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North America Locomotives: The Illustrated Encyclopedia Hardcover – 15 Dec 2012


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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press (15 Dec. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760343705
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760343708
  • Product Dimensions: 26 x 2.5 x 31.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 800,255 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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BRIAN SOLOMAN is one of today's most accomplished railway historians. He has authored more than thirty books about railroads and motive power, including North American Railroads and GE and EMD Locomotives: The Illustrated History.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Great gift item and interesting! 18 Feb. 2013
By Sheila W. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Chose this for my Dad. He absolutely loved it! Got it right away. The photos are really gorgeous . This was a perfect gift for a retired railroad man.
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Not quite enough book for the topic 3 Nov. 2013
By James Pernikoff - Published on Amazon.com
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While a lot of good research went into this book, the problem is that to give the locomotive history of no fewer than 90 railroads in about 270 pages just can't be done with any degree of depth; it would probably take closer to 1000 pages to really cover the topic.

The included railroads include both present-day roads and their predecessors, "fallen flags", major commuter railroads and even a tourist railroad, the Napa Valley Wine Train. (I wish Florida's TriRail commuter line could have been included; a relatively small operation but with some brightly painted locos.) Railroads are listed under their proper names, so if you're looking for the Nickel Plate Road, the pretty good index will direct you to the New York, Chicago & St. Louis.

Over half of the railroads get only 2 pages of coverage. Typically there are three photos in each two-page spread, and one of the photos will be accompanied by a small specification table for the locomotive type. I rather wish that the author could have included a fleet list for each railroad, at least including those types that the road bought in any decent quantity. But I recognize that that would have made a pretty big book even larger. The coverage decisions are at times puzzling: why does the Long Island Rail Road, which has been in business for 180 years, only get two pages, while the Penn Central, which lasted all of 8 years, get six?

Having said that, the book is a great introduction. If will help if you have some knowledge of present-day diesel locomotive designations, because at times the author tosses them around hot and heavy. But even considering the brevity of some of the coverage, this book is entertaining enough to belong on any railfan's bookshelf.

A small caveat: the first copy I received from Amazon had several pages in the index and copyright page printed too faintly; the replacement copy was only slightly better but I elected to keep it. Fortunately none of the other pages in the book suffered from this malady, but you might want to wait awhile before ordering the book.
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A very nice book with a couple of small issues 21 Sept. 2014
By M. S. Reno - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The pictures are great and the heavy, large format is a pleasure to read and leaf through. There are, however, a few issues, in my opinion. There are many grammatical errors, usually in the form of missing or repeated words, e. g. "the two railroads merged as Illinois Central Gulf in 1971, forming Illinois Central Gulf." There are also some layout errors, the most notable being that the "Maine Central" chapter doesn't have a header like the rest of the sections. Lastly, a few railroads that I think deserve their own chapters, such as Seaboard System, don't have them (a chapter for Maine Eastern but not Cotton Belt?). These are small detractions from an otherwise very nice book, but I do feel that they diminish the overall experience a bit.
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A Perfect Gift 17 Jan. 2014
By M. G. - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased this book as a Christmas gift for a 13-year old boy who loves trains. He was thrilled with it. The book is loaded with beautiful pictures of the trains as well as being extremely informative. He loves the book, and because he does, so do I. It would make a great addition to any library even for someone not necessarily enthralled with trains. A great find!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Book 30 July 2013
By S. Fox - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a well written book by an author who obviously knows his subject. Railroad descriptions are fairly brief but thorough. The photos are diverse and mostly great and specific locomotive information is sprinkled throughout the book. This is a book that I really enjoyed reading.
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