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Editorial Reviews


Railroad Model Craftsman, March 2007

“Useful for anyone interested in the progress that led to the locomotives we see plying the rails today, Rail Power is an informative and well-illustrated guide to locomotive development through the history of United States railroading.”

This volume contains a wealth of interesting historical and up-to-the-minute locomotive data. Without question, the book paints a clear overall picture of North American locomotive evolution and development. – The Michigan Railfan

Trains, January 2007

“Uses a diverse selection of strong, colorful photographs by Steve Barry to trace this evolution of North American locomotives, and is brought together by complete descriptions and annotations on the different steam, electric, and diesel locomotives … make this book worthy of any locomotive fan’s library.”

National Railway Bulletin, Fall 2006

The book is a handy compendium of American motive power, both past and present. The price is reasonable, and the size makes it convenient to carry to identify any unfamiliar locomotive. It is recommended as a worthy addition to the basic library of students of the industry.”

About the Author

Steve Barry has been photographing locomotives and trains for more than 25 years. The managing editor of Railfan and Railroad magazine and the author of the bestselling Rail Power (Voyageur Press, 2006), he resides in Newton, New Jersey.


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Product Details

  • Series: Gallery
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press; 1st edition (May 31, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760325472
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760325476
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #329,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I have been photographing railroads for over 30 years, shooting everything from restored steam locomotives to streetcars to modern freight power. In this pursuit, I have accumulated about 140,000 images from all over the U.S. and Canada.
I am editor of Railfan & Railroad magazine, based in Newton, New Jersey, a monthly magazine that features some of the best railroad photography available.
I am married to Genie, and our "kids" are an assortment of dogs, cats and other fun creatures.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joan G. on March 10, 2008
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I purchased this book for our son, who has just completed engineer school for the railroad. What fun to look through it with him. It is a wonderful collection of great photos of many railroads in our country. Until our son worked for the railroad, we always called train engines "engines", but in the industry, they are referred to as "powers", thus the title Rail Power.
This is a very informative book about the history and highlights of trains; even the driving of the golden spike that joined the railroad from the east to the railroad from the west, creating the first transcontinental railroad. Do you know where that celebration took place?
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