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8541 . [Baltimore and Ohio Railroad]. Glimpses from the Observation End: New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, Pittsburgh [cover title] .
Click for larger image[Baltimore]: [Mt. Clare Press], 1913. Sixteenmo, Wrappers , Black & White photographs , 40 pages. Condition: Good.
     Interesting souvenir booklet from the B&O Railroad's "New York-Chicago Limited" route dated 1913. Narrative and photographs depict points of interest along the route as "viewed from the observation cars." Small photographs on every page. Bound in tan paper covers printed in green and gold, stapled binding. Some mild exterior soil. The sheet comprising the centerfold has minor reinforcement with archival tissue at the staples. The two leaves of the centerfold have edge chips not affecting text or photographs.  

Book #8541
$20.00    order or inquire Railway Lines B&O Railroad Harper'S Ferry Photographs Mt. Clare Press Pittsburg Railroads Railroad History Publications

9527 . Board of Engineers for Rivers and Harbors, War Department. Port and Terminal Facilities at the Port of Baltimore, MD. 1941 .
Click for larger imageWashington: United States Government Printing Office, 1941; First printing. Octavo, Wrappers , black and white photographs, fold-out maps , viii, 150 pages. Condition: Very Good.
     Detailed information on the Port of Baltimore published just before the U.S. entered World War II. Information on tide effects, anchorages, bridges, fuel supplies, oil and coal bunkering, piers and wharves, grain elevators, bulk freight storage, and more. Among the photographs are an aerial view of Baltimore Harbor, the B&O Railroad coal pier at Curtis Bay, the Pennsylvania Railroad piers in Canton, B&O terminals at Locust Point, and much more. There are four large fold-out maps giving detailed depictions of port facilities as of September, 1941. This report, No. 1403, was originally marked "Confidential" but is stamped and initialed on front cover with a change to "Unclassified" in June, 1945. Bound in light blue paper covers over a stapled binding. There are remnants of a pink perforated sheet (probably a transmittal) removed at inside front cover. Minor edge wear to covers. Binding sound.  

Book #9527
$125.00    order or inquire WW2 World War II classified reports port of baltimore Reconnaissance Corps Of Engineers US Army baltimore and ohio railroad sparrows point

2714 . Brann, Esther. A Quebec Sketch Book .
Quebec: Chateau Frontenac, 1926; First printing. Octavo, Hardcover , Color plates , 32 pages. Condition: Very good. No dust jacket.
     Narrative tour of Quebec, nicely illustrated with watercolor scenes by the author. Includes history and sights. Copyrighted by the Canadian Pacific Railway. Pictorial paper over boards backed with green cloth. Some light spotting and mild staining to exterior. Binding solid.  

Book #2714
$22.00    order or inquire CANADIANA Quebec France FREnch Montcalm Huron Railroads Wolfe

3414 . [Cassatt, Alexander J. and the Executive Committee]. Minutes of the Intercontinental Railway Commission (Actas de la Comisión del Ferrocarril Intercontinental) .
Click for larger imageWashington: [Government Printing Office], 1891; First printing. Folio, Full cloth , Color fold-out map , 132 pages. Condition: Near Fine.
     Minutes of the first 19 meetings of this railroad consortium which hoped to build a railway from the U.S. to South America. The president of the commission was A. J. Cassatt, brother of the painter Mary Cassatt. The text is in both English and Spanish, with the translations running side by side in two columns on each page. Though the railway was never built there were numerous route surveys and other work done. A valuable record of the beginning stages of this extremely ambitious project. They dreamed big. Bound in dark maroon cloth over boards with gilt stamped lettering to upper board. Map at rear showing the projected route of the railway is bright and crisp. A list of delegates, list of committees, and full index are also included. Mild extremity rubs to binding, with a few ripples to cloth on boards. Clean and bright over all.  

Book #3414
$75.00    order or inquire RR HISTORY Railroads Railway Lines Cassatt Mexico South America Latin America Peru Panama

11196 . Cox, Harold E[ugene]. The Birney Car [cover title] .
Click for larger image(Forty Fort, PA): Self published, (1966). Quarto, Comb binding , black and white photographs , 120 pages. Condition: Good.
     Detailed study of this single-operator, single-truck, lightweight safety-equipped streetcar. Includes tables of information on individual cars from across the country, including information on operating companies, gauge of the company, builders, specifications, date of completion, ultimate disposition, and much more. Tables are arranged by state. Bound in pictorial card covers with a comb binding. Two holes at top and bottom of spine have been punched through the entire book, as for placing the book into a binder. The impact to the content inside is very minimal, as the holes fall mostly within the inner margins of the pages. Otherwise just a few extremity rubs to exterior.  

Book #11196
$50.00    order or inquire Streetcars and Trolleys public transportation Railroads Electric Railway Urban Transit Birney safety cars Tracks rails Cities

11265 . Dodge, Grenville M[ellin]. (1831-1916). Personal Recollections of Lincoln .
Click for larger imageCouncil Bluffs: Monarch Printing Company, 1911; First printing. Octavo, Wrappers , 38 pages. Condition: Near Fine.
     Major-General Dodge's address before the YMCA of Council Bluffs, Iowa on February 12, 1911. Dodge was a railroad surveyor in the 1850s and here recalls Lincoln's visit to Council Bluffs in August, 1859, his inauguration in 1861, the establishment of the Union Pacific Railroad terminus at Omaha, Dodge's associations with Lincoln during the Civil War, and his recollections as commander of the Department of Missouri. MONAGHAN #1980. Bound in light gray printed paper covers with stapled binding. Some light rubs at spine ends.  

Book #11265
$50.00    order or inquire US Presidents Abraham Lincoln Railroads transcontinental Railroad Union Pacific Anecdotes western Iowa Nebraska

6775 . Dorin, Patrick C. The Milwaukee Road East: America's Resourceful Railroad .
(Seattle): Superior Publishing Company, (1978); First printing. Quarto, Hardcover , Black & White photographs, maps , 175 pages. Condition: Near Fine. No dust jacket.
     Focuses on the trains, traffic, and passenger travel on Milwaukee's lines east of Harlowton, Montana from the 1920s through the mid 1970s. Well illustrated with historic photographs of the trains and cars. Separate chapters on passenger, mail, and gas-electric trains, as well as logging, commuter fleets, coal and ore, and way freight trains. Red paper over boards with gilt spine lettering. Light rubs at spine ends.  

Book #6775
$50.00    order or inquire Railway Lines Railroads Amtrak Milwaukee Road Trains Locomotives Pioneer Limited Rail cars passenger trains

10879 . Harwood, Herbert H., Jr. Impossible Challenge: The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad in Maryland .
Click for larger imageBaltimore: Barnard, Roberts and Company, Inc., 1979; First printing. Octavo, Full cloth , black and white photographs , [viii], 497 pages. Condition: Very Good in a Very Good Dust Jacket. Jacket in Mylar protector.
     The first complete operational and engineering history of the B&O Railroad from Baltimore to Washington and Harpers Ferry, from 1828 to 1979. Harwood's excellent scholarship and talented writing make sense of 150 years of the often entangled history of probably the most colorful section of railroad in the country. Well illustrated with historic photographs, many not previously published. Fully indexed with bibliography and appendices. Bound in dark blue cloth over boards with gilt-stamped spine and upper board, endpaper maps. Shallow bumps and light wear to extremities, browning to textblock edges. Jacket shows a few edge wrinkles and rubs.  

Book #10879
$75.00    order or inquire Maryland Railroads baltimore & Ohio B&O Railroad John Work Garrett Engineering Harper'S Ferry Trains Locomotives

6548 . Jeffers, Jack. Appalachian Byways [A Photographic Documentary- ] .
[Bassett, VA]: Published By the Author, (1984); First printing. Quarto, Wrappers , Black & White photographs , 84 pages (incl. covers). Condition: Good.
     Brief narratives accompanied by lovely black and white photographs of Virginia's Little Switzerland, Mountain Folk, Mennonites and Amish, old country water mills, the old steam logging railroad at Cass, WV, and various other rural scenes. Many portraits. One of 5,000 copies in this "Collector's Edition." A few wrinkles and creases along spine, light surface abrasions. Binding sound.  

Book #6548
$25.00    order or inquire Virginia West Virginia Photography Limited Edition Amish and Mennonites Steam locomotives logging railroads Photographs Rural

9769 . MacLeod, William. Harper's New York and Erie Rail-Road Guide Book: Containing a Description of the Scenery, Rivers, Towns, Villages, and Most Important Works on the Road .
Click for larger imageNew York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1855-6. Sixteenmo, Original cloth , black & white engraved cuts, plates, fold-out ma , viii, [9]-188 pages. Condition: Very good, ex library.
     Handsome traveller's guidebook well-illustrated with 136 engravings by Lossing and Barritt. This is the 8th edition revised, enlarged, and corrected to 1856. Fold-out map at frontispiece is in excellent condition with only a few faint spots of foxing, a couple of mis-folds, but no tears whatsoever. This map is followed an engraved title page (likely done for the original 1851 edition) preceding the typeset title page. Wonderful engraved cuts throughout. Concludes with tables of distances, grades, and routes. Bound in original brown textured cloth over boards with spine titled in gilt. Some fading to binding, minor edge wear, shallow fraying at spine ends. Occasional light foxing inside, hinges remain sound. This copy is from a private institutional library and bears their catalogue number in white at heel of spine and their small circular stamp at bottom fore corner of front free endpaper.  

Book #9769
$300.00    order or inquire Railway Lines Trains Pennsylvania New York and Erie Railroad Locomotives benson lossing Travel Guides Maps Railroads

11056 . Merriken, John E. Annapolis and Elk Ridge [pages 16-25, 61 of The Bulletin, Volume 38, Number 6 - 1973] .
Click for larger image[Philadelphia]: [National Railway Historical Society], 1973. Octavo, Wrappers , black and white photographs, illus. , 63 pages. Condition: Fine.
     Complete, original issue of this magazine of the National Railway Historical Society. Among the articles in this issue is John E. Merriken's history of the Annapolis & Elk Ridge Railroad. It was the A&ER Railroad that played a key role in the Civil War by delivering the first Union soldiers to the defense of Washington in April, 1861. The article includes several interesting illustrations. Magazine is staple-bound and shows no significant wear.  

Book #11056
$50.00    order or inquire RR History elkridge Civil War Anne Arundel County annapolis junction Annapolis Benjamin Butler washington, dc 7th New York

6495 . Oliver, Smith Hempstone. The First Quarter-Century of Steam Locomotives in North America: Remaining Relics and Operable Replicas with a Catalog of Locomotive Models in the U.S. National Museum (United States National Museum Bulletin 210) .
Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution, 1956. Octavo, Wrappers , Black & White photographs, illustrations , 112 pages. Condition: Very Good.
     Well researched and nicely illustrated. Includes a brief bibliography as well as a supplement on locomotive models in the Smithsonian. Printed wraps. Light browning along spine, some mild foxing to frontispiece.  

Book #6495
$15.00    order or inquire Steam Locomotives Trains Steam Engines Railway Lines Foundries Railroads

1817 . [Pennsylvania Railroad Company]. Brake and Train Air Signal Instructions (No. 99-B-1) .
Altoona: , 1928. Duodecimo, Wrappers , mechanical drawings , 64 pages. Condition: Good +.
     The operation and maintenance of brake and train signal equipment on locomotives and cars of the Pennsylvania Railroad. Eleven long fold-out drawings of the equipment and systems. The book deals with the Automatic Air Brake, the Automatic Quick Action Brake, the High Speed Brake, the Universal (UC) Valve, the No. 6 ET Equipment, the Independent or Straight Air Brake, the Train Air Signal, and other air operated devices in use at the time. Tan card covers with black printed front cover lettering. Stapled binding with reinforcing cloth strip down spine. Rubbing, some creasing, and some soil to covers. This manual superseeded the No. 99-A-series, originally issued in 1911.  

Book #1817
$19.00    order or inquire RR EQUIPMENT Trains Mechanical Westinghouse Air brakes Signals Locomotives Railroads Railways

1814 . [Pennsylvania Railroad Company]. The Air Brake and Train Air Signal (instructions) .
Altoona: , 1901. Sixteenmo, Wrappers , mechanical drawings , 42 pages. Condition: Fine.
     For employees of Philadelphia, Wilmington & Baltimore R.R., Northern Central RY., and West Jersey & Seashore R.R. These instructions referred to the operation and maintenance of the Automatic Quick Acting Air Brake, the old Automatic Air Brake, and the Train Air Signal. Several drawings of the mechanisms involved. Dark salmon colored card covers with black lettering on front cover. Some darkening to covers with a few minor ink smudges inside, otherwise straight and sound. Stapled binding with spine reinforced with cloth from the inside. Minor rubbing to covers along spine.  

Book #1814
$22.00    order or inquire RR EQUIPMENT Railroads Locomotives Engines Air Brakes Mechanics Westinghouse Manuals

11106 . Starr, John W[illiam]., Jr. Lincoln and the Railroads: A Biographical Study .
Click for larger imageNew York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1927; First printing. Octavo, Original cloth , black and white photographs, maps, facsimiles , xvi, 325 pages. Condition: Fine. No dust jacket.
     The curious parallels of Lincoln's life with the development of railroads in America. Provides information on many important incidents, including Lincoln's work as attorney for the Illinois Central Railroad, the Rock Island Bridge case, the impact of railroads in the Lincoln-Douglas Debates, the journey to Washington in 1861, travels during Lincoln's presidency, and the funeral train back to Springfield. Includes a good bibliography. MONAGHAN #2973Bound in dark blue cloth over boards with gilt-stamped spine and upper board. Minor extremity wear, otherwise clean and sound.  

Book #11106
$75.00    order or inquire US Presidents Abraham Lincoln Railroads Civil War Locomotives Trains Transportation Illinois Central Railroad

1600 . Tupper, Harmon. To the Great Ocean: Siberia and the Trans-Siberian Railway .
Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1965; First printing. Octavo, Full cloth , b&w photographs, maps , xv, 536 pages. Condition: Fine in a Slightly Worn Dust Jacket. Jacket in Mylar protector.
     A colorful tapestry of pioneers, convicts, exiles, gold miners, half-savage natives and awesome natural forces. This story is roughly the Slavic equivalent of the taming of the American frontier. Jacket has rubbed wrinkles and mild chips at corners. Many interesting photographs, extensive bibliography. Crisp copy.  

Book #1600
$12.00    order or inquire RR HISTORY USSR Russia Railroads Locomotive Tsars Siberia Frontier Soviet Union

8747 . Wurm, Theodore G. and Alvin C. Graves. The Crookedest Railroad in the World: A history of the Mt. Tamalpais and Muir Woods Railroad of California .
Click for larger imageFresno: Academy Library Guild, 1954; First printing. Octavo, Full cloth , black & white photographs, drawings , 121 pages. Condition: Near Fine. No dust jacket.
     Well illustrated narrative of the scenic railroad that ran between Mill Valley and the summit of Mt. Tamalpais for 34 years. Scale drawings of some rolling stock, including Shay locomotive No. 8, a gravity car, and two passenger coaches. Good bibliography. Bound in dark brown cloth over boards with spine lettered in gilt, endpaper maps. A few minor extremity rubs, prior owner bookplate on front pastedown, small bookseller label at lower fore corner of blank page at rear.  

Book #8747
$25.00    order or inquire Railway Lines Railroads San Francisco Mill Valley Muir Woods Tamalpais Tavern Bolinas California Shay locomotives

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