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The Modern Service of Commercial and Railway Telegraphy, in Theory and Practice, Including the Railway Station and Express Service, Arranged in Questions and Answers
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The Modern Service of Commercial and Railway Telegraphy, in Theory and Practice, Including the Railway Station and Express Service, Arranged in Questions and Answers

By ABERNETHY, J.P. (compiler)

Cleveland: J.P. Abernethy, 1887. Hardcover. Small 8vo. Blind-embossed brown cloth with gilt lettering and pictorial stamping. 423pp, (1p), iv. Frontispiece, illustrations. Very good. Mild edgewear; 1890 ownership signature on inner flyleaf. "Sixth Edition, Revised and Enlarged" of this in-depth telegraphy DIY manual. Clearly the 1890 owner was an aspiring telegraph operator, for he places miniscule pencilled checkmarks alongside lists of abbreviations and, on pages 284-87, he pencils and inks in the many blanks on the sample "Forms of Train Orders," etc. Quite interesting.

$75.00

Milwaukee Road Remembered: A fresh look at an unusual railroad

By SCRIBBINS, Jim

Waukesha, WI: Kalmbach Books, 1990. Hardcover. Wide 8vo. Tan cloth with black lettering. 167pp. Frontispiece, numerous illustrations, pictorial endpapers. Near fine. Circular blind-embossed ownership imprint on inner flyleaf. A tight, attractive first edition of this well-illustrated history, signed boldly on the title in black fineline by Scribbins, who dates it "3.27.90."

$35.00

Highball: A Pageant of Trains

By BEEBE, Lucius

New York: Bonanza Books, 1945. Hardcover. 4to. Salmon and black cloth, pictorial dust jacket. xiii, 223pp, (1p). Frontispiece, numerous illustrations. Very good/very good. Mild jacket edgewear, with small chip at head and tail of spine. Tight, quite nice reprint edition of this broad and well-illustrated survey. Interestingly, tipped to front flyleaf is a 4" X 7" "Illinois Central Railroad Register Ticket" from 1961, while front pastedown, rear pastedown and rear flyleaf each bear a 3½" X 2¼" heavy stock membership pass for Arnold Gates (1914-93, noted Lincoln and Civil War scholar) for Rutger University Library's "American History Workshop" (2nd Annual, 3rd Annual and 4th Annual).

$35.00

Trolley Car Treasury: A Century of American Streetcars -- Horsecars, Cable Cars, Interurbans, and Trolleys

By ROWSOME, Frank, Jr.

New York: Bonanza Books, n.y.. Hardcover. Small 4to. Yellow and salmon cloth, pictorial dust jacket. 200pp. Extensive illustrations. Near fine/very good. Jacket edgeworn and a tad rubbed, with tiny edge chips. A tight and nice reprint edition of this popular 1956 McGraw-Hill production, which the jacket front cover boasts bears "Over 300 Nostalgic Photographs & Over, 60,000 Words of Authoritative Text."

$25.00

Trains in Transition

By BEEBE, Lucius

New York: Bonanza Books, n.y.. Hardcover. 4to. Light brown cloth with brown spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. xiii, 210pp. Frontispiece, numerous illustrations. Near fine/very good. Faint jacket edgewear and touch of rubbing. A tight and quite attractive reprint edition of this 1941 D. Appleton-Century Company survey by the ever-popular and prolific Beebe.

$25.00

The Milwaukee Road East: America's Resourceful Railroad

By DORIN, Patrick C.

Seattle: Superior Publishing Company, 1978. Hardcover. Small 4to. Textured red paper over boards with gilt spine lettering. 175pp. Frontispiece, maps, extensive illustrations. Very good. Bit of edgewear, mainly at head and tail of spine; ownership name/address inked on front pastedown. A tight and nice first edition of this superbly-illustrated study.

$25.00

Milwaukee Road Steam Power
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Milwaukee Road Steam Power

By TIGGES, John

Polo, IL: Transportation Trails, 1994. Hardcover. 4to. Full brown leatherette with gilt lettering, border and decorations, pictorial dust jacket. 208pp. Extensive illustrations, figures. Fine/near fine. A superbly tight and handsome first edition of this well-illustrated study, handsomely inscribed and signed on the front flyleaf in black ballpoint by the prolific writer and railroad specialist (1932-2008): "For a retired Jim, / now you can read. / Enjoy / John Tigges / 22 November '94."

$100.00

Abraham Lincoln and the Illinois Central Railroad: Main Line of Mid-America -- Its Organization, Financing, and Subsequent Simplification of Debt and Capital Structure Through May 1955
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Abraham Lincoln and the Illinois Central Railroad: Main Line of Mid-America -- Its Organization, Financing, and Subsequent Simplification of Debt and Capital Structure Through May 1955

By SUNDERLAND, Edwin S.S.

New York: Privately Printed, 1955. Hardcover. Small 4to. Green pictorial cloth with gilt spine lettering. 117pp. Line drawings, map endpapers. Near fine. Superbly tight and attractive first edition. Fairly uncommon.

$75.00

My Life on the Chicago Great Western Railroad

By LINSEY, Bill

N.p.: N.p., n.y.. Paperback. 4to. Stiff clear (front) and black (rear) wrappers, spiralbound. 17pp (rectos only), (32pp, rectos only). Numerous illustrations (some color). Fine. Surely the sole edition of this homespun, bibliographically cryptic production likely locally produced in Galena, Illinois for friends and family. Informal thoughts about this long-time railroad man's career on the rails, with illustrations highlighting speaking appearances, donations to area railroad museums, etc. Undated, but apparently 2010. For the Chicago Great Western Railroad collector who has everything!

$20.00

Annual Report of the President and Directors, to the Stockholders of the Chicago & Rock Island Railroad Co. at the Annual Meeting at Chicago, Dec. 18, 1854, Together with the Reports of the Treasurer and Chief Engineer
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Annual Report of the President and Directors, to the Stockholders of the Chicago & Rock Island Railroad Co. at the Annual Meeting at Chicago, Dec. 18, 1854, Together with the Reports of the Treasurer and Chief Engineer

By (CHICAGO & ROCK ISLAND RAILROAD COMPANY)

New York: Wm. C. Bryant & Co, 1855. Paperback. Small 4to. Printed wrappers. 23pp, (1p). Very good. Outer wrappers (only) lightly soiled; single vertical fold. A tight and nice first edition of this early report of the then-several year old firm, with reports from president Henry Farnum, treasurer A.C. Flagg and chief engineer William Jervis. Uncommon.

$75.00

Yonder Comes the Train

By PHILLIPS, Lance

New York: A.S. Barnes and Company, 1965. Hardcover. Folio. Green cloth with black spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. 395pp. Extensive illustrations. Very good/very good. Mild jacket edgewear, with several tiny edge chips. Tight, handsome early printing with nonauthorial gift inscription on front flyleaf dated 1973. Subtitled on jacket "The Story of the Iron Horse and Some of the Roads It Travelled."

$30.00

British Railways

By ELTON, Arthur

London: Collins, 1947. Hardcover. 8vo. Green pictorial paper over boards, pictorial dust jacket. 48pp. Numerous illustrations (some color). Very good/very good. Mild jacket edgewear; faint offsetting to endpapers. A lovely and tight volume from the "Britain in Pictures" series edited by W.J. Turner -- revised second printing of this 1945 survey.

$20.00

A Locomotive Engineer's Album: The Saga of Steam Engines in America

By ABDILL, George B.

New York: Bonanza Books, 1965. Hardcover. Small 4to. Orange cloth, pictorial dust jacket. 190pp. Extensive illustrations. Near fine/near fine. A wonderfully bright 'n' tight reprint edition of this superbly and extensively illustrated volume first published by Superior -- fifth in the "Old Railroad" series.

$25.00

Highball: A Pageant of Trains

By BEEBE, Lucius

New York: Bonanza Books, 1945. Hardcover. 4to. Burgundy and black cloth, pictorial dust jacket. xiii, 223pp, (1p). Frontispiece, numerous illustrations. Near fine/very good. Faint jacket edgewear. A tight, quite nice reprint edition of this unusual survey.

$25.00

An Illustrated History of the London, Midland & Scottish Railway

By TWELLS, H.N.

London: B.T. Batsford Ltd, 1986. Hardcover. Small 4to. Glossy pictorial paper over boards. 120pp. Frontispiece, extensive illustrations, map. Near fine. Tight and handsome first edition.

$35.00

Chicago and Northwestern Railway Steam Power 1848-1956: Classes A-Z
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Chicago and Northwestern Railway Steam Power 1848-1956: Classes A-Z

By KNUDSEN, Charles T.

Chicago: Knudsen Publications, 1965. Hardcover. 4to. Green cloth with gilt lettering and decoration, pictorial price-clipped dust jacket. xx, 188pp. Extensive illustrations (one 48" foldout), line drawings, map endpapers. Near fine/very good. Mild jacket edgewear, more so at head and tail of spine. A handsome, tight and lovely first edition, bearing a choice presentation inscription and signature in blue ballpoint on title page: "To: William J. Petersen / Best wishes / Charles T. Knudsen / Sept. 6, 1965." William J. "Steamboat Bill" Peterson (1901-89) was the dean of Mississippi River historians, author of the highly-regarded classic river commerce history "Steamboating on the Upper Mississippi" (1937) and many other Iowa and Mississippi River histories.

$75.00

Steam Locomotives of the Burlington Route

By CORBIN, Bernard, and KERKA, William

New York: Bonanza Books, 1978. Hardcover. 4to. Light blue cloth spine and dark blue paper over boards, pictorial dust jacket. 320pp. Color frontispiece, extensive illustrations, line drawings, charts. Near fine/near fine. A tight and superb reprint edition of this 1960 study -- a lovely, near pristine copy.

$25.00

Rails West

By ABDILL, George B.

New York: Bonanza Books, 1960. Hardcover. Small 4to. Green cloth, pictorial dust jacket. 191pp. Extensive illustrations. Near fine/near fine. An absolutely superb, tight and bright first reprint edition of this outstandingly-illustrated (to cite front jacket panel) "collectors album of a vanishing era in railroadiana," first published by Superior -- concluding volume in the "Pageant of Railroad History" trilogy.

$25.00

Collection of Six Printed Items

By (SOO LINE RAILROAD)

Minneapolis: Soo Line Railroad Company, 1982. Soo Line Railroad was the U.S. subsidiary of the Canadian Pacific Railroad, formed in 1961 as the Minneapolis, St. Paul & Sault Ste. Marie Railroad and undergoing a number of consolidations and changes in name and ownership into the 1980s and '90s; its lines operated mainly in Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota. Grouping of half a dozen items: 1.) Soo Liner -- The "Intermodal" Concept: Very much a part of Soo's future. 4to. Glossy wrappers. 15pp. Numerous illustrations, heavy stock centerfold "Santa Rides the Soo" map of the Soo Line. Near fine. Company magazine. 2.) News to Know: A Soo Liner Supplement. Small 4to. Self-cover. (4pp). Map. Fine. Newsletter. 3.) Soo Milwaukee System: Train Planning and Tonnage Profiles. Wide 64mo. Stiff red wrappers. (8pp). Two foldouts. Very good. 4.) 1983: Your Rail Gateway to America. Heavy stock 10½" X 8". Yearly calendar with "Dates of Holidays for Soo employees" marked. Very good. 5.) Soo Line Railroad: Warning Poisonous Fumes Heated Card. Heavy stock 9" X 8". Near fine. Broadside explaining danger, noting "One of these cards must be applied to door on each side of ever car equipped with methanol or charcoal heaters and card taken off when heaters are removed." 6.) Unused sheet of 7½" X 9½" lined "Soo Line Railroad" notebook paper. Near fine. Mildly age toned. A fine and unusual grouping of materials, only items #1 and #2 dated and last three items of earlier vintage. The "Warning Poisonous Fumes Heated Card" broadside is especially uncommon and picturesque.

$75.00

Hear That Lonesome Whistle Blow: Railroads in the West
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Hear That Lonesome Whistle Blow: Railroads in the West

By BROWN, Dee

New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1977. Hardcover. Small 4to. Black cloth with gilt spine lettering. vii, 311pp. Illustrations, map endpapers. Very good. A tight and nice first edition of this highly readable overview, from the library of Senator Adlai E. Stevenson III.

$30.00

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