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 Posted: Wed Dec 11th, 2013 02:50 pm
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Can you believe big honkin' articulateds running on 3 foot gauge track...
not the Uintah jobs, but locos that look like C&O power!

How about the smallest 2 foot gauge 4-4-0 built for a tourist line...not Mt Gretna NG.

And all points in between,
and they were built by Baldwin, Alco, and other US locomotive makers.
Way down Mexico way, these and many more once (and maybe still do) ran all over the country.
Here's a classic book that needs to be in every narrow gauge lovers' library.

MEXICAN NARROW GAUGE by Gerald Best.

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

This is another "what can I say" work,
written by a man who rode the trains and tells about his adventures.
Best offers many of his own photos and there are many from the DeGoyler collection,
at Southern Methodist University here in Dallas (Quite a place to visit).

Prices range from not much to almost outrageous for this one so check it out.
There is way too much to write about and as you can tell,
this one is probably my favorite.

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What is your fav. quote, from this stitched together tree Mr. G ?

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Si.
Mr. Best is not the flowery writer that Mr. Beebe was. Just the facts, mam.
But the subject matter of this book is totally excellent and fascinating.

"It was a styish conflagration indeed" - L. Beebe

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Thanks for that link,

I've wanted to get that book for a long time,

but never found it at a decent price until now.




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Got my copy (almost in mint condition) today,

and only can assure you that it is an absolutely fascinating book to read.




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This is one of my favorite books and I have a bunch of them.

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My copy arrived today!

Just skimmed through it so far and it looks awesome.





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Got my copy today.

Many, many photos.

Plenty of inspiration for locomotives and rolling stock.



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A great companion book by Gerald Best is "Central American Holiday".


The two volume set "Railroads of Mexico" by Sundance Books,

if you can find copies well worth a look.

I will admit it took me 12 years to find Vol 2.




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Great book,
I highly recommend to anyone who likes narrow gauge.

As someone who has attempted to research railroads in Mexico,
I really have to tip my hat to Gerald Best on this book.

Without his efforts and photographs,
the history of most of these fascinating narrow gauge lines would be largely forgotten,
as Mexico lacks the resources such as historical societies, archives or local museums.

This, in addition to the fact that Mexico was so poor and dysfunctional,
for most of the 20th Century, very, very few people could afford cameras,
means that almost every photo in Mexican Narrow Gauge is a rare treasure.




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