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Merrill Publishing Associates to Discontinue Books from Roy Campbell Collection

Merrill Publishing Associates announces that effective January 2018 it will cease production of its remaining line of books from the Roy Campbell Collection. Those books currently in production from this collection are:

  • The Speedliners
  • The Milwaukee Road Steam Era in Wisconsin, Vol. 1, The Main Line
  • The Milwaukee Road Steam Era in Wisconsin, Vol. 2, Secondary and Branch Lines
  • Wisconsin Shortline and Logging Steam

Dealer wholesale purchases will continue through December. After that these titles will be sold at retail only through the company website: www.merrillpublishingassociates.com, and at railroad meets until sold out.

All other titles will continue in production and sales, both wholesale and retail.

 

FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY!

BURLINGTON ROUTE STEAM
Photographs from the Roy Campbell Collection

Burlington Route SteamBack for a limited time and in limited quantity, BURLINGTON ROUTE STEAM, Photographs from the Roy Campbell Collection, published by Merrill Publishing Associates. Originally published from 2005 through 2012, when collection owner died and permission to publish from collection was lost. MPA has reached a limited time agreement to reissue a Revised Edition (administrative changes only, identical contents). ONLY 50 copies produced.   Absent extraordinary circumstances, THAT WILL BE ALL.
146 pages, 141 photos (each full page) of CB&Q steam locomotives plus map, soft cover perfect bound
$29.95 
$3.95 s/h; 5.5% tax for Wisconsin buyers

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WISCONSIN SHORTLINE & LOGGING STEAM
REISSUED WITH NEW, COLOR COVER

Wisconsin Shoreline - color coverThe State of Wisconsin in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries was crisscrossed by lines of large trunk line railroads, in particular the Chicago & Northwestern (C&NW)/Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha (CSPM&O)(The Omaha Road); Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul (then called the St. Paul Road, now known as the Milwaukee Road)(CM&StP); Soo Line and its merger partners; Chicago, Burlington & Quincy (CB&Q), and smaller portions of other lines. Where these lines bypassed regions or cities, short line railroads, usually locally owned, filled the void to serve local interests, usually agricultural or logging. Many private logging companies also operated their own railroads to bring logs from woods to mill, and finished lumber to trunk line connections. Roy Campbell’s photo collection includes numerous photos of locomotives of these often obscure short lines, as well as some private logging companies, and this book contains 158 steam locomotive photographs from the collection. Most have never been published. Locomotive histories, dates and places of photographs, and identities of photographers other than Campbell, where these things are known, are included. Brief histories of the lines and maps of their trackage are also provided, as almost all of these lines are now gone. They are loosely organized by geography and/or traffic commodities.

181 pages, 157 photos, 19 maps, table of contents and bibliography
Softcover perfect bound, $44.95
$3.95 s/h; 5.5% tax for Wisconsin buyers

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THE MILWAUKEE ROAD STEAM ERA IN WISCONSIN
Vol. 1: The Main Line

Main LineThe Milwaukee Road (Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul, later Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific) was second in railway mileage in its home state of Wisconsin, its maximum of 1,897.67 miles in 1914-17 being exceeded by the Chicago and North Western’s 2,253.78 miles during the same period. The railroad’s main line through the state, huge shops and yards in Milwaukee, and a penchant for designing unique, striking and colorful equipment gave it a presence far beyond its mileage. This volume of photos follows the Wisconsin portion of the Milwaukee Road’s Chicago-Twin Cities main line which entered from Illinois at Ranney and departed the state by crossing the Mississippi River at LaCrosse. The line hosted the railroad’s premiere passenger trains, from early Pioneer Limited and Day Express through Olympian and Columbian to the striking Hiawathas.

110 pages, 163 b&w photos, bibliography
Softcover perfect bound, $31.95
$3.95 s/h; 5.5% tax for Wisconsin buyers

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THE MILWAUKEE ROAD STEAM ERA IN WISCONSIN: Vol. 2: Secondary and Branch Lines

MLW-Road-Branch-Lines-250x193This volume of photos follows the Original Lines (the Milwaukee & Mississippi and related lines), Southern Wisconsin Lines (Racine & Southwestern, Mineral Point Line, and Janesville), The Old Line (original main line from Milwaukee to Portage and branches to the Fox Valley), the Milwaukee & Northern (lines north from Milwaukee to Green Bay and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula), The Valley Line (Wisconsin Valley lines), and miscellaneous branch lines (The former Kickapoo Valley & Northern, Viroqua Line, and Eau Claire Line). Where Volume 1 (The Main Line) featured the Milwaukee’s modern power, the secondary and branch lines in Volume 2 more often carried the road’s ubiquitous ten-wheelers and other smaller locomotives.

128 pages, 207 b&w photos, map, bibliography
Softcover perfect bound, $31.95
$3.95 s/h; 5.5% tax for Wisconsin buyers

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“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I have a lot of prototype books in my collection, with hundreds (thousands!) of photos, some good, some rather fuzzy or grainy, but no other book or books have the consistency of sharp, clear photos as the Campbell Collection and MPA’s printing of them.  Even though they’re black and white, I can still smell the “sulfury” smoke and steam, feel the heat, and hear the sounds of a living steam locomotive.” – from a Duluth, MN rail fan