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 Posted: Wed Oct 10th, 2012 07:26 pm
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I had a copy of a similiar paper covered book by Sloan from maybe 20 + years ago and even though it did not cover a lot, it still made a person a fan of his work. I also have "The Rainbow Route" and yes it is a real great one also. Just about four weeks ago, Myself and friends were camped at the old Eureka townsite, which is at the base of the Sunnyside Mill. Up the rode is Animas Forks. We have been going down there for at least the last twenty five years. Even though the changes have come, there still is an immense amount of mines, mills, scenery,
history and yes of course train stuff. The place is still a train mecca for me and the friends. We rode about 75 miles of back woods trails and roads this time. There is no way to see all of it, unless you make several trips. Kind of like going to the Cumbres and Toltec for a day and realizing you are way short on time.
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 Posted: Thu Oct 11th, 2012 12:52 pm
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Clif-that's right! About Cumbres & Toltec, my wife's ashes are along the main at Cumbres Pass. That will aways be a special place for me.
Have fun & run a train!

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When Don and my son visited the "Puffing Billy", my son brought back several books from their gift shop.

(why is it always called a "gift shop"? the items are never free--)

Hands down, the best of these is "Puffing Billy in the Modern Era", by Nick Anchen. Ninetysix pages of great color photos, most full (9 1/2" X 6 1/2") page size. A few "atmospheric" shots, steam, fog, and the like, but lots of great, sharp photos.

Any one with the slightest interest in narrow gauge should buy this book.  $24.99Aus.  There is no address in the book for the railway, but I'm sure that Don can supply one, if gently prodded.

Oh and BTW-- the railway has always been 30" gauge---that's right--On2 1/2, On30 Whatever.

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KINSEY-The locomotive portraits. Here's a great older coffee table book which is full of photos, very little verbage except as captions for the photos. Darius Kinsey and wife Tabatha spent years touring the big log shows in the Pacific Northwest and took some of the greatest photos of the railroads and (as here) the equipment...(snipped)

I agree. This book was Volume 3 of a set of Kinsey's work. One of the other books is primarily about loggers, and the pictures are just as clear and crisp and spectacular as the ones in "The Locomotive Portraits". Kinsey was an artist. It's difficult to understand why he isn't as well known as Ansel Adams. If you can buy or borrow any of the 3 volumes, spend an hour or so with it. It will be time well spent.

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Howdy Cleo, welcome to Freerails. Since you know Kinsey's work, I imagine that you appreciate quality also. Please feel free to tell us about your favorite books, more info is better info.

Writing about quality, for the life of me I can't imagine why books by the following authors are not appreciated as they should be. Lucius Beebee & Charles Clegg wrote many great books about railroads and were some of the earliest works to promote railroads in prose and photos. MIXED TRAIN DAILY is one of these great books. If there is one book that would be a "go to" book for us narrow gaugers and short liners, this one is it. Stories about obscure and wonderful little lines are presented and photos illustrate a great time in American railroading. Chances are that your favorites are mentioned and even seen here. I have never seen any photos of the Waco, Beaumont, Trinity, & Sabine RR from Central Texas (my home), but there are a couple in this book. Beebe & Clegg's books are fairly cheap on the book sellers' sites and I wonder why. Just enter their names on the search field and see what turns up. You won't be disappointed by any of their books, they are all timeless.

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MEXICAN NARROW GAUGE by Gerald Best...

http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults?an=best&sts=t&tn=mexican+narrow+gauge

One of my favorites, this one has narrow gauge for the real nuts. Yes, it is about Mexican roads but they all seemed to use US locos-Baldwin, Alco, Porter, Cooke, etc., etc.. and different gauges-2 feet to whatever. The first Heisler was used in Mexico, the smallest Baldwin 4-4-0 (2 footer) was in Mexico City, and the NdeM ran big old 4-6-6-4's on 3 foot gauge. They look like the big locos that C&O used! It's all there and more. This is a great book for the narrow gauge lover, no matter that it is from the "South". Check it out.

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I've wanted to get the Mexican Narrow Gauge book for years, but it's been out of print so long, it's hard to find a used copy that does cost an arm, a leg, and a few internal organs. I wish someone would reprint it.

One of my favorite books in any subject is "The Empire Road" by David Haward Bain. It's THE definitive account of building the Transcontinental Railroad. In addition to providing enough background to put the events into context, he also had access to a great deal of personal correspondence that had never been studied before. I found it very stirring.



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Ray-yes' I know about the Mexican RR book's price. I bought the lowest priced one that Abe had...so every body else has to pay more! Me bad!

Like the book you described, I have one that is a really interesting read, and it is CHEAP right now-just $7.50. But there is only ONE available.

http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults?an=kniess&sts=t&tn=bonanza+railroads

BONANZA RAILROADS by Gilbert Kneiss. I told about this one in the thread that got eaten by the internet, so here it is again.  This nice book has just a few rare old photos but the read is very interesting. The Central Pacific, Southern Pacific, Virginia & Truckee, Carson & Colorado...their stories are all here. The info is about the "nabobs and brass hats" that built these railroads, warts and all. Lavish parties and nasty scandals are all in here, sort of a railroad lover's Peyton Place. The great old authors Lucius Bebee & Charles Clegg were friends of Mr. Kneiss and gave him credit for getting them interested in western railroad lore. So there you have it, a book for readers and those who love railroad history. Now, who will buy the last one from this link?

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Hi Guys.

Some great recommendations here.
Good drawn-plans are sometimes hard to come by for building models.

Kinseys photography is among the VERY best there is.
I have a wonderful collection of his work.

Nice one on the original Garret book Herb.
I always liked that Texan 'Thomas the tank' version !!

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I splashed out on Vol 1 and 2 of the IRON SHERPA..the definitive books on the Darjeeling Narrow gauge railway. They DID cost an arm and a leg and are the heaviest books I have ever had to hold and read. (you can't hold them really..you need to rest them on the table!!) they are printed on glossy paper and must weigh about 3-4 pounds each!! Hell of a good reference tho' if you are into the DHR.
They also have scale drawings of all rolling stock ancient and modern.



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