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Great American Railroad Stories (Softcover)
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Great American Railroad Stories features articles initially published in Trains magazine over the past 75 years. Many of these popular stories have not been printed since their original appearance in the magazine. They lend rare historical insight into what it was like to ride passenger trains, work on the railroads, and grow up in an era of steam trains.The book includes:
• Historical photos.
• The writings and reflections of founding Editor Al Kalmbach, David P. Morgan, Lucius Beebe, and other well-known contributors.
• Stirring narratives from those who actually lived their lives on the rails.

256 pages
Price: $24.99
Product Number: 01300
ISBN: 9781627001823
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Once I had over 20 years of railroad magazines. Many I kept because of a single story about life with the railroad. Then I moved and my reserve of railroad inspiration was donated to the library - never to be seen again.

Now, years later, I received a package from Kalmbach Publishing Co which, to my delight, contained this book which, again to my delight, contains some of those favorite tales of the rails that I gave up years ago!

Right off, an interesting aspect of this collection is 75 years of writing styles. Even if that is of no consequence to the reader, the breath of topics is fascinating: Steam to diesel; The Great Depression, World War II; economic booms and busts; the glory days of railroading into the slow death of the industry, then back into solvency after The Staggers Act. Manifest freights, crack varnish, backwoods peddlers, mainline unit trains. Out on the high iron, and deep in the roundhouse.

Examples you say? How about stories of;

• An engineer who survived a "cornfield meet" (head-on crash) with an 83-car freight train?

• An old-timer tells about living and working in cabooses.

• Memories of a Hudson River roundhouse.

• Marooned in a snowstorm!

• "The Wild Ride of Death Valley Scotty."

• Casey Jones’ last run.

• How typical was the Colorado Springs & Cripple Creek?

• Telegrapher memories.

• "Norfolk Southern’s impressive Carolina crossing of the Blue Ridge."

Almost every page has a photograph. Most are black-and-white yet many are color. Almost all of them can be considered "studio" quality. Modelers and artists will find excellent photographic source material for their subjects.

Pardon my steam locomotive reference but I am stoked for this book! Trains has created an amazing spectrum of railroading history with this book. It should provide hours of engaging reading that will inspire, inform, and entertain.

-KitMaker Network, Frederick Boucher