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How a Steam Locomotive Works ~ by Karen Parker  How a Steam Locomotive Works

"This book examines how modern steam locomotive works, including all its major sub-systems and appliances.  Illustrations show how each part of the locomotive fits into the overall functioning, some background on each aspect of each function, and examples of various locomotives from a wide variety of railroads all over the U.S.  The book is written for the layman to understand, providing a really easy to comprehend, yet technically competent and complete volume that will be valuable for anyone interested in the steam era."

How Do Steam Locomotives Really Work ~ by P. W. B. Semmens, A. J. Goldfinch ~ How Do Steam Locomotives Really Work

How Steam Locomotives Really Work ~ by P. W. B. Semmens, A. J. Goldfinch
How Steam Locomotives Really Work
"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.  " ~ amazon.com

Illustrated Treasury of the American Locomotive Company ~ by O.M. Kerr 
Illustrated Treasury of the American Locomotive Companymerican Locomotive
"American Locomotive Company (ALCO) has a long history producing in excess of 90,000 steam, diesel-electric and electric locomotives, including such legends as the New York Central Hudson type and the Union Pacific's "Big Boy". ALCO locomotives have hauled many of the world's most famous passenger trains, as well as high-speed freight trains. This book is both a short history of ALCO and a treasury of builders' photographs of locomotive production over the years. The photographs accurately portray the locomotives as they appeared brand-new, from early steam to the greatest articulateds, through electrics and modern diesels. Locomotives are listed alphabetically by railway, road number, wheel arrangement, date built, driving-wheel diameter in inches and weight in tons of the locomotive and tender, respectively."  
Amazon.com Editorial Review 

Iron Horses: American Locomotives 1829-1900 ~ by Edwin Alexander
Iron Horses: American Locomotives 1829-1900
"Colorful stories of the old steam engines of yesteryear fill these pages--from the steam carriage operated on the streets of Paris in 1769 to the mighty locomotives that thundered across the American West in the latter half of the nineteenth century. Fine, rare illustrations, many rendered by the author, depict the famous Tom Thumb, the first American-built steam locomotive to be operated on a common-carrier railroad; the John Bull, one of the first successful locomotives in the U.S., which today is the world's oldest operating engine; as well as "Crab" and "Mud Digger" types of locomotives." ~ Dover Publications

Legends of Steam ~ by Colin Garratt  - 255 pages (March 1999) - 400 Color Illustrations 

"Colin Garratt has a good claim to being the world's foremost steam-engine enthusiast. Ever since Britain switched to diesel in 1968, Garratt has traveled the world in search of the last of this dying breed. Legends of Steam collects his remarkable, often beautiful, photographs of aging engines at work in exotic settings like Eritrea and Sumatra." ~ Legends of Steam

Locomotive Building: The Construction of a Steam Engine for Railway Useby Ralph E. Flanders
Locomotive Building: The Construction of a Steam Engine for Railway Use
"Originally created in 1911, Locomotive Building is the definitive text concerning the construction of steam engines for railroad use. Chapters include descriptions of all locomotive systems and their functions, including side rods, boiler, wheels, axle and diving boxes, frames and cylinders, valve motion, shop practice and more. Profusely illustrated with diagrams and rare photos, this reprint has been slightly reformatted."

 

The Locomotive Cyclopedia Vol. 1by  Allan C. Lewis   Rails Around Durango

"Comprised of fold out drawings from Mainline Modeler, one of three periodical railroading/modeling magazines published by Hundman Publishing including N Scale and CTC Board, this presentation is in an entirely new 14 x 11 inch format. This concentrated, easily referenced collection is enhanced by new, and often previously unpublished, photographs, text, and support information.    . . ., it covers 0-6-0 and 4-4-0 through 2-6-6-6 and 2-8-8-4 engines and will serve as an excellent addition to your railfan and modeling library. "

The Locomotive Engineman's Manualby W.P. James  The Locomotive Engineman's Manual

"Originally printed in 1919, The Engineman's Manual was intended to be used in the instruction of locomotive engineers, firemen, and railroad mechanics. It features dozens of chapters concerning every aspect of the steam locomotive power plant and control systems, including the air brakes. Complete with detailed examination questions and answers, The Engineman's Manual remains one of the most complete books ever written about the working components of the railroad steam engine. This high quality reprint includes all of the original text nearly 500 pages worth in an easy-to-read 8.5x11 format. "

Locomotives of the Rio Grande ~  by Colorado Railroad Museum
Locomotives of the Rio Grande
"A  Detailed Locomotive Roster of the Rio Grande System 1871-1980."

The Locomotives that Baldwin Built ~   by Fred Westing
Locomotives that Baldwin Built
The history of the Baldwin Locomotive Works, 1831-1923 

The Locomotive Up To Date: The Classic Reference for Steam Locomotive Engineers and Firemen ~ by Charles McShane
The Locomotive Up To Date: The Classic Reference for Steam Locomotive Engineers and Firemen
"Ever wondered how a steam locomotive works and how they were operated and maintained? Well, then this is the book for you! The Locomotive Up to Date is quite simply the best technical book about steam railroading ever created. It's been called the most vital reference for anyone who wants to become expert in steam power, and the routines practiced by locomotive crews in the late 1890's and early 1900's.

This book was originally issued to crews on the Santa Fe, New York Central, Soo Line, Missouri Pacific and Southern Pacific Railroads, and many others!When it was originally published in 1899, The Locomotive Up to Date was hailed as: the most definitive work ever published concerning the mechanism that has transformed the American nation: the steam locomotive.

Filled with over 700 pages of text, diagrams and photos, this remains one of the most important railroading books ever written. From steam valves to sanders, trucks to side rods, it s a treasure trove of information, explaining in easy-to-understand language how the most sophisticated machines of the 19th Century were operated and maintained."

Louisville & Nashville Steam Locmotives ~ by Richard E. Prince  Louisville & Nashville Steam Locmotives

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The Locomotive Portraits - by Dave Bohn and Rodolfo Petschek - Chronicle Books - 1988
This book is a source of absolutely excellent photos of Shays, Heislers, and Climaxes used in the logging industry in the Pacific Northwest.  The photos were taken by Darius Kinsey.  With his huge box cameras and glass image plates, Kinsey was to B&W photography of the period as IMAX is to color motion pictures of today. The photos are the best B&W I have ever seen and are definitely of museum quality.    Beyond Excellent  Recommended - Buy It! ~ The Locomotive Portraits

Mason Steam Locomotives ~ by Arthur W. Wallace
Mason Steam Locomotives  -  Mason Bogie Locomotive
"
William Mason’s beautiful steam locomotives were considered the finest in form and function, the “Rolls Royces” of the day. More than 700 of these locomotives were built at the Taunton, Massachusetts factory beginning in 1853. After 50 years of research, Art Wallace brings the complete Mason locomotive story to light. In detailed text and nearly 200 photographs and illustrations, Mason’s handiwork comes to life in this rich historical volume. From American Standard 4-4-0s to 4-6-0s and double-truck 0-6-6Ts and 2-8-6T’s, Mason locomotives have captured the eye of railfans, engineers and historians for decades."

Model Railroader Cyclopedia : Steam Locomotives ~ by Linn Westcott  - May 1991 - Linn Westcott  

"Presents details and measurements of steam locomotives from their first appearance to their final days. Includes nearly 1,000 rare photographs and over 127 HO scale plans, notes, and specifications for almost all steam locomotives in North America." ~ Model Railroader Cyclopedia : Steam Locomotives

Modern Locomotive Construction 1892 ~ by J.G.A. Meyer - source #2
Modern Locomotive Construction 1892
"A reprint of Meyer's 1892 original publication of this book.   It shows you how to design an 1892 locomotive from the ground up.  You learn every aspect of design and construction with over a thousand illustrations, most of them being incredibly detailed working drawings. You get detailed how-to knowledge that can only be acquired from working in the industry.

It  covers every aspect of designing and constructing steam locomotives, from why spiral springs should not be used in the slide valve pressure relief groove..., to the correct place to drill holes in smoke stack to ensure a flow of air in the annular space between the two shells of the smoke stack, which will prevent the paint on the outer shell from becoming overheated and blistering. There are even three pages, with working drawing, showing you how to construct a steam whistle!" 685 pages ~ Lindsay Publications Inc

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