Tagged With "Book"

Topic

Best / Favorite Vintage Model Railroading Books Aimed at Boys

JTrains ·
Although my son is only 3, I’ve started to buy a couple of vintage books from the 1940s/1950s that were written with boys as their audience. I remember reading all of the ones I could find at our local library, and when he gets a bit older I want to have some on-hand so he can enjoy (and learn from) them as I did. Most model railroading books in print today are clearly written for adults, as it doesn’t seem like there’s a market to write new books for the adolescent. So far I’ve purchased...
Topic

DIY Advanced Model RR Signaling book

rrman ·
Just finished perusing the DIY Advanced Model Railroad Signaling Electronics book by Richard Kerr. The author's premise is "getting the computer out of the train room". HOWEVER, it is pretty sophisticated using 555 timers, diodes, capacitors, relays etc to make things work. There is nothing plug and play about this (however the two main building block boards are available for you to build. ) His circuit schematics and interconnections rivals some of the plans I have from RR signal...
Reply

Re: Best / Favorite Vintage Model Railroading Books Aimed at Boys

LIONEL6457 ·
JTrains, Here is a series of books, that to me, are timeless, http://www.newportvintagebooks...phRailroadSeries.htm It is the "Ralph" series of 10 railroad books. Follow Ralph as he makes his way through life. Needing to support his widowed mother, he gets a job working on the railroad. The books follow his life as he works hard, does right, faces danger and ........ Written in the early 20th century. Aimed at boys. The originals are available for not a lot of money. Try Addall.com or...
Reply

Re: Best / Favorite Vintage Model Railroading Books Aimed at Boys

JTrains ·
Thanks for the tip - I'll look into them for the, uh, boy.
Reply

Re: Best / Favorite Vintage Model Railroading Books Aimed at Boys

C W Burfle ·
My suggestions are out of print. But I have seen them at train shows from time to time: The Wonderful Train Ride - Its a story about two children who ride a train from New York City to Los Angeles. The story is dated, but my kids still enjoyed having it read to them. I guess you'd probably want to tell the kids that the story was about things long ago. I think you can read the story at the site I linked. And the site seems to have some other nice stuff for kids. The Big Book of Real Trains -...
Reply

Re: Best / Favorite Vintage Model Railroading Books Aimed at Boys

Steamer ·
These were some of the ones I had read to me as a child. Train Coming! was the one I had Mom read and reread to me the most. So much that when I came across a copy in an antique store a few years ago, I held it up, cover to me, and read it word for word to my wife.
Reply

Re: Best / Favorite Vintage Model Railroading Books Aimed at Boys

jim sutter ·
Re: Best / Favorite Vintage Model Railroading Books Aimed at Boys
Reply

Re: Best / Favorite Vintage Model Railroading Books Aimed at Boys

Steamer ·
got that one tootle......
Reply

Re: Best / Favorite Vintage Model Railroading Books Aimed at Boys

Train_Geek ·
The Little Train by Lois Lenski is a good one. It details all of the parts of an old steam engine and has a good story for a kid. I've got an older copy from the 40's, looks like they've remade it recently as it is on Amazon.
Reply

Re: Best / Favorite Vintage Model Railroading Books Aimed at Boys

Ace ·
Virginia Lee Burton wrote and illustrated some classic stories that are fun and educational, many of them featuring train subjects. The stories that aren't directly train related often have illustrations with trains mixed into the story. Some of the titles are: Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel, Choo Choo, Maybelle the Cable Car, Katy and the Big Plow, The Little House. Following pic is from The Little House. "Roundabout Train" is a fun kid's story. The 2-6-4 loco looks like Lionel...
Reply

Re: Best / Favorite Vintage Model Railroading Books Aimed at Boys

nickaix ·
My favorite was "Superpower: The making of a Steam Locomotive," by David Weitzman. This book is aimed at the adolescent reader. It is an account of how a steam locomotive is designed and built, told through the eyes of a young man who has just gotten his first real job, at the Lima Locomotive Works. He is a 'gofer,' and so he finds himself visiting every part of the works, just as Lima is creating the A-1, the original Berkshire and the locomotive which launched the 'superpower' philosophy.
Reply

Re: Best / Favorite Vintage Model Railroading Books Aimed at Boys

BradF ·
I second Mr. Punnymoon's Train. My parents said that multiple copies were worn out on me. I am now reading it to my two year old granddaughter. It is available on Amazon for a reasonable price. Brad
Reply

Re: Best / Favorite Vintage Model Railroading Books Aimed at Boys

JTrains ·
My sincere thanks to everyone for their train-related book suggestions! This is an interesting thread but not exactly what I thought it was going to be. My original intention was to solicit suggestions specifically on model railroading "how to"-type books that were written in days past for the boy/adolescent. Does anyone have suggestions in this area, above and beyond what I listed in my original post? My apologies for not making this clearer in my OP.
Reply

Re: Best / Favorite Vintage Model Railroading Books Aimed at Boys

Ace ·
Considering that your child is currently only 3 years old, most of us were making suggestions for train books closer to that age group. I suspect that 1940's/1950's books written for adolescents may not appeal to your son when he gets to that age - they will probably seem funky and outdated to him. Us older people appreciate those books for nostalgia.
Reply

Re: Best / Favorite Vintage Model Railroading Books Aimed at Boys

jim sutter ·
Re: Best / Favorite Vintage Model Railroading Books Aimed at Boys
Reply

Re: Best / Favorite Vintage Model Railroading Books Aimed at Boys

Cpdaly ·
My favorite book in 4th grade was the blue comet. It is fictional but it is still one of my favorite books to date.
Reply

Re: Best / Favorite Vintage Model Railroading Books Aimed at Boys

Cpdaly ·
Re: Best / Favorite Vintage Model Railroading Books Aimed at Boys
Reply

Re: Best / Favorite Vintage Model Railroading Books Aimed at Boys

RJR ·
When I was your son's age, someone gave me "Clear Track Ahead." This book, which I still have, was may favorite. After WWII, when I got more into running a railroad THe Bantam Books edition of Lionel's "Model Railroading," was my favorite. The first edition was 35 cents. When I wore that out, the 2nd edition (enlarged) was 50 cents. Someone should reissue it. I have a box of separated pages from the two editions.
Reply

Re: Best / Favorite Vintage Model Railroading Books Aimed at Boys

dorfj2 ·
Diesel-Electroc 4030 by Henry Billings Loved it as a kid --- found a copy at York a few years ago Describes running a train on the NYC Hudson Division --- Always liked Lionel New York Central F-3's as a kid and this book put me in the cab as the engineer of those diesels --- I think you'll like it Thx Joe S
Comment

Re: Angela Trotta Thomas Official first Book Signing of her book "Painting an American Icon" The Lionel Train art of Angela Trotta Thomas- 25 years!

Al K. ·
I look forward to seeing Angela and Bob in York. This is a great coffee table book for all train enthusiasts to enjoy Al K.
Reply

Re: DIY Advanced Model RR Signaling book

rtr12 ·
I am fascinated by all the electronic controls in model railroading. More fun than the trains at times, that is, if you create something that works. Probably over my head, but I added the book to my Amazon wish list. I should be getting close to having enough for free shipping making it almost time for an order.
Topic

NMRA 3 Books of Standards, late 60's ... the finest in scale protocols, esp trackwork

CaptainRix ·
Any Offers on NMRA ... 3 books from late 60's ... Standards ... anything over $20 ... + $3 media mail cover of book 1 shown, the others follow, about 1 1/4" technical details, trackwork layouts, etc ...
Reply

Re: Railroad Books are Going Up in Value. What’s up with this?

Hudson J1e ·
Well, I have never seen $50-$60 Morning Sun Books for $10. Believe me I would have bought a bunch of them. The best I ever did was get two of them (NYC) for $20 each on eBay plus shipping which wasn't a whole lot. I also paid almost double ($70) for "Rails up the Raritan" (the story of the Raritan River RR) but I had to. It's the only book on that railroad and it was long out of print. I kept hearing rumors of a 2nd printing but after a few years I gave up waiting. Unfortunately, the 2nd...
Reply

Re: Railroad Books are Going Up in Value. What’s up with this?

New Haven Joe ·
My experience is that you can't give even excellent railroad books away. The guys like me who really enjoy books already have large libraries. Many of us older folks are trying to sell off our collections. The younger folks prefer to get all of their railroad information from the internet. I have tried to sell excellent books that cost $50 to $80 new for $10 at train shows without takers. NH Joe
Topic

Railroad Books are Going Up in Value. What’s up with this?

trainroomgary ·
Railroad Books are Going Up in Value. What’s up with this? Are there any other RR books like this, that have gone up in value? See sample below. Detroit - Toledo and Ironton in Color. $174.65 Gary
Reply

Re: Railroad Books are Going Up in Value. What’s up with this?

Dieselbob ·
Asking that price and getting it are two different things. One thing IS for sure though is that railroad books tend to be very niche market items, and just like limited interest magazine, they are priced accordingly. I can get about four years of Hot Rod which has a big circulation for what a year of Trains costs me. After these books go out of print and if they are especially good, the prices go upward. Look to see what an old copy Of Sulzer's Ghost Railroads of Indiana goes for. Copies of...
Reply

Re: Railroad Books are Going Up in Value. What’s up with this?

Rich Melvin ·
I would never pay that kind of money for a railroad book. Not even a Nickel Plate book!
Reply

Re: Railroad Books are Going Up in Value. What’s up with this?

prrhorseshoecurve ·
I have some rr books that I too can't give away. yeah good luck with the $175.00 value on those!
Reply

Re: Railroad Books are Going Up in Value. What’s up with this?

suzukovich ·
Gary, maybe the just saw you coming.. On the serious side. I think it depends on where your looking.
Reply

Re: Railroad Books are Going Up in Value. What’s up with this?

DohertyNJ ·
I have the Trail of the Blue Comet. The book is worth every penny.
Reply

Re: Railroad Books are Going Up in Value. What’s up with this?

Big Jim ·
This is the same as what you see on places like Ebay. Do a search for a certain train car and you will find a whole range of prices. Doing a search for a certain book, you can come up a number of book sellers all with a range of prices from very reasonable to stratospheric. Use different sources such as Amazon , Abebooks or Alibris and you can more often than not find what you are looking for at a price you can afford. Book condition will be a factor in price as will how rare the book might...
Reply

Re: Railroad Books are Going Up in Value. What’s up with this?

NJCJOE ·
Some railroad books become very popular and the prices soar, others you can't give away. Here are a few of the more expensive books. The Shay Locomotive: Titan of the Timber: This book is typically for sale any where from $250. to $800. The Trail of the Blue Comet: This one usually runs between $100. and $200. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Railroad Lighting: There were two volumes of this book, one on lanterns and one on lamps.The typically run over $100. a piece.
Reply

Re: Railroad Books are Going Up in Value. What’s up with this?

Farmer_Bill ·
Not just prototypes. Check the current prices for John Allen Gorre&Daphetid, or Lionel Display Layouts books.
Reply

Re: Railroad Books are Going Up in Value. What’s up with this?

Dominic Mazoch ·
Can I say "Bubble"?
Reply

Re: Railroad Books are Going Up in Value. What’s up with this?

Norm Charbonneau ·
Try your local library using I.L.L. or MelCAT (for participating MI libraries). Here's a link showing that 4 libraries in MI have this title: http://search.mel.org/iii/enco...suite=gold#locations
Reply

Re: Railroad Books are Going Up in Value. What’s up with this?

S1000RRracer ·
It's not just railroad books. Almost any out of print book on Amazon gets a crazy price tag.
Reply

Re: Railroad Books are Going Up in Value. What’s up with this?

DennyM ·
The books cost as much as some engines. I'll stick with the engines.
Reply

Re: Railroad Books are Going Up in Value. What’s up with this?

hibar ·
The Michael Koch Shay book was in the 250+ range several decades back as I recall.
Reply

Re: Railroad Books are Going Up in Value. What’s up with this?

Jim Berger ·
whoever prices a morning sun book at$174 is in la-la-land.....i have about 40 and never paid more than $30 for most of them. just got one of the new conrail and N.S. heritage units books on ebay for $25 each/free shipping... also the ac&y book when it came out...$51 shipped
Reply

Re: Railroad Books are Going Up in Value. What’s up with this?

mark s ·
I buy books in which I have interest, when announced. RR books are short print runs (5-10,000?) and once they are gone, they might be hard to obtain in the future. The $174 for a DT&I book is Amazon hype. Amazon's first price is reasonable, the next quotes are from LaLa Land.
Reply

Re: Railroad Books are Going Up in Value. What’s up with this?

trainroomgary ·
http://morningsunbooks.com/collections/the-midwest I am not going to pay the big bucks, I did go to my Public Library, the Branch Manager is also a model railroader, HO Scale. He did find a digital copy but not a hard copy, searching all Michigan's Public Libraries. He is going to search all the Univeristy Libraries and get back to me. Questions 1. - Where could I take this Digital /ebook to get printed? 2. - Has anyone done this and what company did you use? Thanks for everyones ...
Reply

Re: Railroad Books are Going Up in Value. What’s up with this?

Roo ·
I just bought six books. Four Morning Sun (Steel Railroads) at $60 each plus freight and Aust dollar exchange won't tell you the final cost you would be horrified. Also bought South Buffalo Railroad (great story some good photos) really interesting, liked that book, and The Railroad Switching Terminal at Maybrook New York that wasn't what I thought it was but interesting for me learn a bit more about American railroads. I won't buy Digital books I hate them rather have the book in my hands...
Reply

Re: Railroad Books are Going Up in Value. What’s up with this?

MNCW ·
There are a few excellent books which are actually worth a higher price, at least to some of us. A friend on the Forum (Bob/CNJ 3676) recommended Pemperton and Hightstown: A Chronicle of Railroading through the Farm Belt of New Jersey by John Brinkmann. I never even heard of it until he recommended it. I paid $150 for an autographed edition. I wouldn't trade it for $2000. It is now my favorite railroad book (out of many that I have) which led me to write an article for the PRRT&HS. Also,...
Reply

Re: Railroad Books are Going Up in Value. What’s up with this?

mark s ·
seems I paid $125 for "Waycars of the CB&Q" and like $135 for "Steam Locomotives of the Great Northern Ry". Worth every penny in both cases. Beat going to the gambling boat and blowing it !!
Reply

Re: Railroad Books are Going Up in Value. What’s up with this?

Rusty Traque ·
Wow. I paid the princely sum of $9.95 for "Waycars" when it first came out. Got my "Steam Locomotives of the Burlington Route" as a Christmas present from my parents a loooooooooong time ago. I remember paying $50.00 for the reprint of "Iron Horses of the Santa Fe Trail" when it came out. Coulda bought an AHM HO Big Boy instead... Glad I didn't. It seems we've entered the age where many poo-poo books because of their cost and the hallowed internet. Well, The books I own have enhanced the...
Reply

Re: Railroad Books are Going Up in Value. What’s up with this?

CVP ·
South Buffalo Book is great ! I purchased it the year it came out for my Father in Law who worked on the SB since 1956. He loved it ! Sad news is he is getting Alzheimer's. But he reminisces of his days work on the Erie too where he started at 17 as a fireman. HAppy Fathers to all you Dads out there.
Reply

Re: Railroad Books are Going Up in Value. What’s up with this?

Hudson J1e ·
To be honest I don't know if I would pay more than a $100 for any railroad book but if it was that rare and a really good book and I really, really wanted it I might.
Reply

Re: Railroad Books are Going Up in Value. What’s up with this?

Hudson J1e ·
I got one other story. As I mentioned before my LHS takes in estate sales and consignments so I never know what they are going to have. One time I went there and had a book by David Doyle called Lionel Train Sets 1945-1969. I was interested in this because I have what I believe are two or three sets from this era. The book was in very good condition and the price was $29.95. So I took it up to the register and the owner said that the book was a consignment sale. She said she had to look up...
OGR Publishing, Inc., 1310 Eastside Centre Ct, Suite 6, Mountain Home, AR 72653
330-757-3020

www.ogaugerr.com
×
×
×
×
×