Re: Handbook of American Railroads

Rob Kirkham <rdkirkham@...>

Thanks Larry. Its a few years late in publication from my model era (1946), but I think it would probably be useful to get one at some point.

Rob Kirkham

----- Original Message -----
From: "Larry Kline" <lndkline@...>
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Sent: Saturday, August 16, 2008 11:55 AM
Subject: [STMFC] Handbook of American Railroads

Rob Kirkham wrote:
A question: what is the Handbook of American Railroads - that's a new
one to me. Is it analogous to the ORER? Published how frequently?

The Handbook of American Railroads, by Robert G. Lewis, 1951, (First
Edition), Simmons-Boardman, New York. There is a short summary
including a map, mileage, revenue, expenditures, traffic and equipment
info. for 127 class one railroads. From the Intro: "This book has been
written to provide a single source of facts and information on each of
the 127 Class I railroads. These railroads comprise 181,311 piles of
road, or about 81 per cent of the total U.S. rail mileage. A
description of each railroad, highlighting information that is
prominent or of unusual interest, is accompanied with maps and
photographs." currently lists 5 copies of the 1951 edition
and 2 copies of the 1956 edition.

Simmons-Boardman publishes Railway Age and the Cyclopedias.
Simmons-Boardman currently publishes the Encyclopedia of North
American Railroads

Larry Kline
Pittsburgh, PA


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