BAJA CALIFORNIA RAILWAYS by Kirchner is a small hardback book, not your coffee table extravangaza, but a great historical reference. Those of us interested in railroads of the southwest and those from across the border can really dig this one. I spied this one at the LHS years ago and didn't think much about it then. Over time, it sat on the shelf quite a while and I found out that the guy who ordered it never came back to pick it up. Well, it was just $15US and after I looked at it a couple of minutes, I grabbed the dinero and brought home a real treasure.
Duane Ericson sent some photos of very cool little cranes to the Silver City NG thread which were taken down in Santa Rosalia in the Baja Peninsula and these got me thinking about this little book. The cranes were owned by the Compagnie du Boleo, a French owned narrow gauge mining line. This neat railway had 4 wheel European style cars, Baldwin 0-6-0t's, and the cranes...all with Euro-style buffers and chain & link couplers! REALLY cool! Photos of these and the story about the company is in this book. And do you want "extra narrow gauge"? How about the 22" gauge Progreso Mining Co. which had a tiny 0-4-0t Porter which had been used by CA's Comstock Lode RR. Want a 2 footer? The San Juan Mining Co. in Los Flores used a truly funky little lokie which is mostly still there, rusting away in the salt air.
OK, not into narrow gauge? There are many 56.5" gauge operations detailed also which are just as neat as the little fellows.
There is also a roster of Baja locomotives, many of which came from north of the border and the gauges are almost mind-boggling (well my mind is boggled!).
I LOVE THIS BOOK and if you like obscurity & funkiness, then you need to find a copy.
What's next? Stay tuned.
BTW-ABE BOOKSELLERS also have this...from about $25US on up to Whaaat?
OK..and here (due to the re setting of the gallery thing) is a photo of the book with a fine dust cover painting of a Boleo 0-6-0t pushing some of those 4 wheel ore cars.
Thanks Herb for getting the thing fixed...