Engines & Railroads
beginning of railroading in the steam era, signals have always
been a vital part of the industry. Everyone who has ever operated
or ridden in a train has depended on railroad signals to prevent
collisions and mishaps. This book examines how different railroads
developed specific hardware to serve their unique needs, in
the process tracing the lineage of various types of hardware
and highlighting when, how, and where they were used. From nineteenth-century
mechanical signals to disc signals, upper- and lower-quadrant
semaphores, three-light electric signals, searchlight-style
targets, positional lights, and color-position light hardware,
the author covers nearly every conceivable piece of North American
signaling hardware. Illustrated with gorgeous period and contemporary
photographs this is a fine addition to any railroad enthusiast's
pages, Hardcover, Color and B&W Images, 8.5" x 11",
Order Number: VAP-SO-RRSIGNAL
Barry David provides an enormous amount of information in The
Antique American Steam Gauge that helps the collector learn
about his gauge: when it was made, what job it was designed
to do, how it did this job, who made it, and for what company
it was made. If you are a collector, or a student of technological
history, you will find this book to be an invaluable addition
to your library.
pages, Paperback, B&W, 8.5" x 11", ©
Order Number: AP138............$35.00
first time, a book has been written
that explains all the tools and techniques necessary for successfully
building models with brass. Readers are exposed to every technique
for cutting, forming, fabricating, soldering, and final finishing
of commercially available brass stock in Model
Building with Brass.
pages, 327 Color Photos, Hardcover, Full Color, 8.5" x
11", © 2016
Order Number: VAP934.........$34.99
Engine's Moan by Ed Fagen, one of the nation’s foremost authorities
on steam whistles, has provided a broadly researched, eloquently
written and marvelously witty book, the first and only one on
the subject. A joy to read, this book is a true “must have” for
the railfan, collector, curator, historian of science, industrial
pages, Paperback, B&W, 8.5" x 11", © 2002
Order Number: AP014..........
History of the First Locomotives in America by William H.
Brown provides a rare, insightful look at life for those who witnessed
the advent of the steam locomotive. Originally published in 1874,
it was written from the perspective of those who lived during
the development of this “great mechanical blessing” and evokes
the spirit of the 19th century as seldom experienced in other
pages, Paperback, B&W, 6" x 9", © 2003
Order Number: AP12X............
Journey into Florida Railroad History, a little-known yet
fascinating chapter of Florida history. It is safe to say that
without railroads, Florida wouldn't be what it is today. Railroads
connected the state's important cities and towns, conquered the
peninsula's vast and seemingly impenetrable interior, ushered
in untold numbers of settlers and tourists, and conveyed to market--faster
than any previous means of transportation--the myriad products
of Florida's mines, forests, factories, farms, and groves.
6" x 9", 304 pages, paperback.
Order Number: GOV591
Train to Paradise is acclaimed novelist Les Standifords
fast-paced and gripping true account of the extraordinary construction
and spectacular demise of the Key West Railroadone of the
greatest engineering feats ever undertaken, destroyed in one fell
swoop by the Labor Day hurricane of 1935. Brilliant and driven
entrepreneur Henry Flaglers dream fulfilled, the Key West
Railroad stood as a magnificent achievement for more than twenty-two
years, heralded as the Eighth Wonder of the World.
pages, Paperback, B&W, 5" x 8", © 2003
Steam Engine Builders is the companion volume to Ken Cope’s
previous works on machine tools, carriage making machinery and
cooperage machinery. The nearly 1000 illustrations show the development
of the steam engine from 1800 to 1900 in a great variety of sizes,
styles, and designs.
pages, Paperback, B&W, 8.5" x 11"
Order Number: AP227...........$29.95