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Has anyone picked up a copy of Two-Rails To The Front?  Just looking for opinions.



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Michael, yes it's a great book. There are many photos and drawings of equipment. Plus it's a good read. The lokies are mostly 2-6-2t Alcos, Baldwins, etc. and Baldwin gasoline mechanical lokies. There are some "furrin" locos, etc. but mostly US built stuff.
If you can get it, BUY IT!

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Plus 2 on that.

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Okay, ordered a copy of the book for $20 including postage.  Should be here next week. 

Thanks for the advice.



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Thanks for the info, I'm always interested in any military RR stuff. I'd never heard of this book before, going to have to order a copy somewhere.



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Got a new digital camera and still trying to figure out how the darn thing works.  Sorry for the poor quality.




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Hi Michael.

Strictly speaking, we can't have photos Posted of what's inside books, due to 'copyright'.

So the 2nd photo had to go.

A photo of the book cover is normally OK, by way of a review though.

Si.

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OK, now that "cat is out of the bag"...here's another one:
NARROW GAUGE TO NO MAN'S LAND US Army 60CM gauge railways of the First World War in France, with notes on 60CM gauge Army railways in the USA. Author-Richard Dunn This book (a hardback) has not only hundreds of photos (yes, hundreds) but also beautiful scale plans for the Davenport/Baldwin/Vulcan 2-6-2's (3/8" or 1:32 scale) and Baldwin/Whitcomb/Plymouth Co. 50 HP gas/mechanicals, freight cars, and even speeders! This was published by Benchmark Publications Los Altos, CA. (something to do with the NG&SL Gazette)
I was given this book by the family of a late friend, I don't believe it is a cheapie however. If you want the most info on these locos, etc. then this MUST be the book to have.
I am drooling as I write this...
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Another great book, if WDLR railroads interest you.

I have had this one since it came out, years ago.


BTW--, Two Foot Rails to the Front, has a couple photos of the German single cylinder, two stroke Deutz locos with huge flywheels.

These things seemed to be very shy, photos are rare--or am I looking in the wrong place Helmut? Plenty of photos of similar, later Deutz's, but not these. Over the years following the war, Deutz made a lot of 4 wheel locos with the same , or close to the same engines, but it would seem that they were made to order specs. They are like VW Beatles---all the same, but all different. Be nice to see some of the small details

But then, you have to be different to like the Deutz's

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W C Greene wrote: OK, now that "cat is out of the bag"...here's another one:

NARROW GAUGE TO NO MAN'S LAND US Army 60CM gauge railways of the First World War in France, with notes on 60CM gauge Army railways in the USA. Author-Richard Dunn 
I agree. I got a copy of this book many years ago and it's very good.



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I agree that Charles Small's Two Foot Rails to the Front is a very good read, and has a good selection of photos. Richard Dunn's book on Narrow Gauge to No Mans Land is also very good. Both books are worth purchasing for your library.
Plateway Press also published 3 soft cover books on WWI trench railways. The first book covered the Western front, and the second book covered mostly everywhere else. The third book  is called the Light Track to Arras, and has great personal recollections of British Army crewmen's experience running light railways. These books are all worth picking up.
I also picked up a book earlier this year on Arras Sector light railways. This thick volume was very interesting, although it may not be for general interest. They covered every line, in this huge military district with many, many branches. This covered the pre-war meter gauge lines, and the 60cm lines built afterward.  I am not at home right now, so I don't have the author and title, but can post that later if anyone is interested.
Keith

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