New Conrail book available soon. Conrail Rainbow Years, Volume 2 by Rudy Garbely. "The second in a series of titles covering Conrail’s first years of operations (1976-1980), this book features slides from GPCo's own vast collection, and represents the "best of the best" in early Conrail photography. The book covers Conrail’s “Rainbow Years,” when motive power in a variety of patched-out color schemes from its six predecessor railroads operated across the new Conrail system. A smattering of freshly painted Conrail blue locomotives, as well as other railroads’ locomotives that were leased to alleviate power shortages, added to the color palette. This book covers the entirety of Conrail’s territory from New York to Chicago and everything in between, with over 140 full-color images of Conrail’s unique Rainbow Years." Pre-orders welcome.
Details of White River's new book
The Complete History of the Denver & Rio Grande Western K-36 Locomotives
By the 1920s, the legendary narrow gauge system of the Denver & Rio Grande Western had shrunk to a third of the railroad's total trackage, and most of its locomotives were worn out. Yet, traffic was heavy on some parts of the line and growing, and standard gauging the lines made little economic sense.
So the long-time Baldwin customer turned to the Philadelphia firm for 10 new narrow gauge, outside frame Mikados. Designated K-36 (MiKado, 36,200lbs of tractive effort), these beefy Baldwins were soon hauling freight over the four percent grades of Cumbres and Marshall passes and indeed, system-wide.
Fast forward almost a century later, and nine of the locomotives still exist and eight are in service on the Durango & Silverton and Cumbres & Toltec Scenic railroads. Truly a remarkable record of service and why the K-36 is beloved by railfans and the crewmen who ran them.
Author Jerry Day spent over 40 years compiling information and over 300 photos, maps, track folios, drawings and diagrams, including a three-page foldout drawing by Mike McKenzie for this volume. In addition, this 224-page hardcover book includes the D&RGW purchase of the K-36s and changes made to the lines to accommodate them, the operational history on the lines they ran, and accounts of K-36 snow fighting operations, special passenger runs, wrecks, movie trains, locomotive modifications and changes, and a section on the K-36s as they operate today on the C&TS and D&S railroads. Includes an appendix with the complete D&RGW/Baldwin specs for the locomotives.
Hardcover 224 pages 300+ photos, maps, drawings, and diagrams. Available from us, Probably Feb 2020, pre-orders welcome. Price £70-£80 dependent on $-£ situation.
As we have about 80 titles from the Calgary Group of British Railway Modelers of North America (BRMNA), a new category has been created. Mostly costing just £5 these landscape pictorials of about 30 pages provide some great B&W shots of the locomotives or areas described. Plenty of explanatory text, and maps usually included. Listing of these titles has begun, and will take as long as it takes.
Another revision of the website is now complete, where we have added categories for more North American books. This includes some more Roads such as CSX, Delaware & Hudson and The Southern Railway as well as the promised Rock Island Line and Norfolk & Western. Freight and Passenger have been split, but the Freight AND Passenger category remains to cater for those books which cover both aspects. As always, please use the search facility, or feel free to email and ask, or telephone and ask.
We have just completed a revision of the website book categories. As we now have less than 700 UK books, they have all been catalogued under one category "UK Railways & Trams". All UK books are now only in this one category. You can still find individual UK books, or groups of books using the "search" box. You could search for the author, or "LMS" for example. Or you could have a swift look through all of them, which doesn't take as long as you would think.
This will free up space to add more North American categories. Roads such as Rock Island and Norfolk & Western will get their own category, and I will split the "Freight" and Passenger books. All this is happening in the next few days. Comments welcome.
MORNING SUN Hardback titles for 2020
Erie Lackawanna in the Conrail Era Volume 3 1991-1999 Jan 5th
Louisville & Nashville Through Passenger Service In Color Jan 5th
New Have Power In Color Vol 1 Diesel Cab Units Feb 1st
The Monongahela Railway In Color Vol 2 Feb 1st
Norfolk Southern In Color Volume 2: 1999-2019 March 1st
Santa Fe Power In Color Vol 3:Electro-Motive Switchers and 4-Axle Hood Units March 1st
Rio Grande In Color Volume 6: Tennessee Pass April 1st
Long Island RR Multiple Unit Cars Volume 1: Cars Built 1905-1949 April 1st
UK POSTAGE CHANGE.
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News for our European Customers. Our courier company has recently increased prices for delivery to mainland Europe, possibly in some kind of preparation for Brexit. This means that our shipping costs will increase, as we cannot afford to subsidise this service. We hope that customers will think that the increase is reasonable, and will continue to buy books.
We can obtain any of these listed in print Morning Sun books direct from the USA. All books are NEW, and we can supply both Hardback and Softback books.
Many of these titles are already available on the website, as either new or s/h copies.
PRICES: Softbacks all £40-£45, partly dependent on the £-$ exchange rate.
Hardbacks: MS have different prices dependent on when the book was published. Please ask for our price which reflects the published price but is partly dependent on the £-$ exchange rate.
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15/11/18 Don't forget we can get you any in-print title from Morning Sun, White River, Carstens, The Railroad Press, The C&O Historical Society, Signature Press, Withers, Garbely Publishing, Bob's Photo, The outer Station Project, Depot Square Publishing, Old Line Graphics, Shade Tree Books, Railroad Avenue Enterprises and more. You only have to ask...
18/10/18 Just over a week to "Union Station" the NMRA British Region Convention. Details of venue and times can be found here. Of course, we will be taking a great selection of new and second hand books, but as we always say: "We just can't bring everything". So if there is something you would like to look at, please contact us, and we'll make sure it's packed. We will be there from about 12 noon on Friday 26th, and will be open for business as soon as we have set up. We usually start to pack away early Sunday afternoon, giving you about 48 hours to browse and buy. We are happy to take pre-orders at the show: for example, Morning Sun have just released news of their plans for the first four months of 2019. And something very new for the 2018 Convention will be the world debut of "Flimsy Jack's Memorabilia Emporium", where Jack will be selling all manner of railroad ephemera that isn't books: photographs, slides, timetables, brochures, plans, catalogues etc. All at very low prices only 50p or £1 !! Do drop in: you may find something of interest....
5/10/18 A few final tweaks to the website "redesign"in consultation with our designers, Welford Media. Now all the new categories are visible on all devices, including phones and tablets. At the bottom of the home page you can now link to our Facebook and Twitter pages, should that kind of thing appeal to you.