Steam Trains: A Modern View of Yesterday's Railroads

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Few images speak as clearly of a time and a place as a dramatic black-and-white photograph of an American steam locomotive powering through that storied era of railroad history. All the new photographs in this beautiful book meticulously recreate that original style, capturing the bygone age of steam rail against the settings of its heyday, including period architecture and other details. The result is the crisp, stunning quality of contemporary photography - reproduced in highest-quality duotone prints - of the ...

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Overview

Few images speak as clearly of a time and a place as a dramatic black-and-white photograph of an American steam locomotive powering through that storied era of railroad history. All the new photographs in this beautiful book meticulously recreate that original style, capturing the bygone age of steam rail against the settings of its heyday, including period architecture and other details. The result is the crisp, stunning quality of contemporary photography - reproduced in highest-quality duotone prints - of the iconic locomotives of yesteryear.

Featured trains include the Milwaukee Road; the Cumbres and Toltec snowplow runs; the Cotton Belt 819 in Arkansas, Missouri, and Illinois; the Savannah and Atlanta No. 750; the Frisco 1522 in Missouri; the Norfolk and Western 611 and 1218 in Georgia and Tennessee; the Union Pacific 3985 in Wyoming, Nebraska and Arkansas—these are just some of the historic runs and routes Steam Trains brings this era to life with its evocative photographs and accompanying narrative accounts of the locomotives that are still cherished today.

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Editorial Reviews

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MidwestBook Review, January 2007

“Simply outstanding – not to be missed by any collection train buffs frequent.”

The MichiganRailfan, November/December 2007

“This black and white photographic gallery features some of the finest examples of restored North American steam locomotives to be found anywhere.”

Railfan and Railroad, December 2006

Steam Trains features the dramatic black and white photography of R&R contributor James P. Bell in a beautifully printed, large format, hard cover volume.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760322673
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press
  • Publication date: 10/15/2006
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 1.00 (w) x 1.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

James P. Bell is an experienced photojournalist and avowed railroad enthusiast. His articles have appeared in Railfan and Railroad over the past 15 years.

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Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Chapter 1        Spokane, Portland & Seattle No. 700 Returns to the “Last Best Place”: Steam in Montana

Chapter 2        An Arkansas Shortline Survives: Celebrations on the Dardanelle & Russellville

Chapter 3        Absorption of the Missouri Pacific into the Union Pacific Brings a Return of Steam to Arkansas

Chapter 4        A Railroad War in the Ozarks: A Tale of Two Shortlines with Claims on Eureka Springs

Chapter 5        Frisco No. 1522 on the Route of the Heartland Flyer in Oklahoma

Chapter 6        Down Along the Cotton Belt

Chapter 7        Wayzata, Minnesota, Invites a Superstar: Milwaukee Road No. 261

Chapter 8        Union Pacific and North Platte, Nebraska: History Along the Overland Route

Chapter 9        Changes Along the Rio Grande Narrow Gauge: the Durango & Silverton

Chapter 10      Rough Times on the Reader: Tales of an Arkansas Shortline

Chapter 11      Life on the Narrow Gauge in Chama, New Mexico

Chapter 12      The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad: Battles with Nature on Cumbres Pass

Chapter 13      Norfolk & Western No. 1218 and a Conductor Remembered

Chapter 14      Southern Pacific No. 4449: Daylight to the Fair

Chapter 15      A Homecoming Excursion Up the Columbia River: SP&S No. 700 Returns

Chapter 16      Frisco No. 1522: Movie Star

Chapter 17      Cheyenne to Laramie: Sherman Hill Stands Between

Chapter 18      Union Pacific No. 3985 Along the Route of the Old Missouri Pacific

Chapter 19      Carl Franz and the “Photo Special”: Mountain Thunder on the Western Maryland

Chapter 20      Norfolk & Western No. 611: In Search of O. Winston Link

Chapter 21      The Engineer Was a Woman: Adventure on the Grand Canyon Railway

Chapter 22      Movie Magic on the Arkansas & Missouri Railroad: The Making of Biloxi Blues

Chapter 23      Go North For Steam: Canadian Pacific No. 2816

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2007

    Misdescribed book

    This book is a collection of photographs of select restored engines and a few psgr. cars. This is fine for it's purpose but there is nothing in the product description to indicate what the volume actually contains. You only find this out when you open the volume or read the back of the dust jacket. After flipping several pages, I hope I can get my money back.

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