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    Diesels to Park Avenue: The FL9 Story

    Diesels to Park Avenue: The FL9 Story Lowest new price: $44.00
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    Author: Joseph R. Snopek

    A fascinating look at the GM/EMD's FL-9 locomotives as they run on the New Haven, Penn Central, Conrail, Amtrak, Metro North, Connecticut DOT and beyond. These "bulldog" units have been the subject of much controversy and this book explores the arguments on both sides of whether it was simply "FL 4.5" or capable of establishing a solid reputation on both diesel and third rail. The author details the original design and use of the "bulldogs" and then follows them through the years as they run throughout the Northeast. Illustrated with over 200 beautifully crisp full color photos on heavy, glossy paper showing FL-9s in all manner of paint schemes (which should be invaluable for the modeler of any of the above lines). With charts on engine specifications and status of fleet as of 1997 as well as a bibliography. 116 pages.


    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: $53.30
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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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    Leaders Count: The Story of the BNSF Railway

    Leaders Count: The Story of the BNSF Railway Lowest new price: $27.89
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    Author: Lawrence H. Kaufman
    Brand: Brand: Texas Monthly

    Mergers have affected railroads in ways few other industries have experienced, and in the last 50 years they have steered the business direction of American railroads. Leaders Count brings readers the dramatic story of how the Aurora Branch Railroad, which spanned from Aurora, Illinois, to Chicago, grew and developed into the modern-day BNSF Railway.

    The story begins with the many ways railroads shaped and settled the country and tells how the founders’ commitment to their dreams ensured the railroad’s success. The profiles of tenacious leaders like James J. Hill, known as The Empire Builder, and Matthew Rose, current CEO of BNSF, will inspire readers. This is a case history of the business strategies that have taken this company from its humble beginnings to the industry giant that it is today. More than 75 photos from the company’s extensive archives accompany the story of BNSF’s evolution.

    As one of the largest and most successful of U.S. railroads, BNSF Railway is a vibrant example of today’s freight railroad industry. While the book provides a brief history of railroads in general, including the five principal companies making up the present day BNSF, its focus is on the critical decisions and strategies implemented by its leaders, choices that ensured the railroad’s survival.

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    Railway Maintenance: The Men and Machines That Keep the Railroads Running

    Railway Maintenance: The Men and Machines That Keep the Railroads Running Lowest new price: $91.24
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    Author: Brian Solomon

    You may have seen some of these machines and tools as you roll alongside a rail bed. But what to call them, or knowing how they work, may allude you. Find the true identity of the different tools used to build and maintain railbeds and lines including tie pullers, rail grinders, and much, much more. Detailed photos show the machines and tools in action. This is a handy reference guide for fans of full-size railways or modelers.

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    The Toy Train Department: Electric Train Catalog Pages from the Legendary Sears Christmas Wishbooks of the 1950's and 1960's

    The Toy Train Department: Electric Train Catalog Pages from the Legendary Sears Christmas Wishbooks of the 1950's and 1960's Lowest new price: $108.78
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    Brand: Brand: Windmill Pr

    Electric trains were high on any boy's Christmas list during the Fifties and Sixties and Sears sold the finest. This neat book contains full-sized authorized reproductions of every catalog page of toy trains sold by Sears from 1950 through 1969. Organized by year, the best and rarest are illustrated: Lionel, Marx, American Flyer, Tyco and Revell trains and accessories. in all gauges. Includes all the original selling prices too! "Must Have" for any collector.

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    Southern Pacific Passenger Trains (Great Trains)

    Southern Pacific Passenger Trains (Great Trains) Lowest new price: $54.99
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    Author: Brian Solomon
    Brand: Voyageur Press

    Brian Solomon. Well into the 1950s, the Southern Pacific operated an extensive fleet of colorful (a color scheme nicknamed "daylight") and highly-regarded passenger trains that became the preferred mode of travel for the West Coast's nouveau riche film stars and businesspeople. This authoritative illustrated history covers the various forms of motive power used, the rolling stock and the SP's services. Archival photographs depict the trains on their routes from Portland to the Bay Area, Los Angeles and on through the desert Southwest to Texas and New Orleans. Also depicted are SP uniforms, dinnerware, stations and terminals, and interior views of cars. Also featured are period advertisements, timetables, and route maps, and coverage of the SP's cooperative efforts with Chicago & North Western, Union Pacific, and Rock Island in forwarding trains overland to Utah, Chicago and St. Louis.

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    HO Model Railroading Handbook: Build an Exciting HO Layout the Easy, Inexpensive Way

    HO Model Railroading Handbook: Build an Exciting HO Layout the Easy, Inexpensive Way Lowest new price: $52.42
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    Author: Robert Schleicher
    Brand: Brand: Gazelle Book Services Ltd

    The "3rd Edition of the HO Model Railroading Handbook" includes step-by-step instructions for building your choice of two tabletop model railroads empires. Or, learn how to enjoy those trains by simply setting them up on the floor with movable scenery and buildings. Model railroading is easier than ever, thanks to a host of new techniques, materials and products that are all available to you. Use hands-on techniques in this book to learn the quick and easy way to: use the new HO track and roadbed that snaps securely together; design your own layout with the actual track pieces; connect two wires to run as many as 10 trains on one track; build a lightweight table from common blue insulation foam panels and plywood; cover square yards of your layout with breathtakingly realistic "grass-that-grows"; install bridges and build tunnels; operate like a real railroad with "waybill" cards and a "sequence timetable"; and trouble-shoot and repair locomotives, cars and track.

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    Ensuring Railroad Tank Car Safety (SPECIAL REPORT (NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL (U S) TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH BOARD))

    Ensuring Railroad Tank Car Safety (SPECIAL REPORT (NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL (U S) TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH BOARD)) Lowest new price: $61.99
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    Author: Committee for the Study of the Railroad Tank Car Design Process


    In the Tracks of the West Clare Railway

    In the Tracks of the West Clare Railway Lowest new price: $6.00
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    Author: Eddie Lenihan
    Brand: Brand: Mercier Press

    Although trains are unlikely to ever again run between the Irish towns of Ennis and Kilkee, the legend of this little branch line of the southern railway system will live on as long as there are people who look back fondly on the past. Anyone with even a superficial acquaintance with Clare will know what a wealth of varied scenery it contains, together with abundant archaeological sites and historical remains spanning over 5,000 years of human habitation. Not least of these are the earthworks of the West and South Clare Railways. Eddie Lenihan believes that a time will come when parts of these lines will be preserved as national monuments, but until that happens their destruction will continue. For what was a railway is now a disjointed succession of pieces linking not just places but in a way two worlds: one unhurried and traditional, the other brash, frenzied and modern. In the Tracks of the West Clare Railway paints an evocative picture of a time when the railway breathed life into West Clare.

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    Pennsylvania Railroad's Broadway Limited (Great Passenger Trains)

    Pennsylvania Railroad's Broadway Limited (Great Passenger Trains) Lowest new price: $137.87
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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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