As much as I have studied railroading in one shape or form for most of my life, the information
presented here would not be possible without a big help from many
friends and resources. First and foremost I must thank the late John G.
King for not only his friendship but also his unwavering willingness to
provide me with whatever material I was in need of. He studied the
industry and its history since steam was still at its zenith, and in
that time amassed a stunning collection of archival material. For being
allowed access to it, I am forever indebted to him; thanks again, John.
I must also give a big thanks to my many railfan friends whom I have
come to know over the years, and who also have provided me much material
to use for the website, especially pictures; my many thanks to you all as well.
Pennsy E8A #5809 part of Bennett Levin's collection sits at the former PRR station in Pittsburgh during the evening of July 7, 2007.
Finally, I must thank many resources and authors whose material I have called on for reference and help, especially in relation to historical information. I also highly recommend purchasing any of these books/resources, they are filled with interesting, useful, and just plain great and detailed information about the railroading subject they cover. They are (updated as of 2/15/14):
Books and Periodicals
American Heritage. Railroads In The Days Of Steam. Mahwah: Troll Associates.
Bernet, Gerard. Colorful Memories of Reading's Shamokin Division. RAE Publishing, Inc., 1999.
Boyd, Jim. American Freight Train, The. Osceola: MBI Publishing, 2001.
Chant, Christopher. History Of North American Rail, The. Edison: Chartwell Books, 2005.
Del Vecchio, Mike. Railroads Across America. Osceola: MBI Publishing, 1998.
DeNevi, Don. America's Fighting Railroads, A World War II Pictorial Hisotry. Missoula: Pictorial Histories Publishing Company, 1996.
Dixon, Thomas W. Appalachian Coal Mines & Railroads. Lynchburg: TLC Publishing, 1994.
Dixon, Thomas W. Chesapeake And Ohio Railway: A Concise History And Fact Book. Clifton Forge: Chesapeake & Ohio Historical Society, 2012.
Dixon, Thomas W. Chesapeake & Ohio K-4 Class 2-8-4 Steam Locomotives. Clifton Forge: Chesapeake & Ohio Historical Society, 2013.
Dixon, Thomas W. Chesapeake & Ohio Passenger Service: 1847-1971. Clifton Forge: Chesapeake & Ohio Historical Society, 2013.
Dixon, Thomas W. Chessie Era, The. Lynchburg: TLC Publishing, 1994.
Dixon, Thomas W. Norfolk & Western Steam: The Last 30 Years. Forest: TLC Publishing, 2013.
Donovan Jr., Frank P. and Grant, H. Roger (Editor). Iowa Railroads. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2000.
Dorin, Patrick C. An Illustrated Guide To American Freight Train Equipment. Hudson: Enthusiast Books, 2013.
Foster, Gerald. A Field Guide To Trains. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1996.
Goolsby, Larry. Seaboard Air Line Passenger Service, The Streamlined Era. Forest, Virginia: TLC Publishing, 2011.
Grenard, Ross and Krause, John. Steam In The Alleghenies. Carstens Publications.
Harwood, Herbert H. Jr. Royal Blue Line. Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press, 2002.
Heimburger, Donald J. Illinois Central: Main Line Of Mid-America. Forest Park: Heimburger House Publishing Company, 1995.
Hilton, George. American Narrow Gauge Railroads. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1990.
Hilton, George and Due, John. Electric Interurban Railways in America, The. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2000.
Hofsommer, Don L. Tootin' Louie, A History Of The Minneapolis & St. Louis Railway, The. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2005.
Holland, Kevin J. Passenger Trains Of Northern New England, In The Streamline Era. Lynchburg: TLC Publishing, 2004.
Johnston, Bob and Welsh, Joe. Art Of The Streamliner, The. New York: Andover Junction Publications, 2001.
Kelly, John. Chicago & North Western, Photo Archive: Passenger Trains Of The 400 Fleet. Hudson, Wisconson: Iconografix, 2006.
Kelly, John. Rock Island Railroad, Photo Archive: Travel On The Rockets. Hudson, Wisconsin: Iconografix, 2010.
Mainey, David. Baltimore & Ohio Steam In Color. Scotch Plains: Morning Sun Books, 2001.
McGuirk, Martin J. Baltimore & Ohio Railroad in the Potomac Valley. Waukesha: Kalmbach Publishing, 2001.
McNeel, William. The Durbin Route: The Greenbrier Division of the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway. Charleston: Pictorial Histories Publishing Company, 1985. Revised edition, 2000.
Murray, Tom. Chicago & North Western Railway. Minneapolis: Voyageur Press, 2008.
Murray, Tom. Southern Railway. St. Paul: Voyageur Press, 2007.
Official Guide Of The Railways, The. 8th ed. 102 vols. National Railway Publication Company: New York, January 1970.
Norfolk Southern train 65J with SD40-2 #3413 in the lead welcomes a new day as it rolls through Cassandra, Pennsylvania on the morning of July 12, 2008.
Not all references are listed here on this page, some are listed
within the individual articles of interest across the website. In any event, my many and
sincere thanks again to all of the above for all of the help, I
certainly could not have put together such a website without it.
If anyone needs to get in touch with me for whatever reason regarding information presented at American-Rails.com
please do not hesitate to do so (for instance I am aware that there is
the likelihood for a minor error here or there so please feel very free
to send me an e-mail if you see a correction which needs to be made).