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.
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. The Chessie Era. Lynchburg: TLC Publishing, 1994.
Donovan Jr., Frank P. and Grant, H. Roger (Editor). Iowa Railroads. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2000.
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.
Reynolds, Kirk and Oroszi, David. Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. Osceola: MBI Publishing, 2000.
Schafer, Mike. Caboose. Osceola: MBI Publishing, 1997.
Schafer, Mike. Classic American Railroads. Osceola: MBI Publishing, 1996.
Schafer, Mike. Classic American Railroads, Volume III. Osceola: MBI Publishing, 2003.
Schafer, Mike and McBride, Mike. Freight Train Cars. Osceola: MBI Publishing, 1999.
Schafer, Mike. More Classic American Railroads. Osceola: MBI Publishing, 2000.
Schafer, Mike and Solomon, Brian. Pennsylvania Railroad. Osceola: MBI Publishing, 1997.
Schafer, Mike and Welsh, Joe. Streamliners, History of a Railroad Icon. St. Paul: MBI Publishing, 2003.
Schafer, Mike. Vintage Diesel Locomotives. Osceola: MBI Publishing, 1998.
Solomon, Brian. Alco Locomotives. Minneapolis: Voyageur Press, 2009.
Solomon, Brian. American Diesel Locomotive, The. Osceola: MBI Publishing, 2000.
Solomon, Brian. Classic Locomotives, Steam And Diesel Power in 700 Photographs. Minneapolis: Voyageur Press, 2013.
Solomon, Brian. Electro-Motive E-Units and F-Units: The Illustrated History of North America's Favorite Locomotives. Minneapolis: Voyageur Press, 2011.
Solomon, Brian. Electric Locomotives. St. Paul: MBI Publishing, 2003.
Solomon, Brian and Gruber, John. Milwaukee Road's Hiawatha's, The. St. Paul: Voyageur Press, 2006.
Solomon, Brian and Schafer, Mike. New York Central Railroad. St. Paul: Andover Junction Publications, 2007.
Solomon, Brian. North American Railroad Family Trees. Minneapolis: Voyageur Press, 2013.
Solomon, Brian. Railroad Stations. New York: MetroBooks, 2000.
Solomon, Brian. Southern Pacific Railroad. St. Paul: Voyageur Press, 2007.
Stover, John. Routledge Historical Atlas of the American Railroads, The. New York: Routledge, 1999.
Trains Magazine, Kalmbach Publishing Company.
Warden, William E. Norfolk & Western Railway's Magnificent Mallets, The Y Class 2-8-8-2s. TLC Publishing, 1993.
Warden, William E. West Virginia Logging Railroads. Lynchburg: TLC Publishing, 1993.
Welsh, Joe. Baltimore & Ohio's Capitol Limited And National Limited. St. Paul: MBI Publishing, 2007.
Welsh, Joe: Holland, Kevin: and Howes, Bill. Cars Of Pullman, The. Minneapolis: Voyageur Press, 2010.
Welsh, Joe and Holland, Kevin. Union Pacific Railroad. Minneapolis: Voyageur Press, 2009.
Westwood, John. Illustrated History Of The Railroads. Stamford: Longmeadow Press, 1994.
Withers, Bob. Baltimore & Ohio Railroad In West Virginia, The. Charleston: Arcadia Publishing, 2007.
Withers, Bob. Trackside around West Virginia, 1963-1968. Scotch Plains: Morning Sun Books, 2006.
Woodland, Dale W. Reading Diesels, Volume II. Laurys Station: Garrigues House, Publishers, 1995.
Woodland, Dale W. Reading In The Conrail Era, The. Telford: Silver Brook Junction Publishing Company, 1998.
Zoellner, Tom. Train. New York: Penguin Group, 2014.
Custer, Jerry (Estate)
Dumas, Lawrence J.
John G. King Collection
Patton, John - Yellowstone Train Repairs
Sol, Michael (Milwaukee Road Archives)
Organizations and Museums
Association of American Railroads
Freight Rail Works (A division of the AAR)
Bureau of Transportation Statistics
Museum of the Rockies at Montana State University
NCDOT Rail Division
Railroad Station Historical Society, Inc.
Reading Company Technical & Historical Society
White River Valley Museum
Wilmington Railroad Museum
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).
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