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    How Steam Locomotives Really Work (Popular Science)

    How Steam Locomotives Really Work (Popular Science) Lowest new price: $14.58
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    Author: P. W. B. Semmens
    Brand: Oxford University Press USA

    Steam locomotives were developed in the early part of the 19th Century, initially by Trevithick, and then most successfully by George Stephenson, whose engine Locomotion inaugurated the famous Stockton and Darlington Railway in 1825. For the next 150 years, steam locomotives were further developed and refined, until the advent of new electrical technology superseded them. Although British Railways operated its last main-line steam locomotives in 1968, there is still immense interest in the large numbers of locomotives that have been privately preserved, and which run on heritage railways and in various parts of the world. This book describes the anatomy and physiology of the steam train, to enable all train enthusiasts to understand the workings of the various types of engines in use. It covers the design of the engine, the process of converting fuel into mechanical tractive effort to haul passenger and freight trains, and the function and design of the various components of the engine. The authors also outline the reasons behind the safe and efficient operation and maintenance of steam locomotives. Although the steam locomotive originated in the UK, there were parallel lines of development in North America and in various other European countries, many of which introduced their own individual features. These are dealt with in the book, which will appeal to railway enthusiasts throughout the world.

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    Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway

    Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Lowest new price: $59.62
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    Author: Brian Solomon

    Here is the detailed and fascinating history of how two legendary railroads — the Santa Fe and the Burlington Northern (which itself was comprised four major railroads) — merged in 1995 to create what remains one of America’s rail icons, the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF). A blockbuster railroad merits a history book of the same scale, and this book will awe railfans with its rich content.

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    The Great Society Subway: A History of the Washington Metro (Creating the North American Landscape)

    The Great Society Subway: A History of the Washington Metro (Creating the North American Landscape) Lowest new price: $61.56
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    Author: Zachary M. Schrag
    Brand: Brand: Johns Hopkins University Press

    Drivers in the nation's capital face a host of hazards: high-speed traffic circles, presidential motorcades, jaywalking tourists, and bewildering signs that send unsuspecting motorists from the Lincoln Memorial into suburban Virginia in less than two minutes. And parking? Don't bet on it unless you're in the fast lane of the Capital Beltway during rush hour.

    Little wonder, then, that so many residents and visitors rely on the Washington Metro, the 106-mile rapid transit system that serves the District of Columbia and its inner suburbs. In the first comprehensive history of the Metro, Zachary M. Schrag tells the story of the Great Society Subway from its earliest rumblings to the present day, from Arlington to College Park, Eisenhower to Marion Barry.

    Unlike the pre–World War II rail systems of New York, Chicago, and Philadelphia, the Metro was built at a time when most American families already owned cars, and when most American cities had dedicated themselves to freeways, not subways. Why did the nation's capital take a different path? What were the consequences of that decision?

    Using extensive archival research as well as oral history, Schrag argues that the Metro can be understood only in the political context from which it was born: the Great Society liberalism of the Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon administrations. The Metro emerged from a period when Americans believed in public investments suited to the grandeur and dignity of the world's richest nation. The Metro was built not merely to move commuters, but in the words of Lyndon Johnson, to create "a place where the city of man serves not only the needs of the body and the demands of commerce but the desire for beauty and the hunger for community."

    Schrag scrutinizes the project from its earliest days, including general planning, routes, station architecture, funding decisions, land-use impacts, and the behavior of Metro riders. The story of the Great Society Subway sheds light on the development of metropolitan Washington, postwar urban policy, and the promises and limits of rail transit in American cities.

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    American Locomotives: An Engineering History, 1830-1880

    American Locomotives: An Engineering History, 1830-1880 Lowest new price: $61.98
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    Author: Professor John H. White Jr.
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    In 1835, there were 175 steam locomotives in service in the United States. By 1900, that number had increased to 37,663. In this newly revised and expanded edition of his classic work, renowned railroad historian John H. White, Jr., chronicles the explosive growth and development of the steam locomotive in America -- from the first British imports to the New York elevated locomotives of the 1880s -- and adds more than fifty new pages of superb illustrations and text.

    Beginning with the early era of locomotive design, White describes the background and methods of the first American builders, the special requirements of American railroads, construction materials, locomotive types, performance, and costs. He then turns to the development of individual components: boilers and running gears, headlights and cowcatchers, sandboxes, bells, and whistles. Throughout, remarkably detailed scale drawings -- many reproduced from the original working drawings -- illustrate design features and modifications.

    For this new edition, White offers eleven new detailed and comprehensive case histories of individual locomotives, beginning with the 1843 La Junta. Each case history provides a wealth of historical background, mechanical information, and engineering analysis. White also includes a special section that updates and annotates the information found in the original edition.

    This beautifully complete and authoritative history stands as a landmark in its field. Now in a new edition, it will continue to delight railroad enthusiasts, model builders, historians of technology, and anyone with an interest in American railroads.

    From reviews of the first edition: "An outstanding engineering and publishing masterpiece." -- Journal of American History

    "The definitive reference work on the technical development of the early locomotive." -- Business History Review

    "White does a splendid job... through the combined use of narrative and over 230 highly detailed, sharp and clear pictures and drawings." -- Civil War History

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    New York Subways: An Illustrated History of New York City's Transit Cars

    New York Subways: An Illustrated History of New York City's Transit Cars Lowest new price: $51.87
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    Author: Gene Sansone

    The first subway line in New York City opened on October 27, 1904. To celebrate the centennial of this event, the Johns Hopkins University Press presents a new edition of Gene Sansone's acclaimed book, Evolution of New York City Subways. Produced under the auspices of New York's Metropolitan Transit Authority, this comprehensive account of the rapid transit system's design and engineering history offers an extensive array of photographs, engineering plans, and technical data for nearly every subway car in the New York City system from the days of steam and cable to the present.

    The product of years of meticulous research in various city archives, this book is organized by type of car, from the 1903–04 wood and steel Composite cars to the R142 cars put into service in 2000. For each car type, Sansone provides a brief narrative history of its design, construction, and service record, followed by detailed schematic drawings and accompanying tables that provide complete technical data, from the average cost per car and passenger capacity to seat and structure material, axle load, and car weight. Sansone also includes a helpful subway glossary from A Car (the end car in a multiple car coupled unit) to Zone (a section of the train to the conductor's left or right side).

    Subway and train enthusiasts, students of New York City history, and specialists in the history of technology will appreciate this updated and authoritative reference work about one of the twentieth century's greatest urban achievements.

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    Pennsylvania Railroad's Broadway Limited (Great Passenger Trains)

    Pennsylvania Railroad's Broadway Limited (Great Passenger Trains) Lowest new price: $89.93
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    Author: Joe Welsh

    This authoritative, illustrated history tells the story of one of the country’s premier passenger trains, Pennsylvania Railroad’s Broadway Limited, an institution in New York-to-Chicago rail travel from 1902 to 1955.  Text and pictures introduce readers to the posh cars and powerful engines, the luxuries and amenities on board, the stations, terminals, and timetables—everything that made the train the pride of the Pennsylvania.
     
     

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    Narrow Gauge in the Rockies

    Narrow Gauge in the Rockies Lowest new price: $81.77
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    Author: Lucius Beebe
    Brand: Brand: Heimburger House Publishing

    1993 reprint of the classic Beebe and Clegg "Narrow Gauge in the Rockies." The book provides an overview of the six major Rocky Mountain narrow gauge railroads (the Denver & Rio Grande, Otto Mears short lines, the Denver, South Park & Pacific, the Florence & Cripple Creek, the Uintah and the Rio Grande Southern) augmented with a matchless album of photographs by masters such as William H. Jackson, L. C. McClure, Richard Kindig, Gerald Best, Jackson Thode, Jim Shaughnessy, Richard B. Jackson, Otto Perry, John Maxwell, Fred Jukes and with paintings by Howard Fogg and end paper map Frederic Shaw. Photos show steam locomotives in action as well as freight and passenger trains, stations, track facilities and equipment. The photos have detailed captions that paint a vivid portrait of life along the narrow gauge lines, covering topics as varied as wrecks, snow removal, railroad town hotels, the covered turntable at Corkscrew Gulch and the Alamosa depot fire of 1912. Includes scale drawings of a D&RG C-16, the D&RGW parlor-buffet cars Alamosa, Chama and Durango, and of the Rio Grande Southern business car Edna. With maps. Illustrated throughout with black and white photos and several color plates. With decorative end papers showing map of Colorado railroads. 224 pages.

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    The 400 Story: Chicago & North Western’s Premier Passenger Trains (Fesler-Lampert Minnesota Heritage)

    The 400 Story: Chicago & North Western’s Premier Passenger Trains (Fesler-Lampert Minnesota Heritage) Lowest new price: $21.30
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    Author: Jim Scribbins

    Three midwestern railroads introduced luxury passenger service in 1935, competing for Chicago–Twin Cities business and leisure travelers. Chicago and North Western’s modern, sleek, and fast rail line began with a conventional steam-powered train dubbed the “400” and named after its ambitious schedule: “400 miles in 400 minutes.” In 1939, it evolved into an even faster diesel-powered streamlined train, eventually expanding into a fleet of streamliners that served Wisconsin, Minnesota, and upper Michigan.

     

    The 400 Story captures the excitement of this era, tracing the rise and fall of the premier passenger system that made “Twin Cities 400” a household term in the upper Midwest.

     

    Jim Scribbins had a lifetime career at Milwaukee Road and is the author of The Hiawatha Story (Minnesota, 2006) and four other books about upper midwestern railroads. He lives in West Bend, Wisconsin.

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    Etched Loco Construction

    Etched Loco Construction Lowest new price: $128.90
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    Author: Iain Rice

    Etched metal locomotive kits allow even relatively new modelers to build realistic models. Mr. Rice, who designs and manufactures etched kits, has written a detailed history of their evolution, the pros and cons of various designs followed by clear advice about how to construct them. "The book includes a short history of etched kits and their evolution and some of the current professional techniques for producing them. The book also covers tools and materials, most of them are easily available and I suspect most hobbyists already have most of them on hand. In addition, preparing and forming the etched parts is covered in its own chapter along with some simple and easily constructed tools. A nice meaty chapter explains how to solder and assemble the basic unit and another chapter covers detailing in a fair amount of depth. The last chapter is a chapter on finishing, it's not very meaty, but as Mr. Rice points out, it's a subject worthy of its book. There's still enough information here to do a good job with. 80 pages, very well illustrated on glossy paper." From James Eckman's blog.

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    Train Wrecks: A Pictorial History of Accidents on the Main Line

    Train Wrecks: A Pictorial History of Accidents on the Main Line Lowest new price: $12.79
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    Author: Robert C Reed

    American railroad history is filled with accounts of misadventure. Steam boilers blew up. Bridges collapsed under the weight of heavy engines. Locomotives crashed head-on because of signal failures. Passenger cars derailed, often with dire results. Lightly built wooden coaches splintered on impact, and the debris often ignited from the coals in the iron stoves used for heating. In the mid-nineteenth century American railroading was burgeoning--a growth too fast for safe operations. Despite the grim statistics of 19th and early 20th century train wrecks that resulted, one cannot help but find the photographs and public prints of the day interesting. When you pick up this wonderous book, you will have a hard time putting it down

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