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    Intermodal Railroading

    Intermodal Railroading Lowest new price: $16.00
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    Author: Brian Solomon

    This richly illustrated history chronicles one of the most revolutionary developments in freight railroading during the twentieth century: intermodal shipping, or the use of containers to move cargo between trains, trucks, and oceangoing vessels. It was a development that transformed the movement of freight around the world, with an almost incalculable impact on American industry.

     

    Intermodal railroading in North America begins tentatively, with attempts at piggybacking in the 1930s, before moving on to more serious developments in the period from World War II through the 1960s, notably by Canadian Pacific and the New Haven and Southern Pacific railroads. After looking at early intermodal technology and traffic, particularly the formation of pioneering equipment manufacturer and provider TTX, author Brian Solomon turns to the contemporary period. His account of mighty changes in North American shipping ranges from the implications of deregulation and various railroad mergers, to the emergence of partnerships between railroads and trucking and shipping firms. In addition to railroads like Conrail, BNSF, and CSX, this comprehensive history features trucking, freight delivery, and forwarding firms such as J. B. Hunt, Sea-Land, Maersk, and K-Line. It also considers the importance of specialized modern rolling stock, motive power, loading equipment, and intermodal hubs including South Kearney, Seattle, Long Beach, Oakland, and Houston.

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    Leaders Count: The Story of the BNSF Railway

    Leaders Count: The Story of the BNSF Railway Lowest new price: $3.89
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    Author: Lawrence H. Kaufman

    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.


    Great Book of Trains

    Great Book of Trains Lowest new price: $50.00
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    Author: Brian Hollingsworth
    Brand: Brand: Crestline

    This illustrated volume -- full of technical details on more than 300 of the world's greatest locomotives -- is sure to please even the most knowledgeable railfans.Tracing the development of railpower around the world, the book begins with the age of steam, describing a host of passenger locomotives that powered the world's first great railway boom, before going on to describe the most significant locomotives developed during the 150-plus years that followed -- each illustrated with a selection of archival photography and specially commissioned color drawings. From early pioneers of the 1830s to 20th century giants like Union Pacific's Challenger, the book provides full descriptions of every locomotive featured, along with fascinating facts and anecdotes. A text of great historical and technical value, the book also examines more efficient forms of railpower developed in the 1990s and looks ahead to the future of railroading.

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    EMD Locomotives

    EMD Locomotives Lowest new price: $74.75
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    Author: Brian Solomon
    Brand: Voyageur Press

    In February 2005, General Motors announced its decision to sell its Electro-Motive Division (EMD), thus ending its 75-year association with one of the most renowned brands in railroading. Looking at the heritage of the venerable EMD in light of this momentous development, this monumental volume offers an overview of the great locomotive maker unprecedented in its scope and unparalleled in the spectacular quality of its photographs. Leading railroad author and photographer Brian Solomon provides an authoritative, comprehensive account of EMD's history, from its genesis in 1922 as the independent Electro-Motive Corporation, to GM's acquisition of the company in 1930, and on through the age of today's ""superpower"" locomotives. From the earliest 1920s railcars to the iconic mid-century F units, workhorse GP and SD locomotives, and Dash series; to the company's race with its chief competitor, General Electric, to reach 6,000 horsepower, EMD's complete story unfolds here in depth and detail, illustrated with a wealth of archival photos from across the country, as well as a remarkable collection of color photography from top railway photographers of the last half century.

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    The Haywire: A Brief History of the Manistique and Lake Superior Railroad

    The Haywire: A Brief History of the Manistique and Lake Superior Railroad Lowest new price: $24.45
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    Author: Hugh A. Hornstein
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    "The Haywire," a railroad more properly known as the Manistique and Lake Superior Railroad for much of its existence, was one of what Willis Dunbar called the "Little Fellows." In its earliest days it was the product of a New York visionary who saw a bright future for the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Builders laid track through gloomy swamps, heavy forests, and treacherous muskegs. During its three-quarters of a century of existence, the railroad carried iron ores, lumber, pulpwood, alcoholic beverages, and livestock. Having limited passenger accommodations, it carried them in both passenger cars as well as cabooses, in rail-mounted motor cars, and, even, on occasion, in the locomotive cabs. Briefly, it even carried passengers on its own railroad car ferry. 
         "The Haywire" played a major role in the industrial development of Michigan's Manistique and Schoolcraft counties. However, for much of its life it existed in virtual anonymity-merely the northern branch of a Lower Peninsula railroad. 
         Started by visionaries, the railroad was finished by scavengers. By 1968, "The Haywire" had outlived its usefulness; it had become an economic drain on its parent, the Ann Arbor Railroad, which also had economic problems. With one exception, the industries it had helped to found had ceased to exist. Trucks, cars, and a major class-1 railroad had taken over virtually all traffic; therefore, on 18 July 1968, at 12:01 A.M. "The Haywire" ceased to exist. 
     

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    Railroadiana : The Official Price Guide For the Year 2000 and Beyond

    Railroadiana : The Official Price Guide For the Year 2000 and Beyond Lowest new price: $33.98
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    Author: Bill Knous
    Brand: Brand: Rrm Pub.

    This is the most comprehensive price and identification guide ever published on railroad collectables. For generations, railroads were America's premier form of transportation and they left behind a tremendous volume of memorabilla that found its way into attics and basements. Now collectors are rediscovering these railroad treasures - and values are rising. This volume, an essential reference for all antique collectors and dealers, contains thousands of detailed listings in more than 30 popular categories of railroading, including dining car china, glassware, and silver; lanterns; locks and keys; timetables, brochures, and advertising; and much more. Richly illustrated with nearly 1,000 photos of top-quality collectibles, and featuring reliable pricing from the experts at one of America's top railroad auction companies. Features: The only comprehensive price guide for one of the fastest-growing areas of collecting; Thousands of listings and hundreds of photos covering 30 popular categories; Expert pricing from a top railroad memorabilia auction company.

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    A Collector's Guide and History to Lionel Trains: Prewar O Gauge (Lionel Collector's Guide)

    A Collector's Guide and History to Lionel Trains: Prewar O Gauge (Lionel Collector's Guide) Lowest new price: $50.00
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    Author: Tom McComas

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    N Scale Model Railroad Track Plans

    N Scale Model Railroad Track Plans Lowest new price: $79.98
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    Brand: Brand: Kalmbach Pub Co

    This book of plans takes the beginner from the simple oval all the way to complicated, multi-track layouts. Tells you exactly which pieces you'll need and how much space the final layout will take. 44 pages.

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    Traveling the Pennsylvania Railroad: Photographs of William H. Rau

    Traveling the Pennsylvania Railroad: Photographs of William H. Rau Lowest new price: $58.00
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    In the 1890s Philadelphia's preeminent photographer, William H. Rau, was commissioned to take more than 450 photographs along the routes of the Pennsylvania Railroad in order to promote travel on the railway to the general public. Known as "the standard railroad of the world," the PRR was the largest rail system in the East and linked metropolitan New York and Philadelphia to Pittsburgh and such industrial cities of the Midwest as Chicago and St. Louis.

    Using a mammoth view camera that made 18-inch by 22-inch glass negatives, Rau produced a spectacular series of images for the railroad's promotional use. The remarkably detailed and texturally rich albumen prints, on deposit at The Library Company of Philadelphia, display a harmony between the railroad and the natural and industrial landscapes through which the line passed. The collection includes striking views not just of railcars, tracks, and stations but also of cities and towns, bridges, ferry boats, rivers, canals, factories, residences, and hotels, mostly in Pennsylvania, but with some views also of New York, New Jersey, and Maryland.

    This oversize volume reproduces almost 100 of the photographs, carefully selected for their historical and artistic significance, as full-page quadtone images, capturing the impact of the originals as closely as possible. The photographs are arranged in geographical order along the various branches of the PRR, and each photograph is accompanied by a descriptive caption provided by PRR expert James J. D. Lynch, Jr. In the three essays that complement the photographs, Kenneth Finkel details Rau's career and early commercial photography, Mary Panzer places Rau and his PRR photographs in the context of the history of American landscape photography, and John R. Stilgoe discusses the advent of railroad advertising photography and its role in shaping perceptions of the American landscape.

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    First Steps in Railway Modelling

    First Steps in Railway Modelling Lowest new price: $19.99
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    Author: C.j. Freezer
    Brand: Brand: Ian Allan Publishing

    Takes the beginner through the various steps to be followed in transforming a train set into a model railway, from construction of baseboards, track-laying, basic electronics, and applying it to the construction of three layouts. Other chapters deal with scenery, operations and modelling the contemporary railway scene. Packed with photos and diagrams that simplify the fundamentals of the hobby. Published 1998

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