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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


This rare collection of 126 "builder portraits" of American locomotives offers an exciting cavalcade of images that chronicle the momentous rise of steam locomotive power in America. Builder portraits are especially prized by railway historians because they are the exacting official photographs of new models taken before repairs, alterations, and weathering altered their original appearance. This rich selection offers railroading historians and enthusiasts a peerless record of a great age in railway history. Railroading expert Ron Zeil's introduction and captions provide readers with a brief railroading background, a commentary on the art of the builder portrait and key details on each locomotive depicted.

144 pages, Paperback, B&W, 8-1/2" x 11", ©1993
Order Number: VAP443…...$18.95



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