Classic Locomotives: Steam and Diesel Power in 700 Photographs

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DIVThis massive collection of 700 color photographs (comprising the previously published volumes Steam PowerVintage Diesel Power, and Modern Diesel Power) traces the development of North American locomotives from the early nineteenth century right up to the present, spanning dozens of models from the likes of Alco, Baldwin, Electro-Motive, Fairbanks-Morse, General Electric, and more. Top-notch imagery from dozens of photographers is accompanied by detailed captions from author Brian Solomon that discuss locomotive technology, the roles of specific locomotives in individual railroads, and even the locations and operations depicted in the photographs. Together, this awesome collection stretches from the Baltimore & Ohio’s diminutive Tom Thumb steam locomotive—generally considered the starting point of North American locomotive technology—right up to today’s high-horsepower “green” models from General Electric and Electro-Motive. The resulting volume, which also reflects the grand geographic and technological breadth of railroading in North America, is the ultimate gathering of great locomotive photographs for casual and hardcore railfans alike./div
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DIVBrian Solomon is the author of more than 40 books on locomotives and railroading. He splits his time between Monson, Massachusetts, and Dublin, Ireland./divwww.briansolomon.com
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Voyageur Press
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Published on
Oct 7, 2013
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Pages
560
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ISBN
9781610588683
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Language
English
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Genres
Transportation / Railroads / History
Transportation / Railroads / Pictorial
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