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 Posted: Wed Aug 14th, 2013 05:04 pm
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Here we will open a new forum just for railroad books, no machine guns or GTO's or even Harleys, but RAILROAD BOOKS. A couple of years ago, I started another thread dealing with this subject and when it needed to be moved to another forum, the whole thing went --POOF--and was lost in "cyber space" or some deleted thing.

If you have a favorite RR book, write it up here. If it is still available, let us know so we can find another way to spend money. I have mostly narrow gauge books but there are some titles that I love which tell about wide gauge railroading. As before, I will try to supply a link to the book, available at some website, so interested parties can...party on. So, welcome to something for the mind and maybe some ideas for the layout or diorama.

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 Posted: Wed Aug 14th, 2013 05:55 pm
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I'm currently re-reading Rails to Possum Trot, by J. A. Stowe. Its about the Reader RR here in Arkansas. I broke it back out to read after watching Boxcar Bertha on DVD the other night, In which they used the Reader in the filming.



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 Posted: Wed Aug 14th, 2013 06:32 pm
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Yep, I endured that movie just to see Reader's Alco 2-8-0 and cars in action. Wonderful little line, when we were there they were using an old W T Carter 2-6-2 with balloon stack. I will find that book for my library. Thanks.
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My latest purchase was volume 2 of 'Wisconsin Central Heritage' by John Leopard. Very informative volumes on the history and operation of the Wisconsin Central. Both still available from Four Ways West.

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Great subject Woodie... Half the reason I don't get more done on a layout is because I love to read but I wouldn't change a thing...

I got lucky a few months ago and was able to purchase a copy of "West Virginia Narrow Gauge, Mann's Creek Railway". Excellent Book and I'm only half way through it. Great balance between all the information it contains versus all the terrific photo's.

If you want to look it up the ISBN is 1-883089-36-0. Don't be scared away... You'll see a ton of sellers offer it for $100 and up, seen them as high as $275! But I got lucky, found mine for $38, and recently saw another sell for $40 on an online auction site so they are out there. Have fun!



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I agree with Mark-West Virginia Narrow Gauge, Mann's Creek Railway is one of the best books out there if you like narrow gauge other than lines in and around Colorado.


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One of the best railroad books I've ever read is "The Empire Express" by David Haward Bain. It's the definitive account of the building of the Transcontinental Railroad. He was able to access personal letters of the various persons involved, some of which had been previously unknown.

He really gives you a feel for what the country was like back then, what it took to build the railroad, and how it changed everything.



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