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 Posted: Mon Feb 22nd, 2016 04:22 pm
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Here's another book that must be owned by any narrow-gauger with an interest in western US and Mexico mining. And it has a particular interest to this reviewer...as will be told in a bit. Freerails contributor Duane Ericson spins the stories of power, revolution, and rails set less than 56.5 inches apart. This is his second book, the first being Silver City Narrow Gauge, my copy is almost worn out as this one looks to be going that same direction also.
What interesting railroads are described in this book, a 2 footer and several 3 foot lines...all just beyond the southern border of the US. And the tales of corrupt government officials, shady stock deals, Pancho Villa, Southern Pacific Narrow Gauge X1 diesel, and my "connection"-Col. W C Greene (probably not my ancestor?).
It's all here and much more. The photos are fantastic and the reading is easy, not some dry old historical account, but Duane has a "way with words" which bring these stories to life. Yes, I love this book!
Duane also did the cover art (as with his earlier book) and several of his works are used as chapter beginnings. My favorite is the 2 foot Imuris Mines' little Porter 0-4-4t but the rest are worthy of hanging on anybody's wall.
This book is in softcover only (I believe) and is probably out of print but is worth finding...no matter the cost.
My copy was signed and dedicated to "the other W C Greene". See, I was famous long before I was born. Or maybe that should be infamous!

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 Posted: Mon Feb 22nd, 2016 11:06 pm
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That makes 3 WC's - 2 Greene & 1 Fields.

I've just looked up that SP X1. Chunky looking little loco; unusual trucks. Thanks Woodie.

Regards,          Michael

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 Posted: Tue Feb 23rd, 2016 04:49 am
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I had a pet Sonoran Mud Turtle once. Much easier to find than that book. Thanks for the tip though.



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 Posted: Fri Feb 26th, 2016 03:26 am
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You might send a PM to elminero (Duane) here, he might have a copy or two left. I believe that he's working on another book right now. I know that I'll want one!

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 Posted: Fri Feb 26th, 2016 06:20 am
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Thanks Woodie, I sent a PM.



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 Posted: Fri Feb 26th, 2016 10:05 am
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Ah, sounds like a cool book.
Here again, we run in to the "there's only on of me" thing - so many interesting train books, and I can either read books or make models, multitasking that one doesn't work real well while using the soldering torch.



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 Posted: Sun Feb 28th, 2016 05:39 pm
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Oh but you really need great reference material to make the soldering torch work better! But then, I would much rather build models than read about building models. My books keep me inspired to build stuff but I don't multi task either.

Have fun and run a train (preferably r/c) today...
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