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Hello

I'm pleased (and my wife relieved !) that the book I've been working on for the last five years is done,
and will be available in the next month or so.

Without getting into too much shameless self promotion,
"Sonora Narrow Gauge" covers the funky mining railroads south of the border, in the state of Sonora,
and will feature about 150 rare photographs.

As I don't expect to make a profit and have cut out those pesky middlemen,
the cost of the book will be surprisingly affordable,
will keep everyone posted.

Thanks

Duane  "now I'll have time to model again"  Ericson 


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Save one for me!

                the "other" W. C. Greene


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Update on the Sonora Narrow Gauge Book-After years of work it is done-If you would like a copy please contact me via email for info-Thanks! Duane Ericson

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Hey all, I just got Duane Ericson's new Sonora Narrow Gauge book and even though I haven't read it yet, the photos are inspiring and nicely reproduced. Duane has researched several Mexican mining roads with gauges from 24" to standard gauge...old time and modern. I will read the text soon, but am still looking at and drooling over the photos, mining lovers will really enjoy this one. Duane is on freerails and you should send him a PM and order a copy ASAP. Realize that I have no financial stake in this, I just believe we should support those with the herewithall to write and produce works like this one. I am proud to add this to my library and hope Duane will continue with publishing fine information for historians and modelers alike.

                        Woodie

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My copy of Duane's book came yesterday and I read some of it, and had to browse through the whole thing.  It's a treasure of photos, maps and prototype information for anyone interested in narrow gauge modeling. The text is well written, in a style that makes history interesting. That Duane's book focuses on copper mining is a special bonus for me!

The photos of the steam tractors used by one mining outfit were great.  Best of all is the story of the heroic engineer who moved his train of flat cars loaded with dynamite out of town when cinders from the stack set the dynamite crates on fire.  He probably saved hundreds of lives at the cost of his own - that alone was worth the price of admission!

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Hey Verne-that "other" W C Greene in the book was a scheister and dealer from the bottom of the deck..I loved it all! Another thing that's cool is the old time mining with Porters, 1920's era with a dead ringer for Bachmann's On30 2-8-0, and modern times with a GE 65 ton center cab and SPNG's X-1 50 tonner. Anybody who lets this book go by is missing the train for sure. I can't wait to see what Duane writes about next!

                   Woodie

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

Regards,          Michael



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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!

Woodie

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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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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...
Woodie

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Found a copy in a bookstore in Sweden, at a reasonable price.

Started reading yesterday evening.


Shocked by the background of violence and war....

something we all aren't aware usually.


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I’m glad you were able to find a copy of the book-in Sweden of all places. When I wrote the book, I initially tried to keep the politics and violence out of it, but, the railroads and mining companies were heavily involved in politics and the Mexican Revolution. Really a fascinating ( and violent) chapter of history, it makes the American Civil War look tame in comparison.
I am still writing about mining and to a lesser degree railroads, but the reports I work on are archaeology reports that are not available to the public. I don’t believe anyone actually reads them, so it is always good to hear that people are reading the Silver City and Sonora books. 
Regards, Duane

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Duane,

I feel you have just found the right mix of historical background and RR / mining topic.

Have read maybe a third of the book by now, and like it very much.

It's fine to also learn something new about people involved, and their country.


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Thanks for the comments and feedback. I’m glad you’ve enjoyed it so far.


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