Their whistles called and their smoke left white or black smoky trails wherever they traveled but the big, powerful steam locomotives were once a large part of the landscape in the United States. Although they're now part of history, these impressive "iron horses" continue to fascinate us.
This book talks about "The Locomotive Builders" and the different passenger, freight, dual-service, switcher locomotives plus the really big heavy freight locomotives such as the Decapod, Mallet and the Big Boy.
The Locomotive Builders
Dual Service Locomotives
Heavy Freight Locomotives
Heavy Fast Freight Locomotives
Steam Locomotive Glossary
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About the Author
I was born in Greenville, Michigan back, well, let's just a few years ago.
I've spent the last several years as an editor and writer of several books, manuals, newsletters, brochures, articles and other stories/documents. You've seen many of these books and articles here on my website but I'll list more here as well.
My first adult job was, surprise, working fast food or as Long John Silver's preferred to call it, "good food fast." I lost a lot of my desire after 13 months of working ten hours a day, six days a week in a job I didn't really like. Therefore, when I was asked to leave, permanently, I was lucky to get a job in a computer store which eventually led to my employment at Abacus.
I got my start as a "professional" author and editor while working at Abacus Software in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I did whatever the company needed in my many years while working at Abacus from warehouse, customer service, sales and even for a time, technical support. I knew the writing and creative side of the business was going to be my favorite.
My first published book was Paint Shop Pro
Abacus has been a leader in the home publishing market for a long time. The company started big time with books on the Commodore 64 and Atari ST (remember those computers?) before publishing books about Windows and MS-DOS related topics.
Perhaps the biggest success Abacus has had in my time working for the company has been producing add-ons for Microsoft Flight Simulator. You've probably noticed that many of the book titles here are flight-related. This is not a coincidence because these books in many cases are expanded editions of the software manuals I wrote and edited for the accompanying software.
I've also dabbled a bit in graphic arts by designing the software packages and book covers for our publications.
If you have any questions, please let me know: