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American Shortline Railway Guide: Facts, Figures, and Locomotive Rosters for over 500 Short Lines (Railroad Reference) Paperback – May, 1996

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Product Details

  • Series: Railroad Reference (Book 17)
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Greenberg Pub; 5 edition (May 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0890242909
  • ISBN-13: 978-0890242902
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,540,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 29, 2000
Format: Paperback
American Shortline Railway Guide is a great help for any train buff. Over 500 short lines are described: history, current status, number of engines (some lines with full listing), cars, as well as address of owner and radio frequencies. I especially liked the many pictures accompanying the text. There is really one drawback only: The book does not contain any maps. You will need a train atlas or a Rand Mc Nally on the side, unfortunately. Other interesting details are lists of abandoned and non-operating lines as well as addresses of ownerships companies. A must-have for US train buffs, especially in conjunction with the Train-Watchers Guide to North American Railroads (also by George W. Drury).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Chris Parker on January 4, 2007
Format: Paperback
The short-line world has changed quite a bit in the years since publication. It's time for an update. What the guide does provide is interesting and generally accurate. Edward A. Lewis is perhaps the countries best authority on the subject and has managed several shortlines for many years. I suspect the problems of the book come from Kalbach trying to make it too small - it's glove box format. I'd rather have more information in an 81/2 x 11 format. It has locomotive rosters, capsule histories and other data. What is missing is train operations. Knowing this changes, perhaps the next edition should have an accompanying database of this information, updated by users as it changes. Another missing item are maps. As another reviewer has noted, the photographs could be better.
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By wilross on October 8, 2013
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I am very pleased with the detail contained in this book. I hope more recent editions will come out very soon
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