OK you "obscure" steam lovers, this book is for you. A few years ago, I found a copy of this fine book about the Glover Machine Works located in Marietta, Georgia, just getting dusty on the LHS' dusty book shelf (seems that nobody reads books anymore?). I had heard of Glover locos over the years-most were built for narrow gauge industrial, logging, and mining roads and a few standard gauge engines. Glover locos were used all over the South US and they exported many little kettles to South America and the Caribbean. Although locomotive production ceased after about 1930, the business continued on making oilfield and gas drilling equipment. Today, the shops and a couple of tiny locos are part of a large museum and locos can be seen around the South in parks and displays. A great read for sure.
There are photos of almost all the locos (many classify as critters) that were built as well as shots of the shops. Glover also rebuilt locos made by others and there are photos of these riding on standard gauge flat cars to the shops.
This fine book has about 130 pages with listings of the locos by number and the disposition, if known.
So, try to find this book, GLOVER STEAM LOCOMOTIVES-The South's Last Steam Builder by Richard L. Hillman. You will just love it and you will find plenty of inspiration for converting those funky HO gauge 0-4-0's into On30 masterpieces.
I had a copy of it, but I needed to cull through some train and military books to fit in my bookshelves, so I sold it at a recent model train show.
But I do agree it's a great book.
FYI, the museum at Kennesaw, GA that has the civil war locomotive, "The General" has a Glover display in the back of the same building, with one of their locomotives and several casting forms on display. Well worth the time if you're in the Atlanta area.
Make that 4 of us that think so... I saw this post a few days before the "4th" and I ordered the Glover Steam Locomotive book...what an amazing company. I didn't even know they existed but sure is a neat story about how they saved everything including pics and records. Some super neat locomotives also!
I've bought several books that were recommended here, love this section! Thanks guys...Mark