Dorman and Bob Hayden
Here's the story of the narrow gauge routes of the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad from Durango, Colorado, to Chama, New Mexico, and on to Antonito, Alamosa, and Salida, Colorado. The lines covered include 350 miles of railroad in two states, and the scenery ranges from the rugged San Juan and Sangre de Cristo mountains to sub-alpine meadows and broad, flat agricultural valleys. 174 pages, Color and B&W Photos, Hardcover.

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$37.95

Route of the Chiefs; Santa Fe in the Streamlined Era
by Greg Stout
Route of the Chiefs is THE photographic history of how the Santa Fe rose to being the foremost passenger carriers in the streamliner era. From the premiere Super Chief to the wide network of secondary trains, this new 256-page volume is next thing to being on board. If ever a railroad was a friend to the passenger, Santa Fe was it. From the 1892 version of the California Limited, to the Santa Fe De-Luxe, the 1926 Chief, 1937 Super Chief - no other railroad offered greater luxury to its first-class clientele. Later, with the inauguration of the 1938 El Capitan, the company's fast, modern accommodations came to coach travelers as well. Add to that the remaining Chiefs and streamliners, including the San Francisco Chief, Texas Chief, the Chief itself, Grand Canyon, Chicagoan, Kansas Cityan, San Diegan, Golden Gates, and a host of supporting cast players like The Cavern, El Pasoan, Tulsan and others - it's hard to conceive of any railroad that did it as well. 258 pages, B&W and Color photos, Hardcover.

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$79.95
$64.95

 

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