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    Standard Guide to Athearn Model Trains

    Standard Guide to Athearn Model Trains Lowest new price: $37.08
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    Author: Tim Blaisdell
    Brand: Brand: Krause Publications

    Athearn HO scale model railroad equipment has been a popular choice for hobbyists over the last 50 years. Here, the company's complete production history has been assembled into a comprehensive catalogue of Athearn models available. It details 4000 models, 2200 of which are out of production, with checklists and information to identify both rare and common kits.

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    VIA Rail (MBI Railroad Color History)

    VIA Rail (MBI Railroad Color History) Lowest new price: $6.01
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    Author: Christopher C. N. Greenlaw
    Brand: Brand: Voyageur Press

    Go VIA Rail and see Canada: Here is Canada’s national railway, covering 14,000 kilometers of track from the Atlantic to the Pacific, and from the Great Lakes to Hudson Bay. This illustrated history tells the story of how, starting in the early 1970s, VIA Rail became a separate Crown corporation, once and for all relieving the old Canadian National and Canadian Pacific railways of their beleaguered passenger operations. It is a story rich in history—and marked with failures and misfortunes right up to our day, when a need for convenient, fuel-efficient mass transportation holds out hope for a renaissance.

     

    Archival and modern photography, route maps, and print ads help detail the history of VIA Rail’s motive power and passenger cars from the likes of General Motors, Bombardier, Montreal Locomotive Works, and Budd Company, as well such passenger trains as The Canadian, The Atlantic, The Ocean, and The Super Continental. Chris Greenlaw also explains all of the political machinations that have inevitably shaped the railroad, and delves into its connection with Amtrak via The Maple Leaf.

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    Milwaukee Road Remembered: A Fresh Look at an Unusual Railroad

    Milwaukee Road Remembered: A Fresh Look at an Unusual Railroad Lowest new price: $71.29
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    Author: Jim Scribbins
    Brand: Brand: Kalmbach Publishing

    Originaly published: Waukesha, WI: Kalmbach Books, c1990.

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    20th Century Limited (Great Trains)

    20th Century Limited (Great Trains) Lowest new price: $115.13
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    Author: Karl Zimmerman
    Brand: Brand: MBI Publishing Company

    This authoritative history of the 20th Century Limited from 1902 to its 1967 demise examines the train; its steam, electric, and diesel motive power; and its swank passenger cars, services, and amenities. The Century was a train of magnates and movie stars, with a red carpet rolled out for departure from Chicago to New York City. With the finest of food in the diner and a full array of amenities - barber, secretary, shower, maid - the 20th Century Limited set the standards against which all other passenger trains would be measured. This book tells the complete story of this extraordinary train, from its illustrious beginning in the days of opulent wooden cars through its demise in the era of passenger-train cutbacks that lead to the formation of Amtrak.

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    The Port of New York. A History of the Rail and Terminal System from the Beginnings to Pennsylvania Station

    The Port of New York. A History of the Rail and Terminal System from the Beginnings to Pennsylvania Station Lowest new price: $103.11
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    Author: Carl W Condit

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    LMS Diesel Locomotives and Railcars (Locomotives of the LMS Series)

    LMS Diesel Locomotives and Railcars (Locomotives of the LMS Series) Lowest used price: $42.57
    Author: E.V. Richards

    Today's British motive power fleet is a tribute to the pioneering work of the LMS. Cl 56, 58, 60 and HST power cars use of AC generators based on the 10800 Hawk development and Cl 77 electrics used LMS designed bogies. Cl 40, 50 and DP2 used LMS designed engines and Peak Cl 44-46 used cab design from the famous 10000 and 10001. Our first generation DMU's owe much to the 1938 80000-2 LMS railcars. And, of course, our Cl 08 and 11 bear testimony to the quality of their LMS design 60 years ago. Author Edgar Richards takes readers through the fascinating history of the LMS diesel development. From the first steam conversion in 1932 to the rugged 0-6-0 shunters built in large numbers for war service at home and abroad, the revolutionary main line 10000, 10001, 10100 and 10800, and the Michelin, Coventry and LMS railcars, in total 208 locomotives, 15 railcars and 5 trolleys were operated by the LMS. Full details of their design, construction, modification, liveries, allocation and use are included. The book includes much new material and is highly recommended.


    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: $24.98
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    Author: Hugh A. Hornstein
    Brand: Brand: Michigan State University Press

    "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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    A Passion for Trains: The Railroad Photography of Richard Steinheimer

    A Passion for Trains: The Railroad Photography of Richard Steinheimer Lowest new price: $38.95
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    Author: Richard Steinheimer
    Brand: W.W. Norton & Co

    A tribute to the most revered railroad photographer of our time.

    To the true rail fan, Richard Steinheimer is an authentic hero, the best of the best. This, the first full-length celebration of his work, presents 160 of his duotone images, with an introduction by Jeff Brouws.

    A pioneer in train photography, Steinheimer lived through and documented the railroad's heyday and its decline. He is one of very few photographers who appreciate the aesthetics of all locomotives, from steam engines to the latest diesel-powered behemoths. He has a particular fondness for the landscape of the American West, and many of his images situate trains in the larger geography and culture of the time. Known for taking pictures at night, in bad weather, and from risky perches on top of moving train platforms, Steinheimer has an enormous creativity and productivity. 160 duotone photographs

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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: $93.14
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    Author: Robert Schleicher
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    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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    First Class: Legendary Train Journeys Around the World

    First Class: Legendary Train Journeys Around the World Lowest new price: $33.95
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    Author: Patrick Poivre d'Arvor
    Brand: Brand: Vendome Press

    This enchanting book, which comes with a slipcase designed to resemble a steamer trunk, takes readers on memorable journeys on the Orient Express, le Train Bleu, the California Zephyr, and others across Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Readers encounter the elegant porters and bellboys as well as the beautifully dressed millionaires, kings, and maharajas who were their clients.

    The great old and new trains are all here, and a reader can feel the gentle sway and anticipate the delicious dinner about to be served in a plush and paneled dining car. There are maps showing the routes of the great expresses, quotations from famous literary figures, and images of some of the beautiful destinations they reached. This is a perfect gift for train buffs and world travelers.

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