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    The Hiawatha Story (Fesler-Lampert Minnesota Heritage)

    The Hiawatha Story (Fesler-Lampert Minnesota Heritage) Lowest new price: $18.20
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    Author: Jim Scribbins
    Brand: Brand: University of Minnesota Press

    First there was a single experimental coach, then an entire fleet. Soon Hiawatha was a railway legend. Loved for their radically new, streamlined look, the Hiawatha’s Art Deco engines were a hallmark of American industrial design—a genre of passenger cars from Tip Top Tap to Touralux to the glass-encased Skytop. For Midwestern passengers from Chicago to Aberdeen, the Hiawatha represented speed, comfort, and luxury, offering spectacular views of the rolling landscape. From 1935 to 1970 it carried countless passengers and even more memories. Richly illustrated with more than 350 photographs, The Hiawatha Story brings the design and history of this beloved rail fleet to life.

     

    Jim Scribbins had a lifetime career at Milwaukee Road and is the author of five books about upper Midwestern railroads. He lives in West Bend, Wisconsin.

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    More Classic American Railroads

    More Classic American Railroads Lowest new price: $59.08
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    Author: Mike Schafer
    Brand: Brand: Voyageur Press

    This follow-up to the MBI bestseller Classic American Railroads is a beautiful tribute to 15 additional railroads not included in the first volume. Focusing on the golden age of railroading between World War II and the early 1970s, this all-new book features the histories, locomotives, rolling stock, and memorabilia of railroads like the Delaware & Hudson; Erie Lackawanna; Gulf, Mobile & Ohio; St. Louis-San Francisco Railway; Maine Central; Nickle Plate Road; Southern Railway; Great Northern Railway; and others. Amazingly preserved color photography from the decades covered, along with archival black-and-white images, capture the legendary trains against scenic backdrops across the nation, while period print ads and brochures add a nostalgic element to the stories behind the railroads' passenger and freight operations. Mike Schafer has written several rail-related books for MBI, including Streamliner Memories, Freight Train Cars, and Classic American Railroads.

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    The Brown Book of Brass Locomotives, 3rd Edition

    The Brown Book of Brass Locomotives, 3rd Edition Lowest new price: $32.99
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    Author: John Glaab
    Brand: Brand: Chilton Book Company

    This index and price guide to brass model locomotives should provide collectors with up-to-date information on HO scale locomotives. It contains many detailed photographs, charts and information on class and type, builder and importer, as well as providing current resale prices for thousands of brass locomotives. Information on maintenance, handling, modifications, factory and custom painting is given, as is advice on building and displaying a collection.

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    The Ho Model Railroading Handbook

    The Ho Model Railroading Handbook Lowest new price: $25.92
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    Author: Robert Schleicher
    Brand: Krause Publications

    Introduces model making tools and techniques and shows how to plan a track layout, build a realistic landscape, and create miniature buildings

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    Steam in Your Garden

    Steam in Your Garden Lowest new price: $75.54
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    Author: Tag Gorton

    Wonderful introduction to the world of narrow gauge live steam railroads in the garden. With black and white and color photos throughout, this book provides an excellent framework for sketching out your own railroad. Written by an experienced enthusiast, it covers how to evaluate your options, buying or acquiring equipment, how to run a steam engine, how to build a permanent way, landscaping and terraforming, buildings and structures, carriages and wagon works -- all in all, how to make your dream come true! 80 pages.


    Moonlight in Duneland: The Illustrated Story of the Chicago South Shore and South Bend Railroad (Quarry Books)

    Moonlight in Duneland: The Illustrated Story of the Chicago South Shore and South Bend Railroad (Quarry Books) Lowest new price: $23.98
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    Author: Ronald D. Cohen
    Brand: Cohen, Ronald D. (EDT)/ McShane, Stephen G. (EDT)/ Margolin, Victor (FRW)

    Known as the "Little Train That Could" or "The Last Interurban", the Chicago, South Shore, and South Bend Railroad has served the Northwest Indiana/Chicago area as a major commercial and recreational transportation link for 90 years. The South Shore Line has reflected the triumphs and misfortunes of the Calumet Region throughout the twentieth century. For its first two decades, it survived good times and bad until its landmark purchase by Samuel Insull’s Midland Utilities in 1925. Insull launched an aggressive marketing campaign producing booklets, movies, and in particular a set of colorful, artistic posters, which attracted many from Illinois to Northwest Indiana’s steel mills and sand dunes.

    As many as fifty color lithographed posters displayed in railroad depots, on Chicago "L" platforms, and elsewhere, highlighted fun in the Indiana Dunes, local flora and fauna, and the strength of heavy industry, all characteristic of the Calumet Region. Prominent Chicago artists rendered these scenes and many won acclaim for high artistic standards. Indeed, Oscar Rabe Hanson’s Homeward Bound by South Shore Line won both the Art Directors Club and Barron Collier medals in 1927.

    Moonlight in Duneland tells the story of that poster campaign through the reproduction of more than forty known surviving posters. Additional advertising items from the 1920s and 1970s are sprinkled throughout the book, along with original art by Dale Fleming and Mitchell A. Markovitz. In addition, four essays describe the background of Insull’s marketing genius and its artists. William D. Middleton’s essay details Insull’s purchase of the South Shore Line and its rebirth. Bob Harris, in "Not Just Selling Railroad Tickets: The Role of the South Shore Line Poster Art in the Development of Northwest Indiana," describes the hands-on, intense involvement of the railroad and its ad campaign in the industrial, residential, and recreational development of the Region. In "Commercial Illustration, Poster Painters, Railway Men," Mitchell A. Markovitz provides a glimpse into the poster artists’ world, along with a personal memoir of his own experiences as a South Shore Line poster artist. Finally, John Paul Laue explains how a group of dedicated South Shore Line enthusiasts saved the road when it was threatened again with extinction in the 1970s in "South Shore Recreation: A Fun Way to Save a Railroad."

    While Moonlight in Duneland pays tribute to eras gone by, it also debuts a new period of growth in Calumet Region pride and development. Sponsored by the Northwest Indiana Forum, new poster art has been commissioned to advertise the many wonders of the area. Several of those images grace the pages of this book, providing the reason for the slogan, "A Region in Renaissance."

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    Trains of the Circus, 1872-1956 (Photo Archives)

    Trains of the Circus, 1872-1956 (Photo Archives) Lowest new price: $60.00
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    Author: Jr. Fred Dahlinger
    Brand: Brand: Iconografix, Inc.

    Come one! Come all! Beginning in the 1870s, specially built trains transported the circus to eager crowds across the US. Now the magic of these circus trains is captured for all to enjoy in the delightful book. Rare behind-the-scenes photographs display the exciting and unusual construction and operation of circus trains. Witness animals being loaded and unloaded. Experience life inside the coaches that housed circus personnel. See flamboyant paint schemes, special length railroad cars, and rare builders' photos. Exciting rail scenes sure to excite the imagination!

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    Milling for the Model Engineer (Model Engineering Guides)

    Milling for the Model Engineer (Model Engineering Guides) Lowest new price: $90.12
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    Author: Stan Bray

    The milling machine is now a common piece of equipment in the home workshop, and Stan Bray's latest model engineering guide shows how to get the most from it. Chapters deal with types of machine and cutter, correct milling operations, both straightforward and more unorthodox, and suggested practice projects, together with information on safety, the cutting properties of metals, cutting fluids, and a handy "fault-finder" table.

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    Intermodal Railroading

    Intermodal Railroading Lowest new price: $19.79
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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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    001: Greenberg's Guide to Lionel Trains 1945-1969: Motive Power and Rolling Stock Including Accessories

    001: Greenberg's Guide to Lionel Trains 1945-1969: Motive Power and Rolling Stock Including Accessories Lowest new price: $49.00
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    Author: Bruce C. Greenberg
    Brand: Brand: Greenberg Pub

    Book by Greenberg, Bruce C., Ambrose, Paul V.

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