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Alco Treasury
By Steve Barry & Otto M. Vondrak
While the American Locomotive Company (Alco) ceased domestic production in 1969, many of their designs continue to enjoy productive careers to this day. These classic diesels have developed their own loyal fan following from coast to coast. Throttle up and enjoy this exciting collection of Alco articles from the pages of Railfan & Railroad. The glory days are gone, and their ranks diminished, but a half-century after Alco called it quits, their locomotives labor on. It’s a testament to the rugged nature of the machines and to the dedication of the keepers of the faith that maintain and operate these Alco survivors.

  • Introduction by Greg McDonnell
  • Winner by a Nose
  • EMD Guts for Alco Glory
  • When Alcos Came from GE: Part 1
  • When Alcos Came from GE: Part 2
  • The Elusive Hammerhead
  • Plaster City Alcos
  • Second-Hand, First Hand
  • From Cartier to Cohocton: The Gang of Eight
  • Genesee Valley Transportation
  • Burlington Northern's Alco Accumulation
  • Conrail Alcos of Conway
  • Alco Inspiration

95 pages, Color and B&W, Softcover.



Chicago and North Western’s Many Faces
By Dean Freimund
This book covers the many facets of the C&NW system in 17 chapters; from commuter trains to ore haulers to branch lines, plus much more. LOTS of photographs never before published! 144 pages, All Color, Hardcover.



Classic Railroad Scenes Railroads at Work
By Art Peterson
Get great snapshots of railroading history in Art Peterson’s newest book! You’ll find 100+ color railroad photos of the Transition and Classic eras. Classic Railroad Scenes: Railroads at Work provides an intimate view of freight railroading including:

  • Inside yards and a roundhouse
  • At rail-marine facilities
  • Up close views of cars at industries
  • And much more! 

This 224-page book features 100+ color railroad photos of the Transition and Classic eras from the Krambles-Peterson Archive covering the 1940s through the 1970s. Organized geographically, each large photo includes in-depth captions which go beyond just telling you what is in the photo. Instead, they put the images in context with the greater railroad scene as well as what was going on in the larger society.  Don’t miss this close-up view of freight railroading in North America! 223 pages, Color, Softcover.



Fifty Years of Amtrak Train
By Bruce Goldberg & David C. Warner
Marking Amtrak’s 50th anniversary, this all-new book presents a thorough summary of every Amtrak route since 1971, featuring detailed tables, surveying train schedules, and station stops at ten-year intervals. Also included are comprehensive lists of train names, stations, through-car operations, and various service curtailments and restoration. More than 400 color photographs highlight Amtrak’s operations in every U.S. state and Canadian province ever served by the company. It’s a history of Amtrak like no other! 256 pages, Color and B&W, Detailed Route MapHorzontal Format, Hardcover.



From Grand Central to Albany New York Central’s Water Level Route
By John Ham w/Rail Historians Roger Liller & E.C.Dauner
Over the years numerous books have been produced depicting trains along the old New York Central Main Line between New York City and Albany.  Early ones deal mainly with locomotives and equipment roster shots with some fine scenic views tossed in here and there. More recent publications deal with modern day diesel and electric trains.  Other books have focused on the Penn Central, Conrail, Amtrak and MTA years. This volume focuses on the Central's "Glory Years" using a multitude of magnificent steam and early diesel photos taken along the Water Level Route by some of the most noted rail photographers of the 20th Century.  Many of the images have not previously been published. 
This volume contains not only superb New York Central photos, but images of connecting railroads and industries of all sorts that were served by the Central in one capacity of another.  There are even little known mining railroads included in this volume.  Over 650 images cover this trip up the scenic Hudson Valley. 336 pages, 650 Photos, Hardcover



Guide to Electro-Motive E and F Units
By Jeff Wilson
Get all the details behind the Electro-Motive E and F units that revolutionized the railroading industry during the steam-to-diesel transition era. Guide to Electro-Motive E and F Units showcases how streamlined locomotives revolutionized the railroading industry during the steam-to-diesel transition era from 1935 to 1960. Written by well-known author Jeff Wilson, this all-new book details the development of diesel locomotives, how they were first accepted as passenger locomotives, and then how they took over heavy freight service. Featuring over 200 photos, including many full-color images, and line drawings of most E and F unit models, this 192-page book guides you through the evolution of these iconic locomotives. You’ll learn about:

  • How they came to be
  • Introduction to freight
  • Post-war passenger boom
  • Freight dieselization
  • Demise of E and F units
  • And more!

This must-have book is perfect for both railfans and model railroaders! Whether you want to learn about the dieselization of railroads, re-create E and F units on your model railroad, or just like streamlined diesels, you’ll get all the details behind Electro-Motive E and F units. 192 pages, Color and B&W, Softcover.



How a Steam Locomotive Works
By Brian Solomon
Follow along with accomplished railway author Brian Solomon as he guides you through the various components and evolution of steam locomotives. You’ll learn how locomotives were designed, how they work, their strengths and weaknesses, how they evolved, and more! Unlock the secrets of steam locomotives with this comprehensive book covering how they work, including their design, evolution, and construction. Learn about how they were designed, how they work, what each of the components do, and how the engines operated. Well-known railway author Brian Solomon covers their strengths and weaknesses, how they evolved, and how and why diesel locomotives were able to supersede them.  You’ll get an in-depth view of the fascinating and extremely popular steam locomotives used throughout history including:

  • How steam locomotive components work together to get a train into motion
  • The evolution of steam leading to more-powerful locomotives 
  • The various wheel arrangements and what service each was designed for
  • Differences among coal- and oil-fired types
  • And more!

Featuring extensive photo coverage and drawings, this 208-page book is essential for any railfan or model railroader. Take the mystery out of these iconic living, breathing beings! 206 pages, Color and B&W, Softcover.



Kansas City Southern: Midwest Division
By Kevin Eudaly
The KCS system in the U.S. sprawls across nine Midwestern states with headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri. The system reaches into Illinois to Jacksonville, Springfield, and East St. Louis. The traditional southern main line moves traffic to Dallas, New Orleans, and Port Arthur, Texas. Later additions carry KCS rails east through Monroe, Louisiana, and Jackson, Mississippi, to Meridian and Artesia, Mississippi, and an even later addition touches Tennessee at Counce. Southern Texas and Mexico-bound traffic rolls from Beaumont through Houston to Corpus Christi and Laredo, where KCS rails continue deep into Mexico. This volume chronicles KCS east from Kansas City across the former Gateway Western and south from Kansas City to the end of the Shreveport Subdivision at Shoreline, Louisiana. 257 pages, 371 All Color Photos, 7 Maps, Horizontal Format, Hardcover.



Manufacturer’s Catalog Archive Book 30
Baldwin - Lima - Hamilton Diesel Electric Locomotives

This book reproduces a number of publications from Baldwin-Lima-Hamilton. The story of Baldwin-Lima-Hamilton:  This is a look at the company and its operations. Included is a look at the Diesel Shop, Southwark Shop, Foundry, Weld Shop, Erecting Shop, Standard Steel Works, export operations, the Pelton Water Wheel Company, the Lima Works, the Hamilton Works, the Austin-Western Company, the products they produce and ordnance production during World War 2. Bulletin 2005 Baldwin-Lima-Hamilton Diesel-Electric Locomotives: This includes data and specifications for the RF-16, RS-12, S-12, AS-16, AS-416 and AS-616. Lima-Hamilton Diesel Electric Locomotives for Railroad and Industrial Switching One Thousand Horse-Power for Traction: This details the components and design of the 1000hp switching engine. Lima-Hamilton Diesel Electric Locomotives for Railroad and Industrial Switching Twelve Hundred Horse-Power for Traction: This details the components and design of the 1200hp switching engine. 80 pages, B&W, Softcover.



Manufacturer’s Catalog Archive Book 32
General Electric Diesel Electric Locomotives

This reproduces a number of General Electric Publications on their Diesel-Electric and Turbine Electric Locomotives.
Included are:
Diesel-Electric Industrial Locomotives: This looks at the advantages of the G-E Diesel Electric Switcher, how they cut costs, save time and boost productivity.  This looks at the different types of locomotives and their performance. Also included is a look at their use in Car Manufacturing, Chemical, Lumber, Rock Products, Steel and Utilities industries.

45 ton Diesel-Electric for Industrial Switching: This looks at the 45 ton 4 Axle 300 HP engine, its performance, design and components. 
• 65 ton Diesel-Electric for Industrial Switching: This looks at the 65 ton 4 Axle 400 HP engine, its performance, design and components. 
• G-E 70 Ton Locomotive: This looks at the 70 ton, 600 HP locomotive, including it's design, performance and components. 
• 80 ton Diesel-Electric for Industrial Switching: This looks at the 80 ton 4 Axle 550 HP engine, its performance, design and components. 
• Building Profits on America's Railroads General Electric U25B U25C Diesel Electric Locomotives: This is a look at the U25B and U25C.  This looks at the design of the engines, their features and the FDL-16 Diesel Engine.
• G.E.'s Gas Turbine-Electrics Open Up New Era in Railroad Motive Power: This looks at the development of the Gas Turbine Engine, their use hauling freight trains, and the principals of Gas Turbine Operation.
• Presenting the General Electric More Power to America Special: This looks at the More Power to America Special Train and some of the exhibits about electrical power. 

110 pages, B&W, Softcover.



Manufacturer’s Catalog Archive Book 33
Fairmont Railway Motors MOW & Work Equipment

This reproduces 2 catalogs from Fairmont Railway Motors. Fairmont Railway Motor Cars and Work Equipment: This is a 1944 publication that includes information and specifications on Inspection Cars, Section Cars, Gang Cars, the engines used on these cars, including both Roller-Bearing and Ball Bearing models, accessories for the cars, trailers, push cars, weed burners, ballast equipment, weed mowers and derrick cars. Fairmont Railway Maintenance of Way Equipment: This is a 1977 publication that includes information on the Ballast Maintenance Car, Spike Pullers, Rail Lifters, Tie Sherers, Tie Removers, Tie Bed Scarifiers, Tie Inserters, Spike Drivers, Mowers, Track Liners, Derrick Cars, Hy-Rail Cars, Trucks and Cranes, Inspection Cars, Section Cars and Gang Cars and accessories for them. 76 pages, B&W, Horizontal Format, Softcover.



Manufacturer’s Catalog Archive Book 34
Vulcan Locomotive V2: Steam & Diesel Locomotives

This volume collects a number of Vulcan publications, including: Electric Haulage and Gathering Locomotives: This looks at electric locomotives for mining and other uses. Vulcan 35 to Class HW-35: This provides details on the design of the HW-35 Engine, it's specifications and capacities. Vulcan Tank Type Locomotives: This looks at Tank Locomotives built by Vulcan.  Includes specifications and details on 0-4-0, 0-6-0, 0-4-2, 2-4-2 and 2-6-2 models.  This also includes a look at Tender-type locomotives, Diesel and Gasoline Geared Locomotives and Diesel-Electric Locomotives. Fifty Ton Diesel-Electric Locomotive: This looks at the design and capabilities of the 300 HP Class 2E-BDR-2M locomotives. 65-Ton Diesel-Electric Locomotive: This looks at the design and capabilities of the 400 HP Class 2E-BD-4M locomotives.  Improved Equipment for the Modern Sugar Factory: This looks at equipment for Sugar Cane Mills including Kingboltless Mills, Boiling House Equipment, Juice Heaters, Evaporators, Vacuum Pans and Condensers as well as diesel-electric, steam and diesel and Gasoline Geared Locomotives for sugar plantation service. 25-Ton Diesel-Electric Locomotive: This looks at the design and capabilities of the 150 HP Class 1E-ADR-1M locomotives. Vulcan Storage Battery Locomotives For Coal Mines, Metal Mines and General Industrial Track Haulage: This looks at the different Storage Battery locomotives built by Vulcan, their design and components and the advantages of these locomotives. Diesel Locomotives with Four-Speed Mechanical Transmission and Side-Rod Drive: This includes a look at the design of the locomotives, their components and capabilities. Modern Steam Locomotives for Freight and Passenger Service: This looks at the steam locomotives built by Vulcan. Includes locomotives for the Turkish State Railways, Manila Railroad Company and the Peloponese Railways of Greece. Vulcan Locomotives for the Mining Industry: This includes images of Steam, diesel and electric locomotives for use in the mining industry. Vulcan-Duplex Steam Locomotives: This looks at the advantages of the Vulcan-Duplex Steam Locomotive, specifications of the engines and their capabilities 84 pages, B&W, Softcover.



Manufacturer’s Catalog Archive Book 37
Heisler Locomotives V2: Geared Locomotives

This reproduces 3 Heisler publications: Catalog 108- This is a catalog from 1908.  Included in this catalog is a look at the Heisler geared locomotives, their general arrangement and gearing design, main frame, braking system, boiler, cab and specifications. Catalog 115- This catalog looks at the Heisler geared locomotives, their trucks and gearing, sand boxes, bearings, main frame, brake system, boilers and more.  Well illustrated. 1908 Repair List- This includes label drawings of the locomotives and components indicating all of the different parts. 118 pages, B&W, Softcover.



Manufacturer’s Catalog Archive Book 38
Fairbanks Morse Locomotives V1: Diesels

This includes reproductions of 2 Fairbanks-Morse publications: Fairbanks-Morse Train Master: 2400 Horsepower Diesel Locomotive: This is a look at the Train Master.  This includes a look at the power plant, transmission, fuel and oil supplies, train heating capability, air brakes, dyanamic brakes, dimensions, running gear, hood construction and cab arrangement. Lackawanna Story- This is a look at the use of the Train Master on the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western.  Includes their use in Freight, Commuter and Passenger service. 50 pages, B&W, Softcover.



Marshall Pass, Denver & Rio Grande Gateway to the Gunnison Country.
Featuring the Dow Helmers Collection
By Walter R. Borneman
40th Annual Edition A seminal charter in Colorado’s Mountain railroading
Western Reflections Pub. Co. 175 pages, B&W, Softcover.



Passenger Train Annual 2021
The 2021 Passenger Train Annual covers your favorite trains from the past and present, including...
• Celebrating 50 Years of Amtrak
• Twilight for Budd M3s in New York
• Passenger Hood Units of the 1960s
• North Coast Hiawatha Memories
• Ties That Bind: Cross-Border Trains, and much more!
Western Reflections Pub. Co. 175 pages, B&W, Softcover.



People Moving People: The History of VIA Rail Canada
By Kevin J. Holland
This book recounts the history of VIA rail Canada, from its 1970s origins to its 40th Anniversary in 2018 and beyond.
288 pages, Color, Horizontal Format, Hardcover.



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!



Southern Pacific Trainline
Summer 2022 #152
Dunsmuir Turntable; the Friendship trains; Oxnard Depot & Frt operations



The Milwaukee Road Railroader
2nd Quarter 2022
Magazine Contents;

Going Out in Style.
Mr. "Van" Van Sickle.

Portfolio: The Milwaukee Road in Milwaukee.

Ride 'em Cowboy!.

Four Guys and a Bulldog - Modeling the 5901.

Departments: Trailing Units

 48 pages, Color, Softcover.


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

Is. 81 Summer 2021; ”The Golden State Route” going west on the Rock Island. Chicago, St. Louis, Kansad City, Phoenix, LA. Softcover 266 pages B&W/Color