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Steam Engines & Railroads
Modern Steam Engines by Joshua Rose

Joshua Rose was a mechanical engineer, and his 1887 book is a classic in its field, giving full details of the construction of the modern steam engines of his day, and illustrating their operation with clear and understandable drawings. Modern Steam Engines features simple explanations about the operations of various valves, valve motions, link motions, and much more.

322 pages, Paperback, B&W, 8.5" x 11", 2003
Order Number: AP156..........$29.95

In every way, William Drew Washburn was larger than life. Although born one of ten children on a remote, hardscrabble farm in western Maine, fifty years later he was entertaining Presidents in his eighty-room mansion in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He instigated the births of the Minneapolis and St. Louis Railroad and the Soo Line Railroad. Prairie Lightning tells of his rise and fall.

200 pages, Paperback, B&W, 6" x 9", © 2010
Order Number: PP460............$18.95 $14.25

Covering a span of almost two centuries, Railroad History on American Postage Stamps tells the stories behind the many United States postage stamps that portray railroad history. Almost 200 stamps depicting railroading highlights including land grants, the completion of the transcontinental railroad, railroad heroes (from John Henry to Casey Jones), and equipment from famous locomotives to workaday freight cars are described in fascinating vignettes.

280 pages, Paperback, B&W, 6" x 9", 2004
Order Number: AP200............$35.00


Railroaded, an original, deeply researched history, shows the transcontinentals to be pivotal actors in the making of modern America. But the triumphal myths of the golden spike, robber barons larger than life, and an innovative capitalism all die here. Instead we have a new vision of the Gilded Age, often darkly funny, that shows history to be rooted in failure as well as success. Includes 8 pages of illustrations.

720 pages, Paperback, B&W, 5.5" x 8.25", 2012
Order Number: VAP345............$18.95

For the first time, a book has been written that explains all the tools and techniques necessary for successfully building models with brass. Readers are exposed to every technique for cutting, forming, fabricating, soldering, and final finishing of commercially available brass stock in Model Building with Brass.

160 pages, 327 Color Photos, Hardcover, Full Color, 8.5" x 11", 2016
Order Number: VAP934.........$34.99


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