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20th Century Limitedby Karl Zimmerman 20th Century Limited

"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."

Across the Columbia Plain : Railroad Expansion in the Interior Northwest, 1885-1893  ~  by Peter Lewty
Across the Columbia Plain : Railroad Expansion in the Interior Northwest, 1885-1893E
".. an excellent and much needed book on the history of railroad building in the Interior Northwest.   Some of the chapters include the various Palouse lines, Stampede Tunnel, Coeur d'Alene area, NP's Central Washington Branch, and more.   Well written and researched.   A few photos, mostly text.   Lengthy appendix.   Highly recommended. ..."  
~ Eric M. Strang

Alco's to Allentown ~ by Thomas A. Biery
 Alco's to Allentown 
"Spend time along the mainlines of the LVRR, CNJ and Reading and visit smaller locations on the Ironton, Northampton & Bath, Erie-Lackawanna and the Lehigh & New England.  . . . Includes action and roster views of classic 1960's railroad motive power from huge 200-ton Lehigh Valley C628's to small industrial switchers serving local cement mills."  ~ Amazon.com
 

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America's Rail Pictorial : Pictorial ~  Russ Porter / Hardcover / Published 1998 ~ America's Rail Pictorial : Pictorial

The American Train & Roundhouse ~ by Hans Halberstadt
American Train & Roundhouse

Art of Railroad Photography : Techniques for Taking Dynamic Trackside Pictures ~ Gary J. Benson  ~ The Art of Railroad Photography

The Birth of California Narrow Gauge    ~  by Bruce MacGregor
The Birth of California Narrow Gauge
"....
describes the conception, construction, and early operation of the first narrow gauge railroads in northern California. It is lavishly illustrated by some 600 photographs and drawings, almost three-quarters of which have never before been published. The topic is approached through an unusual lens: the history of the relatively small but extraordinarily inventive contracting and engineering firm of the brothers Thomas and Martin Carter. The Carters were able to reduce the cost and complexity of light railroad construction to the point where local narrow gauge lines could initially compete with the state's notorious railroad monopolies. Pioneering a mobile manufacturing operation that could supply locally funded short lines with rolling stock (which traditionally came from East Coast manufacturers), the Carter Brothers began with a line to serve Salinas Valley wheat farmers, desperate to achieve an independent mean"

California Central Coast Railways ~ by Rick Hamman
California Central Coast Railways
The book details most of the 34 railroads and lumber companies that operated in and around central California during the last 150+ years.  Illustrated with maps and several hundred period photos.  Included are complete locomotive and equipment rosters.

California's Electric Railways ~ by Harre W. Demoro
Ccalifornia's Electric Railways     Interurbans

Car & Locomotive Cyclopedia: 1997 ~  by William W. Kratville

"This edition contains more than 1100 pages of state-of-the-art technical resource information, with extensive descriptions, as well as, high quality technical drawings of freight cars, passenger cars and locomotives in use today and those still in the planning stages. The most versatile, powerful and professional railroad research tool available." ~
Simmons-Boardman Pub.  Car & Locomotive Cyclopedia: 1997

Civil War Railroads: A Pictorial Story of the War between the States, 1861-1865 ~ by George B. Abdill ~ Civil War Railroads: A Pictorial Story of the War between the States, 1861-1865

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Classic American Streamliners - by Mike Schafer, Joe Welsh  - Hardcover - 160 pages (September 1997)

"The streamlined style of the trains of yesteryear reassured passengers that they were the fastest, most-efficient vehicles ever to cheat the wind. Wonderful examples of Classic American Streamliners and the aura of high-speed, high-efficiency travel they created, are included in this book of the same name. These pages include all the great trains from 1933 through the 1960s, a time when people knew these streamliners by name. 150 color illustrations, 50 b&w."  ~ Classic American Streamliners

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