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A Few Railroad and Railway Books

Catalog Report

Catalog Report

Railways : 27 Books

[4773] Bain, D. M.. Canadian Pacific in the Rockies --10 Volumes, Signed . Calgary, Alberta: British Railway Modellers of North America (Calgary Group), Signed by Author. Oblong 8-1/2 x 11", 26 pp. each. Complete in 10 volumes, 1978-1985. Various printings, some firsts. Interesting text and photos (many by Nicholas Morant) give us a fascinating look at the CPR from Calgary to the Coast. This special set has 2 SIGNED volumes--Vol. 5 ("Many thanks for your help, Don, June 3, 1980") and Vol. 6 ("Best wishes, Donald Bain, Oct. 31, 1980"); plus a laid-in subscription sheet SIGNED by Bain in Black pen and with a 4-page handwritten note to a subscriber in Blue ink and SIGNED by Don as well (interesting comment about his superior at CIBC!). Individual volumes are G to VG condition. $125.00

[4772] Bain, D. M.. Canadian Pacific in the Rockies--Volumes 1 to 4. Calgary, Alberta: British Railway Modellers of North America (Calgary Group), Signed by Author. Oblong 8-1/2 x 11", 26 pp. each. Vol. 1, 6th printing, 1980. Vol. 2, 1st printing, 1978. Vol. 3, 3rd printing, 1980. Vol. 4, 2nd printing, 1980. Interesting text and photos (many by Nicholas Morant) give us a fascinating look at the CPR from Calgary to the Coast. Volume 2 is SIGNED by Donald Bain in pen on Introduction page. Glossy pictorial card wraps, stapled. G+ to VG+ copies. $41.00

[5292] Baird, Ian. Canadian Pacific Railway Stations in British Columbia. Victoria, B.C.: Orca Book Publishers, Tall 4 to., 108 pp. (1990) As a tribute to this specific architectural form, the author explores the nature of these rapidly-disappearing buildings from both an historical and an aesthetic perspective. Dozens of historic photos of B.C.'s stations from the simple to the luxurious. Glossy pictorial stiff card wraps. Minor edgewear; o/w a VG or better copy. $16.00

[5290] Barger, Ralph L. . Union Pacific Business Cars, 1870-1991. Sykesville, Maryland : Greenberg Publishing, Hard Cover. Oblong 4 to., 208 pp. 1st Edition (1992). "For more than 120 years, Union Pacific Railroad business cars have plied a network of steel rails from the midwestern plains to the Pacific Ocean. This roster of 153 non-revenue cars also includes a variety of inspection/instruction cars used to insure rail safety and to train employees. See the story of each of these distinctive conveyances illustrated with the finest available drawings and photographs." B/w and colour photos. Illustrated endpapers. Glossy pictorial boards. Slight edgewear and rubbing; short scratch across spine; o/w a VG+ copy. $36.50

[4566] Bohi, Charles. Canadian National's Western Depots: the Country Stations in Western Canada . Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver : Railfare enterprises/Fitzhenry & Whiteside , Hard Cover. Tall 4 to., 128 pp. Probable 1st Edition (1977). A Railfare book. Everything you may ever want to know about the many CN station buildings in all the little towns across the Canadian Prairies and British Columbia, accompanied by more than 130 photos. Green cloth with Silver lettering. Minor edgewear; o/w a VG+ copy in a VG pictorial d.j. $17.50

[4764] Bowman, Charles. White Plume: a Pictorial Representation of the Steam Locomotive . Chicago: Henry Regnery Co., Hard Cover. Tall 4 to., 160 pp. (1976) A Railfare book. A pictorial presentation of the steam locomotive, dedicated to the entrepreneurs who designed, financed and built the railways; to the people who operate and maintain them; to the folks who travel on them; and to the customers who make use of them for the movement of goods and livestock. 160 photos taken by the author in Europe, Canada and the U.S., plus 17 maps. Red cloth. Slight edgewear; one small nick at top of spine; o/w a VG+ copy in a G+ pictorial d.j. $11.50

[5289] Burrows, Roger G.. Railway Mileposts: British Columbia, Volume I. North Vancouver, B.C.: Railway Milepost Books, Tall 4 to., 112 pp. 1984, 3rd printing. The CPR Mainline Route from the Rockies to the Pacific, including the Okanagan Routes and CN's Canyon Route. The definitive reference. Subdivision by subdivision, and mile by mile, this book accurately describes the remarkable engineering feats of yesterday. Dozens of maps and photos. Stiff pictorial card wraps. Ex-Library copy (Port Moody Station Museum). Moderate edgewear and rubbing; some creasing at spine and bottom corner of front cover; library code taped to bottom of spine; library card pocket on half-title; 1" stain in margin of Table of Contents; o/w a G+ clean copy. $15.50

[4856] Chapman, C. W.. Modern High-Speed Oil Engines: 3 Volumes . London: Caxton Publishing Co., Hard Cover. 8 vo., 230 pp., 218 pp., 237 pp. 3-volume set. 2nd printing. July, 1949. Many in-text illustrations and photos plus 32 plates in the 3 volumes on glossy paper. A comprehensive study of the high-speed oil engine for industrial, railroad and marine use. Black cloth bindings. Minor edgewear and rubbing; minor discolouring of paper; o/w a VG set. $22.50

[4119] Dorin, Patrick C.. Everywhere West the Burlington Route . Seattle, Washington: Superior Pub., Hard Cover. Tall 4 to., 174 pp. 1st Edition (1976). The Burlington Railway will always be remembered for the Zephyr and other world famous passenger trains, the high speed freight trains, the triple track speedway between Aurora and Chicago, stainless steel commuter cars, Vista Domes, slumber coaches and last but not least, the red and grey freight Diesels. All of these and much more make up the story of the Burlington Route. Dozens of rare photos. 2-page map showing the Burlington's 11,000 miles of track in 14 states. Blue cloth with Gold lettering. Minor edgewear; o/w VG+ in G+ pictorial d.j. with some chipping, rubbing and discolouring. $21.00

[4811] Dorin, Patrick C.. Soo Line . Seattle: Superior Pub., Hard Cover. 4 to., 192 pp. 1st Edition (1979). "The Soo Line Railroad is basically involved only in the moving of freight and concentrates its efforts along that line. It can be thought of as a giant funnel for Canadian products, Wisconsin paper and a wide variety of other commodities en route to mid-western, eastern and southern market areas." This book describes and pictures Soo Line Trains and service as well as some of the equipment, concentrating on the period from the late 1930's to the 1970's. Hundreds of photos. Brown cloth. Moderate edgewear; prev. owner's name stamp on f.e.p.; o/w a VG copy in a G+ pictorial d.j. with rubbing and chipping, price-clipped. $30.00

[5295] Gee, Michael (ed.). Anthology of Steam Railroad Poetry: Volume One, British Columbia Edition, 1986 . Prince George, B.C.: Self-Published, Signed by Editor. Tall 4 to., 17 pp. (1986). Limited Edition: #34 of 250 copies. Various authors. SIGNED by editor Gee on Introduction page. A title in the Steam Railroad Poetry Series. Covers and interior illus. by Marie Nagel. Glossy pictorial stiff card wraps. A Near Fine copy. $20.00

[4756] Gibbon, John Murray. Steel of Empire: the Romantic History of the Canadian Pacific, the Northwest Passage of Today. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, Hard Cover. 4 to., 423 pp. plus 17 colour illus., dozens of b/w photos and illus., plus 3 fold-out maps. 1st Edition (1935). Endpaper maps. Blue cloth. Moderate edgewear and rubbing; one map slightly misaligned; minor small stain on foredges; poor paper somewhat discoloured as usual; o/w VG or better. $22.00

[5288] Haresnape, Brian. British Rail Fleet Survey. 8 Diesel Multiple-Units: the First Generation . Surrey, England : Ian Allan, Tall 4 to., 80 pp. 1st Edition. 1985. Contents include: The Derby Lightweights; The first Metro-Cammells; The Modernisation Plan Designs; Parcel Cars; and, The Diesel Railbuses. Dozens of b/w photos. Glossy pictorial card covers. Stapled binding. Minor edgewear; o/w a VG+ copy. $16.50

[5293] Hart, E. J. . Selling of Canada: the CPR and the Beginnings of Canadian Tourism . Banff, Alberta: Altitude Publishing, Sq. 4 to., 180 pp. Probable 1st Edition (1983). The author describes how the CPR developed and promoted Canadian tourism in its quest for a profitable passenger line. Along the way it established not only an extensive network of rail, ship, and hotel services, but also the groundwork of our nation identity. This beautiful and informative book includes dozens of historic b/w photos as well as a couple dozen colour examples of CPR tourism posters. Glossy pictorial stiff card wraps with French flaps. Slight edgewear and rubbing; o/w a VG+ clean copy. $15.00

[4471] Hollander, Ron. All Aboard! The Story of Joshua Lionel Cowen & His Lionel Train Company . New York: Workman Publishin Co. , Tall 4 to., 253 pp. 1st Softcover Edition. 1981. The marvelous toy electric trains and the man who made them. The locomotives, the accessories, more than 80 years of the catalogs. Hundreds of illustrations, including two 16-page colour sections. This copy SIGNED by Hollander on the half-title in 1981. Glossy colour pictorial stiff card wraps. Minor edgewear; slight discolouring of pages; o/w a VG+ copy. $17.00

[4767] Lavallee, Omer. Van Horne's Road: an Illustrated Account of the Construction and First Years of Operation of the Canadian Pacific Transcontinental Railway . Toronto, Ontario: Railfair Enterprises , Hard Cover. Tall 4 to., 304 pp. 3rd printing, 1981. Over 460 photos, maps, illustrations and historic documents. Station Appendix. Illus. e.p.'s. Brown cloth. Minor edgewear; couple minor wrinkles in spine; one corner mildly bumped; small name stamp of prev. owner; o/w a VG+ copy in a G+ pictorial d.j. $20.00

[4768] Legget, Robert F.. Canadian Railways in Pictures . Van. and Tor.: Douglas & McIntyre, Abt. 8-1/2 x 11" tall, 118 pp. 1st Paperback Edition. 1984. An enjoyable group of 118 historical photos, as well as brief, knowledgeable notes, eloquently speak of the inventiveness and dedication that have characterized the development of Canadian railways. Map endpapers. Glossy, thick card wraps. Minor chipping and rubbing; o/w a VG + copy. $9.00

[5296] Lewis, Donald C. and Dorin, Patrick C. . Rail America, Volume I: Diesel Paint Schemes, Photos & Rosters for CN North America . Winfield, B.C. : LPD Publishing, 4 to. size, 160 pp. 1st Edition (1994) This excellent book for modellers and rail buffs covers the new CN North America paint work as seen in both Canada and the U.S., as well as the historical paint work seen on the CN divisions in the U.S.. Dozens of b/w photos and drawings as well as a 16-page colour section. Glossy pictorial stiff card wraps. Slight edgewear and rubbing; o/w a Near Fine copy. $30.00

[4769] Love, J.A.. Canadian National in the West--Volume One . Calgary, Alberta: British Railway Modellers of North America (Calgary Group), Oblong 8-1/2 x 11", 26 pp. (1980) Good explanatory text and many excellent early photos of the Canadian National Railway in Western Canada. Glossy, pictorial card wraps, stapled. Slight edgewear and rubbing; minor crease at bottom of spine; o/w a VG copy. $10.00

[4770] Love, J.A.. Canadian National in the West--Volume Two. Calgary, Alberta: British Railway Modellers of North America (Calgary Group), Oblong 8-1/2 x 11", 26 pp. (1981) Good explanatory text and many excellent early photos of the Canadian National Railway in Western Canada. Glossy, pictorial card wraps, stapled. Minor edgewear and rubbing; slight soiling of covers; minor stain on bottom corner of a few pages; o/w a G+ copy. $9.00

[4771] Lowe, J. Norman. Canadian National in the East--3 Volumes . Calgary, Alberta: British Railway Modellers of North America (Calgary Group), Oblong 8-1/2 x 11", 26 pages each vol. (1981, 1983, 1985). The name Canadian National Railways was first used on Dec. 20, 1918 to place the management of the Canadian Northern and the Canadian Government Railways under one name. On June 6, 1919, Canadian National was incorporated. These 3 volumes provide some early history and dozens of excellent photos of the railway over the years. Glossy pictorial card wraps, stapled. Some minor wear and soiling of covers; some paper discolouration in volume 1; o/w vol. 1 G+, vol. 2 and 3, VG or better copies. $28.00

[5291] Mika, N. H.. Farewell to Steam in Canada: Canadian Steam Locomotives in Story and Pictures . Belleville, Ontario: Mika Silk Screen Limited , Tall 4 to., 68 pp. plus 23 full-page locomotive illustrations, including 20 in colour. 1st Edition (1965). On April 25, 1960, Canadian National steam engine No. 6043 ended her regular run. This book honours this steam locomotive and many who came before. Numerous b/w drawings. Sturdy card wraps with colour locomotive on front panel. Minor edgewear; o/w a Near Fine copy of an uncommon title. $32.50

[4766] Muralt, Darryl E.. Victoria and Sidney Railway, 1892-1919 . Victoria, B.C.: Railway Historical Association , Tall 4 to., 235 pp. n.d. (1992) The story of a shortline (16 miles) railroad that had a short life, carrying people and cordwood from the Sidney Wharf to the Market Station in Victoria on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Many historic photos, maps and anecdotes. Pictorial heavy card wraps. Some minor edgewear; a gift inscription on the f.e.p.; o/w a VG+ copy. $18.00

[5294] Robinson, Charles C. And deVerter II, Paul L. . Houston North Shore Railway: Bulletin 133 of the Central Electric Railfans' Association . Chicago, Illinois: Central Electric Railfans' Association, Hard Cover. Signed by Author. Tall 4 to., 165 pp. 2000. "The Houston North Shore Railway, opened in June 1927, occupies the position of being the last new interurban railway built in the United States." The Houston North Shore story was written from the personal observations of the authors, Charles Robinson and Paul DeVerter, whor grew up in Baytown as well their interviews with long-time employees of the line. Included are 16 maps and 217 b/w and colour photos, many taken by the authors. This copy INSCRIBED by DeVerter. Colour photo endpapers. Wine cloth with Silver lettering. A Near Fine copy in a VG+ pictorial d.j. $45.00

[4823] Turner, Robert D.. West of the Great Divide: an Illustrated History of the Canadian Pacific Railway in British Columbia 1880-1986. Victoria, B.C.: Sono Nis Press, Hard Cover. Tall 4 to., 336 pp. 2nd printing. June 1987. The story of the CPR in British Columbia from the summit of the Rockies in the east to the rainforests of Vancouver Island in the west. The book contains more than 400 b/w and colour illustrations, specially-prepared maps, timetables and reproductions together with detailed text, bibliography and index. Map e.p.'s. Wine cloth. Minor edgewear; o/w a VG+ copy in a VG pictorial d.j. with some chipping and rubbing. $27.00

[4765] Turner, Robert D.. Vancouver Island Railroads . San Marino, California : Golden West Books , Hard Cover. Tall 4 to., 170 pp. 3rd printing. Nov. 1975. This book incorporates many unusual photos of the locomotives, cars, and spectacular bridges characterizing the railroads on Vancouver Island, British Columbia from the 1860's through the first decade of the 1900's. More than 250 illus., including photos, maps, drawings and timetables. Has Bibliography and Index. Green cloth. Moderate edgewear, especially at top and bottom of spine; small gift inscription; o/w a VG copy in a G+ pictorial d.j. with some chipping and short taped tears. $18.00

[4716] Wolf, Adolf Hungry. Narrow Gauge Railway Scenes . Skookumchuck, B.C.: Canadian Caboose Press , Oblong 4 to. size, 224 pp. 1st Edition. 1992. An outstanding collection of photos gathered over 30 years by the author and published here to celebrate narrow gauge railroading as it was in the United States, Canada and Central America. Artwork, maps and back cover illus. by John Coker. Stiff card pictorial wraps. Minor chipping; corners bumped; o/w a VG copy. $11.00

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