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Ride the Big Red Cars.
(Pacific Electric Railway) Crump, Spenser
Corona del Mar, CA: Trans-Anglo Books, 1970. Some wear to dj, else very good. The Pacific Electric Railway was an interurban trolley line that at its peak operated over 1,100 miles of track with 6,000 scheduled cars daily throughout southern California. Operating from 1895 until 1961, this fast efficient mass transit system allowed for the development of the megalopolis that Los Angeles became. This is a comprehensive history of the line. Although not issued together, we are bundling this history with: Cars of Pacific Electric, Volume I/II/III. Glendale, CA: 1978/1976/1978. Three volumes. 224pp, illus; 225-448pp, illus; 449-793pp, illus. Printed wrappers. Some wear and bumping, else very good. These volumes describe and illustrate with photos and diagrams the types of cars run by Pacific Electric. They include Vol. I City & Suburban Cars; Vol. II Interurban & Deluxe Cars; and, Vol. III Combos, Locomotives & Non-Revenue Cars. Taken together the four volumes tell you as much as you ever need to know about the Pacific Electric Railway.

Price: $175.00
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Rails North; The Railroads of Alaska and the Yukon.
Clifford, Howard
Seattle, WA: Superior Publishing Company, 1981. First edition. 200pp, illus. Some rubbing and a couple of small chips to the dust jacket, book near fine. The most complete story in pictures and text of the railroads of the far north.

Price: $45.00
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Stations West, The Story of the Oregon Railways.
Culp, Edwin D.
Caldwell, ID: The Caxton Printers, Ltd. 1972. First edition. x. 265pp, illus. Minor chips to the dust jacket, spine slightly faded, else near fine. A pictorial history of Oregon railroads lavishly illustrated with four hundred eighty photos.

Price: $50.00
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The San Antonio and Arsansas Pass Railway; The Story of the Famous "SAP" Railway of Texas
Hedge, John W. and Geoffrey S. Dawson
Waco, TX: AMA Graphics, 1983. [iv], 148pp, illus. Owner's name on ffep, edgewear to the dust jacket, else near fine. The San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railway Company was chartered on August 28, 1884, to connect San Antonio with Aransas Bay, a distance of 135 miles. The line built additional track to Corpus Christi, Kerrville and Waco, and by 1891 the SA&AP was operating 688 miles of main track. Typical of railroads of the day, it went through receivership and a variety of ownership structures. This scarce volume recounts the history of the SA&AP, describes the equipment, the personnel, and has a long chapter on wrecks.

Price: $250.00
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Steam & Thunder in the Timber: Saga of the Forest Railroads.
Koch, Michael
Denver, CO: World Press, Inc. 1979. Stated limited edition but no indication of number. Signed by the author. ix, 528pp, illus. Dust jacket lightly rubbed, else near fine. This recounts the colorful history of a century and a half of logging railroads in the area that stretches from Maine to Washington and from the Gulf of Mexico to Alaska. Lavishly illustrated with 925 black and white photos, 12 full color paintings and 22 line drawings.

Price: $275.00
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Vanishing Varnish.
LePak, Gregory
Littleton, CO: Alpine Publishing, Ltd., 1978. First edition, limited to 2,000 copies, numbered and signed. Edge wear to the dust jacket with short tears and minor loss to the top and bottom of the spine, book near fine. An illustrated history of the passenger service of the Denver & Rio Grand Railway. With 400 rare and unpublished photographs, passenger car drawings, station maps, and five full color photos. (By the way, the term varnish used in the title was a railroad expression for passenger trains in the days of wooden cars, which were varnished after painting to provide an elegant finish befitting the high level of craftsmanship typical of late nineteenth-century passenger equipment.)

Price: $125.00
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The Pacific Coast Railway; Central California's Premier Narrow Gauge.
Westcott, Kenneth E. and Curtiss H. Johnson
Los Altos, CA: Benchmark Publications Ltd., 1998. xiii, 296pp, illus. Near fine in a like dust jacket. The story of the 3-foot gauge Pacific Coast Railway, which, from 1876 to the 1920s, ran a 76 mile railway from the deep water harbor at Port Harford (later Port San Luis) on the Central California coast, north through San Luis Obispo, and then south to Los Olivos. Profusely illustrated with plans and photos of many of the PC's structures and most of the line's cars and locomotives, diagrams of each turnout and line-side structure, and a milepost list with every bridge, fence, siding, and tie are included. OK, it doesn't really have a list of every tie, but still a lot of information on a 76 mile railroad into 296 pages.

Price: $250.00
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Memorial of A. Whitney, Praying a grant of public land to enable him to construct a railroad from Lake Michigan to the Pacific O
Whitney, Asa
Washington: GPO, 1846. 29th Congress 1st Session, Senate 161. 10pp, folding map. Pages browned, map with a stain in the margin and minor loss on one fold. Sewn, laid in a custom case. Asa Whitney (1797-1872) was a merchant and railroad promoter. His modest proposal was that he would build a railroad himself if only the government would present him a grant of land sixty miles wide from Lake Michigan to the Pacific - some 92,160,000 acres by his calculation - the sale of which would pay the cost of construction and any land left over would be his as a reward for his good work. Oddly, the government didn't go for it despite his intensive promotional campaign. The folding map (9.5 by 16 inches) shows the continental United States with Whitney's proposed rail line leaving Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, heading due west in an almost straight line through South Park in the Rockies where it abruptly ends.

Price: $250.00
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Appletons' Railroad and Steamboat Companion...
Williams, W.
NY: D. Appleton & Company, 1848. 313pp, illus, maps [8pp advts]. 12mo. Original printed boards. Light wear to extremities and internal browning, remarkably nice. A variant edition from Howes who calls for an 1848 edition with 12 maps; this has 30 maps on 22 sheets, five folding the rest double page. Collated complete with all of the maps called for present. Subtitled: "A complete guide to the White Mountains, Catskill Mountains, &c., Saratoga Springs, Virginia Springs, and other watering-places; with the places of fashionable and healthful resort; and containing full and accurate descriptions of the principal cities, towns and villages, the natural and artificial curiosities in the vicinity of the routes with distances, fares, &c." Thus a fascinating description of the country at mid-century, including material on the development of the railroad infrastructure. Seldom seen in this good condition. Howes W489.

Price: $450.00
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The Great Northern Railway; A Pictorial Study.
Wood, Charles & Dorothy
Edmonds, WA: Pacific Fast Mail, 1979. 560pp, illus, map ep. Some edgewear to the dj, book near fine. A lavishly illustrated history of the colorful line with more than 800 photos - many in color - as well as maps, timetables, and brochures.

Price: $135.00
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