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Lot of 5 books Loco eng album RRing coast to coast This was RRing Train Wrecks T
Lot of 5 books Loco eng album RRing coast to coast This was RRing Train Wrecks T
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A Locomotive Engineers Album By George Abdill The saga of steam engines in America. 1965  190 Pages
HARD COVER WITH DUST JACKET (damaged dust jacket   Taped)  Spine has a label  Item $ 501 $15
Within the pages of this book lie the pictorial story of the Iron Horse in North America, a stirring saga of railroading that goes hand in hand with the history and development of our nation.
Through the wonderful medium of the camera it has been possible to record the growth of the steam locomotive, from birth pangs to the peak of its existence, from the cradle to the grave. Come with a locomotive engineer and stroll through the scenes of yesteryear, through the shadowy roundhouses of history and out along the gleaming ribbons of silver that reached from the Atlantic to the Pacific, Canada to Mexico.
The illustrations in this album come from a wide variety of sources; from private collections generously shared, from the files of locomotive builders, the archives of national institutions, and from the historical records of various railroads. In selecting the photographs the author has endeavored to choose those that best tell the story of mechanical growth, including the primitive Iron Colts of the 1830's, the rapid advances to better and more efficient designs, and the crowning achievements of engine builders. Chapters have been devoted to exhibition power, displayed at a number of expositions, and to odd and unusual locomotives, to speed queens, freight hogs, and the humble switchers.
Brief histories of many early railroads have been included in the caption material, along with thumbnail sketches of some of the country's obscure pikes. The bulk of the material covers the era from the beginnings of steam railroading to the turn of the century, and special effort has been made to avoid duplicating any of the material in the author's four previous pictorial books on historic railroading.
A major portion of this volume is aimed at what has been termed the "nuts and bolts" segment of railroad enthusiasts, those whose interests lie primarily in the locomotive engine. While a number of the pictures reveal early cars, stations, bridges, and other adjuncts of American railroading, the majority of the illustrations depict the mechanical steed that has fascinated generations of American males. Many of the photographs portray locomotives fresh from the factory in those classic poses known as builder's photos, while others capture the Iron Horse in his habitat, spewing cinders, steam, and smoke over a colorful variety of scenery that embraces nearly every portion of the North American continent.

Train Wrecks by Robert C. Reed -- A pictorial history of accidents on the main line.  Dust Jacket  183 pages

Hard Cover with Dust Jacket, publisher  Bonanza  books Spine label Item #572  $15

In 1853 forty-six people were killed in a head-on collision between two trains of different lines running on the same track at Secaucus, N. J. and the early safety record of railroads came to a sickening halt . . . only to suffer another crash three months later involving a Rhode Island excursion train. American railroading was expanding with tentative fingers and having them run over.

Here is the absorbing story of wrecks on the right-of-way-wrecks which brought on "horror" articles, songs, and scare-sketches frightening travelers and even making for more accidents. One man, Cornelius Vanderbilt, who "hated railroads," after almost dying in a wreck, lived to dominate the scene and control the New York Central.

The railroads survived but grim echoes followed the first multiple casualties in the early railroad era and alarm bells were set off with dire warnings, which both curtailed and stimulated travel. In this definitive chronicle Robert Reed present~ a major historical work in the field of railroad accidents with a wealth of photographs and public prints of the day.


PREFACE
I feel particularly close to the subject of this book, having survived a frightening rail derailment in the wilds of West Virginia, in which my coach toppled off the rails, turned over, and slid on its side for several hundred feet. But personal experience is no prerequisite for reading this book. Mr. Reed has prepared a concise history of American railroad accidents, which is embellished with enough contemporary accounts to give the reader a feeling of the times. He has also assembled a remarkable collection of photographs and engravings to illustrate the more important types
of accidents.

The railway as the first means of mechanical transportation ushered in an era of fast and comparatively comfortable travel. At first the public seemed ready to accept the dangers inherent in this new technology, but eventually many of the difficulties and dangers were corrected by experience gained from a decade or two of trial and error. Some problems were never completely solved, of course, and train wrecks continued to plague the traveller despite the great engineering advancements made during the last half of the nineteenth century.

Although accidents began with the first railroad operations in this country, the early years were generally free from serious disasters. Light traffic and slow speeds account for this good early safety record. By mid-century, however, the enormous growth of the rail network and the corresponding growth in traffic together with the introduction of nighttime travel reduced the margin of safety considerably. Primitive signaling systems, laminated iron rails, and brittle cast iron wheels contributed their hazards to railroading in this country. But as always human error was the main cause of accidents. It might be suggested here that the public outcry against the dangers of rail travel took a vengeful personal note compared to the fatalistic acceptance of road and sea disasters that were somehow considered as natural calamities.

Late in the nineteenth century a number of important technical inventions combined to improve the safety of rail travel. Cheap steel brought sound rails, axles, and bridges. Automatic electric signals, double track, and the Westinghouse brake made their contributions. The fire hazard was banished by the adoption of electric lighting and steam heating about the turn of the century. All of these efforts were culminated by the adoption of the all steel passenger car in 1907. Today railroads are the safest mode of travel available to Americans.

This Was Railroading  By  George  B. Abdill.     An Historical collection of rare photographs and true stories about tracks, trains and trainmen of the Pacific Northwest..including Northern California.  

Hard Cover with Dust jacket (dust jacket has damage)
Copyright 1958.  
BONANZA Books   SPINE LABEL Item # 570 $8

One of the many popular  THIS WAS   books -  Mr. Abdill presents a collection of rare photos and stories when the Pacific Northwest Romance and its railroads were young. Railroading is the massive Mallet and the caboose hop. It is the lonely track walker, the roundhouse rumors, the water tender, the engineers long-spouted oil can. It is the age of steam centered in the most romantic field of industry and commerce ever to intrigue Mr. America. And here in this book of beauty and memory is the graphic story of railroading as the New West saw it and rode with it.  

Railroading is the sound and picture of a black bulk streaking and shrieking through the night with a jet of steam trailing back along the boiler. Many of these photographs museum pieces of the first water and most of them never before published, all are rare.

TABLE OF CONTENTS includes:
The Columbia GorgePortage Roads, Pioneer Gateway, The Snowbound Express, The Shannon Convention, Branch Line Feeders;

steel trail westStreet of the Northwest, Experiences of an N.P. Eagle-eye, Pasco Days;

sage brush and rawhideBakers Pike, Polygamy Central;

Canadian corridorthe Fraser, The Invaders, Lonely Outpost;

East Side, West SideOregon Centrals, Balloon Stacks & Bagpipes, Colonel Hoggs Dream;

frozen northRush Route, Moose Gooser, Farthest Reach;

Empire BuilderGoat, Wellington Disaster, North Bank Road, Canyon Road;

Steel to the SeashoreClamshell, Punk, Rotten & Nasty;

NORTHWEST CORNERFiasco, Hands Across the Border, North
to the Line, Johnny Come Lately, Rails to Yreka;

Call the Big Hookon the Rails, The Loggers.
Includes many locomotive photos & related profiles.      approx 190 pgs
Railroading is the massive Mallet and the caboose hop. It is the lonely track walker, the roundhouse rumors, the water tender, the engineer's long-spouted oil can. It is the age of steam centered in the most romantic field of industry and commerce ever to intrigue Mr. America. And here in this book of beauty and memory is the graphic story of railroading as the "New West" saw it and rode with it.
Railroading to author Geo. B. Abdill is the sound and picture of a black bulk streaking and shrieking through the night with a jet of steam trailing back along the, boiler. He saw and heard this as a boy on an Oregon farm and has carried it in his heart ever since. Now as a Southern Pacific engineer-"hoghead" to you-and a dedicated collector of railroadiana, he raises the lid of his personal locker to all other railroaders, active and armchair.
Get into the cab and as Engineer Abdill steams up the grade he'll spin you tales of the rails and illustrate them with a part of his precious collection, many of these photographs museum pieces of the first water, most of them never before published, all are rare.


Trains Around the World The international story of trains throughout the world from the early days of steam to the present.   36 color, 129 black and white illustrations.  162 pages. Copyright 1972 Indexed. HARD COVER

Christmas tag inside front blank page Spine Item #573 $12.00  

A beautifully illustrated history of trains around the world from Stephensons Rocket to todays examples of technical excellence, streamlining, power and speed.   This book has been compiled by authors who are well known though out the world.  Electric trains, diesel trains, freight trains, passenger trains, robber barons, railway pioneers - the whole exciting story is unfolded in vivid text and pictures.  

Steam Locomotion takes shape by Brian Haresnape.  Across America by Harold Edmonson.  Steam Speed and streamlining by Haresnape.  The greatest American Steam Locomotives by Edmonson.  Steam in Asi and Australasia by Edmonson. Diesel and Electric Trains by Peter Winding.  Underground Service by John R Day.  Freight Trains by Ian Yearsley.  

Railroading Coast to Coast Riding the Locomotive Cabs 1923 - 1950 By S Kip Farrington Hard cover with Dust Jacket Copyright 1976  305 Pages   SPINE label item $536 $5
S. Kip Farrington, Jr., has spent a lifetime riding locomotives. He had his first ride at the age of four, and from the time he was fourteen, he was constantly on railroads all over North America and thirty-seven foreign countries.
His usual procedure was to write in a run on the operating timetable of the division on which he was riding. Although he kept very few of his transcripts, he has assembled over 200 detailed accounts for this book, his tenth on railroading (nine on the United States and one on Railroading Around the World).
The transcripts of these runs cover thirty-nine North American railroads and many of this country's foremost Grades, including the Continental Divide, the Sierra Nevada, the Alleghenys, and the Saluda, to name just four. The excellent photos, with statistics and comments on the locomotives, are of great interest to all students of locomotive practice. There are many action pictures with locations, divisions, and engine statistics with explanations. Many of America's leading railroad photographers have contributed these outstanding photographs.
There are also many pages on the Great Northern Railroad's ore move, Virginian coal move, and scooping water on the run. Complete sections on Western Maryland Dynamometer Car Tests (with Resulting Tonnage Ratings for Three of their great locomotives), Bridge Ratings, and Clearances include graphs, chants, and nine photographs. There is also a complete section on Passenger Train On Time Movements for over thirty railroads, 1962-1965, with twelve photographs.
All descriptive data are included in the transcripts, including the makeup of the trains, weather conditions, and on some runs even the names of the crew members. The Afterword is a complete coverage of the Freedom Train with photographs and a record of the top officers of six of America's leading industries that financed the train.
In the Introduction, Howard Fogg states: "'Railroading Coast to Coast is a totally unique and authentic record, amply illustrated, of U.S. locomotive performance during the finest years of steam and electric operation, and on into the diesel era of increased economy and efficiency. Nothing like this volume has ever been published before, for only Kip Farrington could do it!"




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