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I waited for years to get this book...well, it did take a while but I have wanted such a book for almost 50 years! Many of you may know elminero here on Freerails, that is Duane Ericson. Duane has written two of my favorite books, one is highlighted here and the other will be later on. SILVER CITY NARROW GAUGE is the only book devoted to this obscure and forgotten narrow gauge (2 footer) railroad and contains all of the available photos and information. The Silver City, Pinos Altos, & Mogollon RR only operated for 2 years-1905 to 1907 but is remembered as being one of the west's only two footers; the other is the Gilpin Tramway. What can I say about this one? Well, I dismantled my Mogollon Railway and am building the SCPA&M in my living room and this book is my "guidebook" for what may just be my "final frontier". The layout will be the subject of a new thread here and I wil show it's construction-warts and all.

But this book is the subject here. Just 72 pages but it has everything known about this mostly unknown line. What more can a devoted narrow gauger ask for? Shays (two came from the Gilpin Tramway), ore cars, a beautiful and funky caboose like no other, trestles, twisty track, grades, mines, and one of the largest smelters in the SW USA. Matter of fact, the Santa Fe brought in ore to be smelted at this operation. Yes, you need, WANT this book. Google it and find a copy. ABE BOOKSELER has one right now and it is well above the published price. You might PM Duane here and see if he has any more copies in his vault, you might be lucky.

As Abby Hoffman said in the 1960's-"Steal this book!"...I say "BUY THIS BOOK".

***I have no financial stake in Duane's works, I am just a narrow gauge nut***

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Woodie:

I agree with you regarding this book. Lots of neat modeling ideas scattered throughout the book. For example, what about 2' gauge slag cars for the smelter? The SCPA&M had them. Or for structures, the stone warehouse in Silver City would make a neat model. The mines would be pretty cool, too.

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Keith, we should not forget that you wrote a fine history with rolling stock plans, featured in the May/June 1992 NG&SLG. And for the really arcane, the Gazette published a great plan of the little caboose by Garrie Tufford and Light Iron Digest had Mr. Tufford's plan for the Pinos Altos Creek trestle. Yep, I built my models from those plans. I just thought that I'd give credit where credit is due. Thanks, sir.

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Sounds great, I'll have to keep a watch for it in case one turns up at a better price.

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Woodie:

Actually, the Silver City article I wrote for Gazette was more of a ghost writing article for Garrie Tufford - he did the original research and helped me by providing photos and copies of his research. He wasn't interested in doing drawings of the cars, so he encouraged me to do it.

I think Garrie also may have helped Duane to some extent with research on his book, too. Garrie is one of those guys that can ferret out an incredible amount of information about these narrow gauge railroads that no one else knew existed or had been forgotten.

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Ray:

Another book I would highly recommend is Duane Ericson's Sonora Narrow Gauge (I think that is the title). It is a softcover book, published after his Silver City book.

Reading the book will remind you of many of the locales pictured on your excellent website, and also kind of resembles the modeling Woodie Greene and others are doing.

Keith

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Golly gee Keith...that was/is to be my next book to review. BTW, the Cannera (?) operation used SP X1 (the SP ng diesel "little giant) and changed it to standard gauge! More on the update!!!

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Keith Pashina wrote:
Another book I would highly recommend is Duane Ericson's Sonora Narrow Gauge (I think that is the title). It is a softcover book, published after his Silver City book.

Reading the book will remind you of many of the locales pictured on your excellent website, and also kind of resembles the modeling Woodie Greene and others are doing.


Yep, I already have that one -- great book!

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Thanks for the kind words about the Silver City book. A little background on how that book came about: I ended up in Silver City completely broke, no car no job. Over the next dozen years I fell in love with the place and people-I got back on my feet, met a wonderful woman and made some really good friends. When I wrote the Silver City Narrow Gauge book I wanted it to be basic and readable so that the average person in Silver City could pick it up and not be overwhelmed by technical jargon or peripheral information. As a footnote, if anyone ever has questions about the SC PA & M beyond what the book has, feel free to PM or email me and I'll see if I can help.
Thanks, Duane

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Duane, I will be bothering you again as this progresses. Thanks for advising me as I bumble along the ROW of the SCPA and M......

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I'm looking forward to that as I'll be modeling vicariously through your efforts-too many brands in the fire these days to have time to model myself.
One of these days I'll dig my box-o-Silver City stuff out of the attic.


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