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  1. Guide to North American Steam Locomotives
    Guide to North American Steam Locomotives
    Guide to North American Steam Locomotives
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  2. Guide to North American Steam Locomotives

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    Price R830.00

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This book has the fascinating history and development of steam locomotives in North American. Tells the stories behind the locomotives, includes rosters, and explains wheel arrangements, streamlining, and more with photos, summaries, and specifications for hundreds of locomotives.

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Kalmbach Publishing Company
Kalmbach Publishing Company
Kalmbach Publishing Company
Kalmbach Publishing Company
Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Like the companion Historical Guide to North American Railroads, the larger page size compared to the 8 x 5-1/2 original makes the book more usable if less pocketable. More significant is the rearrangement of material. Previously the entire book was one A-Z directory that encompassed all topics. Now there is a separate chapter on the workings of a steam locomotive, incorporating entries on such things as valve gear, fuel, superheating and tenders, another on locomotive types and wheel arrangements, and yet another on locomotive builders, each bringing together entries that had been scattered in the previous edition. There is also a chapter on the U.S. Railroad Administration and its standard-type locomotives. That leaves the A-Z portion to cover solely the many railroads of all eras, and here the larger page size makes the lists of locomotives for each road much easier to read and to use. My complaint is that many of the photos are still too small, and there is almost no mention... Read more
I used to get this book when I was in my pre-teen years and I still remember all the steam locomotives in this book, even though it covers North American steam engines built after 1900. This book is kind of detailed in covering rosters of steam locomotives built for North American railways, and also the steam locomotive wheel arrangements used on the continent during the 20th century. If anyone reads this book, it will give an idea of the role that steam locomotives played in renewing the industrial prowess of the United States and also the lingering romanticism surrounding those wonderful railroading machines.
This book is an amazing compilation of research on the locomotive rosters of more than two dozen railroad companies and several locomotive manufacturer. Need to know how many of what type and class of engine someone had? No problem, they are given in an exhaustive list of everything built and running after 1900! But in addition to that, the book also goes into a great description of individual steam locomotive technologies, such as how to understand the Whyte classification system, three-cylinder locomotives, automatic stokers, coal and other fuels, steam superheating, valve gear, and much, much more!

Beautiful black and white photos accompany each article, and in some of the technology sections, you'll also get superb line drawing diagrams.

So if you're a railfan, this book is for you, or if you are buying for a steam buff and historian, this an ideal gift.
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