Foreword -- The growth of an industry -- Gauge and scale -- Power and trackwork -- Gauges and scales (Table) -- Narrow gauges (Table) -- Interchange, couplers and wheels -- Some vital measurements -- Control and planning -- Passenger and freight units -- Model classification -- Bibliography -- Illustrations.
Model train enthusiasts will find this book of full color illustrations and pictures as a true calling to join the model train world. Those already committed to this enjoyable calling may find ways to further enhance their layouts. All of the scales, varieties, tricks of the trade, etc. are included in these discussions.
"Thousands of wooden bridges, the great majority of them covered, were built in the Middle West during the last century, and close to 400 of these survive today. This is an informal and non-technical account of bridges in Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin, Kansas, and Minnesota, with emphasis on the types of structures, their builders, and the wonderful stories that have become associated with them over a period of 150 years."--Front flap.
The innocent years -- The diesel fad -- Hidden beauty -- Engine photographs -- Main trains and troop sleepers -- Smoky citadels -- Curtis Hill, courtesy Preston George -- Rarely seen eastern scenes -- Because they were there : mountain climbers in steam and soul -- Zip, zip, went the C. & E.I. Zipper -- The Old Reliable and friends -- Canada's own, a perfectionist with the Flying Wedge -- Gems of the Southwest -- What's new on the Southern Pacific? -- Over and under at Hannibal, Missouri -- Southern hospitality, or "keep off the right of way" -- Summer idyll at Mendota, Illinois -- Little friends in the backwoods -- East of West-by-"gawd" Virginia -- Everyone had a favorite -- Order on the fly -- A railroad fair, would you believe it? -- Dawn to dusk at Attica Junction -- Reprieve in Mexico -- With no apologies -- The last chance.
"By the end of the 1950s mot steam railroading in America seemed to be over, but in a few places in the country steam still ran, and in the files of known and unknown photographers were unpublihsed view of the glorious steam locomotive. Richard Kindig in the Rockies, Preston George on Curtis Hill, H. Reid and August A. Thieme Jr., in the tidewater, Robert Collins in the East and many others followed and photographed the beloved mathinces, until those too were gone. But the great Search for Steam had uncovered novel views of the old and familiar, as well as scenes that have long been overlooked." --From inside of book jacket