Books by Other Publishers

books/book_railsrem2.jpg Rails Remembered - Vol 2
by Louis Newton
Recollections of railroading in the immediate post WWII era. The early chapters include Continental railroading while the author served with U.S. occupation forces in Italy. Later chapters are devoted to railroad operations in Knoxville, TN and other locations in the Southeast. Hard cover
SKU# 138.24 $59.95
books/book_railsrem3.jpg Rails Remembered - Vol 3
by Louis Newton
The author's account working as a special apprentice in the N&W's Mechanical Department from 1950 to March 1953. Describes operations in Shaffers Crossing as well as construction of new steam locomotives in the Roanoke Shops. Also covers trips over the Abingdon and North Carolina branches. Hard cover
SKU# 138.25 $59.95
books/book_railsrem4.jpg Rails Remembered - Vol. 4 -Tale of a Turbine
by Louis Newton
In a continuation of the "Rails Remembered" series, the author gives an amazing account of N&W's last efforts to waylay the arrival of the diesel, with the creation of a steam-turbine electric locomotive. It was given the Class No. TE-1, numbered 2300... but the world knew it as the "Jawn Henry." The experiment was a failure, and the unit existed only 3-1/2 years, being retired in 1957. Mr. Newton was employed by the N&W at the time, and had first-hand knowledge of this amazing machine.
The book includes construction photos, charts, comparative data, and many publicity photos. Hard cover
SKU# 138.75 $59.95
coalwood.jpg Coalwood
Coalwood spans the history of the Carter Coal Company and the three communities built in the wilderness of McDowell County. The Coalwood narrative weaves historical information with the personal accounts of the people who lived and worked in the communities.

by Alex P. Schust

SKU# 138.111 $49.95
books/BK.Trail_Of_Powhatan_Arrow.jpg Trail of the Powhatan Arrow
The N&W's Big Sandy Line
Kenova to Williamson WV.
Timeline roughly from 1902 to July 1958. In 1902 the final survey for the Big Sandy line began, and July 1958 marks the end of steam engines on the Powhatan Arrow.
300 page, hardcover
by Jack L. Dickinson and Kay Stamper Dickinson
SKU# 138.118 $29.95
BK.Better_Take_Two_Guns.jpg Better Take Two Guns
The N&W's Special Agents (Railroad Detectives) and their W. Va. Cases.

"If you're goin to Mingo County, youd better take two guns!"
    Unidentified N&W passenger, 1905

This book documents the N&W special agents (railroad detectives) and their cases in a rough timeline from 1899 to the end of 1958 in West Virginia. Book recommended to anyone with an interest in West Virginia, in policing, or in railroads for an intimate portrait of the intersection of all three. Black and white with some photos/illustrations, 212 pages
By Jack L. Dickinson and Kay Stamper Dickinson
SKU# 138.132 $25.95
BK.N&W_Connellsville_District.jpg Norfolk & Western Railway Connellsville District

Pictorial book starting with the early 1962 99 year lease between the N&W and the P&WV., ending May 1990 when it was included in the new W&LE.

Hardbound with dust jacket, 144 B/W pages By Gene P. Schaeffer

SKU# 138.140 $50.00
BK.Billion_Dollar_Coalfield.jpg Billion Dollar Coalfield
Follow the N&W’s main line, branch lines, and spurs as the railway hauls coal from West Virginia’s McDowell County, – the heart of the “Billion Dollar Coalfield”

NWHS member, Alex Schust, tells the story of the first 100 years of the industrialization of McDowell County by following the N&W as it tunneled through Coaldale Mountain to reach the mining operations on Elkhorn Creek in 1888, through the construction of the last major mining operation at Munson, WV in 1947.

Hardcover, 640 pages, 516 B/W photographs

SKU# 138.144 $75.00
BK.Wheels_Aflame_Whistle_Wide_Open.jpg Wheels Aflame, Whistle Wide Open
Train Wrecks of the N&W Railroad

Covering wrecks in West Virginia from 1892 through 1959.

Hardcover, 299 pages

By Jack L. Dickinson and Kay Stamper Dickinson

SKU# 138.146 $25.00
BK.Murder_Along_the_Tracks.jpg Murder Along the Tracks

Violent Deaths along the Norfolk & Western in Wayne and Mingo Counties, West Virginia

Hardcover, 308 pages

By Jack L. Dickinson and Kay Stamper Dickinson

SKU# 138.161 $29.95
pending.jpg Last Train to Dunlow

History from the Hollows of Wayne County, West Virginia and the coming of the N&W R/R 1870-1940.

Hardcover, 194 pages

By Jack L. Dickinson and Kay Stamper Dickinson

SKU# 138.163 $29.95
BK.Virginian_Railway_Heritage_Guide.jpg Virginian Railway Heritage Trail
NWHS member Aubrey Wiley is the man behind the creation of the Virginian Heritage trail and the author of this book. Containing over 175 pictures plus maps, the 90 page, hardback book covers the Virginian from its formation in 1907 to today's role in the Norfolk Southern Railroad. Over three dozen locations are recognized as significant to the operational success of the old Virginian. Bridging from the past to the present, these surviving places are covered in great detail with pictures, information from primary sources and stories from people who actually experienced the Virginian. In establishing the physical, 525 miles long Virginian Railway Heritage Trail (mainline plus three branches), the author developed contacts and new sources for heretofore unknown information and pictures of the Virginian. The operation of C&O passenger trains over the Virginian is just one example.

Hardcover, 90 pages

by Aubrey Wiley

SKU# 138.168 $31.95
BK.NW_Steam_The_Last_30_Years.jpg Norfolk & Western Steam The Last 30 Years
N&W perfected its operation of steam locomotives in the 1930s-40s and was so efficient with them that it resisted dieselization longer than any other railroad. This book gives an overview of N&W steam locomotives operating in the period 1930-1960 with emphasis on the three classes that were the backbone of the fleet in that era: J-class 4-8-4s, A-Class simple articulated 2-6-6-4s, and the many Y-classes of 2-8-8-2 compound articulated.

Hardcover, 112 pages, TLC Publishing

by Thomas W. Dixon, Jr.

SKU# 138.166 $29.95
BK.A_Trip_Shenandoah_Valley_B&O.jpg A Trip by Rail in the Shenandoah Valley
Written by NWHS member Bob Cohen, this book covers the B&O and Southern Railway line in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley: from Brunswick to Harpers Ferry on the mainline and then all the way up the Valley, 163 more miles in all, to Lexington, Virginia, via Strasburg and Harrisonburg.

Each station and its community is included with a basic history along with individual passenger station data. Every passenger station along that right-of-way is covered and nearly all have photographs, most from “way back when.”

Coverage is also included for other railroads that crossed or interchanged with the B&O and Southern at various points along the main line. This is the case at Charlestown, Winchester, Strasburg, Harrisonburg, Staunton and Lexington where the N&W, Pennsylvania RR, Winchester & Western, and C&O receive noteworthy attention.

Profusely illustrated with over 100 images, nine different maps, each strategically placed throughout the narrative, all help guide the reader through a region that has received far too little historical coverage up to the present.

Hardcover 160 pages, b/w and color images

by Bob Cohen

SKU# 138.172 $59.95
BK.NW_Clinch_Valley_Line.jpg N&W Clinch Valley Line
Detailed history documents construction and operation of the N&W’s scenic line through the Clinch Valley area of southwest Virginia between Bluefield (Graham) and Norton. Coverage highlights include development of the towns and villages along the route, construction photographs of the rugged area between Pounding Mill and Cedar Bluff and between St. Paul and Coeburn, passenger service, freight service and the early years after the formation of Norfolk Southern and the assimilation of the former Interstate Railroad and the Southern Railway’s St. Charles Branch into the Clinch Valley District as the Clinch Valley Extension. Hard cover with color cover, 432 pages includes 48 page color section; includes 750+ photographs/sketches, 80+ maps/track charts and 75+ timetable entries plus miscellaneous tables, charts and sketches.

Hardcover 432 pages

by Ed Wolfe, Charles Wilson Jr., Paul Mandelkern

SKU# 138.176 $65.00
Baldwin-Felts_Detective Agency.jpg Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency
The True Story of the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency

In a time when state and national police agencies had not yet been formed, William Gibboney Baldwin and Thomas Lee Felts created a firm of private detectives that became widely known and respected among law abiding citizens, and despised and feared by criminals and rabble rousers of all sorts.

The hundreds of men in the Baldwin-Felts Agency were thorough and fearless. Ready to go on a moments notice, they responded instantly whenever a train was robbed, a coal mine strike erupted into violence, or a murderer fled the scene of a crime. More often than not, they conducted their investigation, got their man, and protected him from angry mobs until a jury delivered its verdict.


by John A. Velke III

SKU# 138.184 $15.00
NW_Railway_Steam_Pictorial.JPG N&W Railway Steam Pictorial
Photography by Benjamin T. Young

This book features steam locomotives of the Norfolk & Western Railway during the late 1950s with steam locomotives. Images of the A, J, and Y classes as well as S, K, & M classes are all present. The book primarily focuses on activity at Shaffers Crossing Engine Terminal in Roanoke and at Crewe Virginia, but several other locations are also found within the publication. This landscape book is printed on high-quality 80 pound sterling premium gloss paper and features over 100 black and white photographs of Benjamin T. Young. To our knowledge this is the first time his work is being published.

Hardcover, 80 pages

by Benjamin L. Bernhart

SKU# 138.189 $29.95
Virginian_Railway_Memories.jpg Virginian Railway Memories
The Virginian Railway was built in the first decade of the twentieth century and flourished until being merged in N&W in 1959. With over 400 color and classic black & white pictures, the book tells the story of a most modern, colorful and interesting railroad. It includes 16 well written personal stories by people who worked on the old Virginian, had family who worked on the railroad or lived nearby. A good deal of local history is covered for dozens of cities, towns and communities served by the Virginian from Norfolk, Virginia, across south side Virginia, through the Piedmont, into the mountain foothills and deep in the coalfields of West Virginia. Maps, data and plans are in abundance to support the revelations found in this book.

This book is perfect for railroad historians, railfans, local and regional historians and model railroaders.

Hardcover, 233 pages

by Aubrey Wiley

SKU# 138.193 $49.95
138.201.jpg Altoona and the Pennsylvania Railroad Between a Roar and a Whimper
This 100 page, color/black, perfect bound, reinforced soft cover publication contains 228 photos, 3 full paintings, 2 multi-page maps and a chart of Altoona towers with additional text by John Denny, JR., Bill Strassner and Peter Barton. Features include the PRR in Altoona, the men and women of the PRR, Altoona’s trolleys and prominent buildings, and the Horseshoe Curve.

Altoona and the Pennsylvania Railroad...tells the story of Altoona's birth, the place chosen by the PRR to begin its operations. In this wilderness appeared makeshift shops and ribbons of steel rails. Men, hungry for work, rushed to the scene. Families followed. Up sprang houses, schools and churches along both sides of the tracks. In words and pictures, this book traces the growth of the railroad until Altoona housed the largest car shops in the world. Together, the city and the PRR became famous. The fame was due in part to the dedication of the men who spent most of their lives with the railroad; also the women who shouldered the men's jobs during times of war. Nothing--not rigid work rules, dangerous and demanding jobs, low pay, or few benefits dampened the devotion they held for the Pennsy.

Authored by Altoonan Betty Loeb
SKU# 138.201 $10.00
138.202.jpg The Pennsylvania Railroad in Cincinnati
Co-authored by Rick Tipton and Keystone editor Chuck Blardone 2004

Before the Civil War, Cincinnati was the biggest town in “The West” - larger than St. Louis, and far larger than Chicago or Cleveland. Once the Pennsylvania Railroad reached Pittsburgh, Cincinnati was the great inland city to which the Railroad had to connect.

This book brings together photos, historical materials, and company records from sources both local and nationwide. It thus combines knowledge and images never before brought together. The book explores yards, stations, interlocking plants, and motive power over the 100 years the Pennsy came into Cincy, and shows that this part of the System was made up of both “standard” and highly nonstandard components. The 160 pages include 305 photos, three paintings, nine sidebars, six maps, and 44 assorted tables, posters, and track diagrams. All color originals are reproduced in color.

The book’s major sections include:
  • notes on the Pennsy’s local history and the Company’s relationship to other railroads in town
  • descriptions and photos of locations listed in employee timetables
  • roster and action shots of PRR steam and diesel in Cincinnati
  • detailed history and consists of the Cincinnati Limited
  • photo section dedicated to sleepers of the Cincinnati Limited
SKU# 132.202 $25.00
138.203.jpg The Pennsy in the 1960s – The Final Decade
Featuring the excellent photography of John Dziobko, Jr. and a compelling essay of the PRR’s final years by Christopher T. Baer 2008

Contents include: North of New York City, The Corridor between New York and Philadelphia, Philly and South Jersey, The Corridor between Philadelphia and Washington, Washington DC, Philadelphia to Harrisburg, York, The Yard at Enola, Middle Division – Harrisburg to Altoona, Buffalo to Harrisburg, Altoona to Pittsburgh, Northeast Ohio, Pittsburgh to Chicago – via the Fort Wayne, Pittsburgh to Chicago – via the Panhandle, Ballast Cleaning Trains, Wire Trains, Wreck Trains.
SKU# 138.203 $25.00
138.204.jpg Women’s Aid PRR Cook Book
A reprint by the Society of a 1935 Cook Book 2008

A 120 page, perfect bound exact reprint of the PRR's Women's Aid Society Cookbook of 1935, 6-" x 9-1/8". Similar to a church cookbook, it contains favorite home cooking recipes from wives of PRR employees (including some prominent officers you'll recognize). Editor Chuck Blardone says it’s the most usable PRR cookbook he has ever seen. Your grandmother's recipes! A member wrote saying: “Thought you would like to know that I noticed my wife reading the PRR Cook Book at the kitchen table yesterday. She looked up with a big smile and said "This is a Great Cookbook!"

Everything reproduced exactly, with an added photo of PRR Women's Aid china, Corrections noted in the front and at the recipes affected, and a write up by Chris Baer on who made up the Women's Aid Society, and what it did. (The cover price of 75 cents is for the original, not this reprint.)
SKU# 138.204 $5.00
138.205.jpg Philip R. Hastings - Portrait of the Pennsylvania Railroad
Photographs from the Collection of the California State Railroad Museum

by Douglas M. Nelson 2002

This book was originally published by Pine Tree Press in autumn 2002 and has been generously donated by them to the Society for future sales.

This is a 9 ¾" x 11" landscape format 130 page hardbound book, with dust jacket, of over 140 of Philip’s most outstanding black and white photos of the PRR in action. The photos are organized into five sections with each section having color maps depicting the territory.

His photos not only capture trains in action but also the people, surrounding buildings and landscape. This is one of the finest B&W photograph books documenting the PRR in its heyday.
SKU# 138.205 $20.00
138.206.jpg The Pennsylvania Railroad in Columbus, Ohio
by Rick Tipton 2011

Hardbound 8½” x 11” 188 pages with 334 illustrations (the large majority, photos).
Chapter 1, A Short History of Columbus Railroads, PRR Lines into Columbus, Other Lines and Connections at Columbus;
Chapter 2, Columbus Union Depot and its Passenger Trains;
Chapter 3, St. Clair Avenue Enginehouse;
Chapter 4, Pennsy Freight Yards;
Chapter 5, 20th St. Shops;
Chapter 6, The Columbus & Newark (C&N);
Chapter 7, Columbus & Xenia (C&X);
Chapter 8, Chicago Columbus & Indiana Central (CC&IC);
Chapter 9, The Akron Branch (CA&C);
Chapter 10, The Sandusky Branch.

Maps in Rear Pocket: Columbus Railroads, 1893; Columbus Railroad Facilities, 1934; Columbus Railroads and Industries, 1962; Port Columbus to Olentangy, 1958, Yards in Columbus and Bradford, 1928; Alum Creek to “RA,” 1945; The Enginehouse at Spruce Street, c.1950; The Freight House at 4th & Naughten Sts., 1941; St. Clair Enginehouse and its Environs, 1951 and St. Clair Diesel Servicing Facilities, 1956.
SKU# 138.206 $45.00
138.207.jpg Pennsylvania Railroad Gondolas Revenue & Work Equipment, 1869 - 1968
by Al Buchan and Elden Gatwood 2011

A 156 page book includes an Introduction covering an overview of freight cars and gondolas; PRR Gondolas from GA to G44, gondolas in Work Equipment service and an Epilog.

There are over 350 photos many with cars under load, in addition to numerous car diagrams and information tables. The book is in landscape format, 8½" x 11", on heavy paper, color and B&W.
SKU# 132.207 $25.00
138.208.jpg Pennsylvania Railroad Advertising Art 1859-1968
by Chuck Blardone and featuring the Ed Lied collection with an overview by Chis Baer, Hagley Museum &Archives

Printed in the USA
Includes posters, booklets, flyers, timetables,original artwork and various ephemeria
Hardbound, 284 pages, all-color, 11" x 9", 492 Images
All images restored to new or near-new condition
SKU# 138.208 $50.00
138.209.jpg From the Midwest to Florida by Rail, 1875-1979 - VOL. 1
by Chuck Blardone with Myron Bilas

The first of two volumes of the definitive history of through passenger service from all Midwest cities to Florida. All railroads, trains, and years.

Vol. 1 covers C&EI-IC-PRR-L&N-NC&StL-Monon-M&O-CofGa-ACL-SAL-FEC to all Resort Cities in Fla.

520 pages, with laminated hardbound covers, featuring Mitch Markovitz original art, about 25% color, with balanced content, covering all trains, each in its own chapter. Many illustrations and advertisements. This is a limited printing.
SKU# 138.209 $75.00
138.210.jpg From the Midwest to Florida by Rail, 1875-1979 - VOL. 2
by Chuck Blardone with Myron Bilas

Vol. 2 covers NYC-Q&C-SR-Frisco-Amtrak-PRR "Shadow Service," with other sections, including artwork. The very intertwined subject matter meant that complete coverage of any single railraod was not possible in a single volume. We recommend that the reader purchase both volumes.
SKU# 138.210 $75.00
138.211.jpg The Pennsylvania Railroad's Golden Triangle Main Line Panorama in the Pittsburgh Area
by Ken Kobus and Jack Consoli 1998

Authored by Ken Kobus and Jack Consoli of the PRRT&HS Pittsburgh Chapter, this 92-page perfect-bound, reinforced soft cover publication contains about 270 photographs, several maps, plus a separate foldout 11” x 34” map of the PFW&C between Pittsburgh and Conway ca. 1920s. Released in conjunction with the PRRT&HS 1998 annual meeting in Lancaster, the publication supplements the commemoration of 150 years of the PRR's presence in Pittsburgh, the traffic heart of the railroad's operations, begun with the authors' first book on this subject "The Pennsy in the Steel City.. .", published in 1996.

Photographic coverage includes locomotives, trains, stations, yards, bridges, engine houses, towers, and related facilities, from the 1860s to 1968, with a few photos from the early'70s. Maps identify all PRR lines in the Pittsburgh area. Narrative covers PRR Pittsburgh area history. Geographically the book covers from Pennsylvania Station, Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh to Pitcairn on the Main Line, Pittsburgh to Mingo Jct., Ohio on the Panhandle, Mingo Jct., Ohio to Rochester, Pa on the C&P, Pittsburgh to Beaver Falls on the Ft. Wayne , and Rochester, Pa. to New Castle on the PY&A
SKU# 138.211 $10.00