Books – Steam Trains & Transportation

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 the collection’s owner died, 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
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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 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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C.M.ST.P & P. R.R. Route of the Hiawatha – Minneapolis to Milwaukee – Condensed Profile
Hiawatha CondensedCondensed track profile charts are engineering documents giving mile-by mile documentation of every aspect of a railroad’s right-of-way and track work: track layout, grades, curvature, bridgework, etc. On the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad (The Milwaukee Road) these were company documents issued by division. This profile book charts the Minneapolis-Milwaukee main line and branches in Minnesota and Wisconsin. As these documents are relatively scarce, Merrill Publishing Associates has chosen to reproduce this track profile chart to share with others interested in the Milwaukee Road.

7×10 inches
perfect bound
141 pages
$24.95 + $3.95 shipping
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C.M.ST.P & P. R.R. Wisconsin Division: Main Line (New Lisbon to Star Lake) Condensed Profile
Condensed WisconsinThe Wisconsin Valley Line extended from New Lisbon, Wisconsin to Star Lake, Wisconsin; from the 1880 purchase of the Wisconsin Valley Railroad until 1929 it was the Wisconsin Valley Division. This profile book charts the main line, plus the Gleason, New Wood, Pittsville, and Nekoosa branches. This is a reproduction of the relatively scarce, Jan. 1976 Wisconsin Division condensed profile chart.

7×10 inches
perfect bound
59 pages
$19.95 + $3.95 shipping
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Merrill Publishing Associates is now selling and distributing:

The Wisconsin Central in Illinois

by David J. Leider

The Wisconsin CentralTo many, the far eastern end of the Wisconsin Central is somewhat of a mystery. This book documents building to Chicago and the men who did it. Telling this story must include what was happening not only in Milwaukee and Chicago, but in the great banking centers of New York and Boston. It took money to build a railroad; how it was financed was just as important as the actual construction.

Review: “Painstakingly researched and scholarly written” – Ralph Wehlitz, MMR

 

8 1/2 x 11 inches
270 pages
hardbound with dust jacket
49 maps, 90 photographs, 67 illustrations
Retail: $49.95
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Nobody Walks Now-A-Days:
The Merrill Railway & Lighting Company

By Thomas E. Burg

Adobe Photoshop PDF

Merrill, Wisconsin, was among the earliest cities in Wisconsin to use electrically powered street cars. This book tells the history of the privately owned Merrill Railway and Lighting Company, which operated a 1 5/8 mile trolley line from 1890 until 1921, including one of the first “trackless trolleys” in the U.S.

11” x 8 1/2”
Retail price $29.95
108 pages, 103 photos$3.95 shipping
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C.M.ST.P. & P.R.R. Standard Roadway, Station and Highway Crossing Signs

COVER-Crossing-signs300x211A reproduction of the original, the engineering department of the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad (Milwaukee Road) issued this guide of standards for trackside signage in 1937. It includes standard letterings and numerals, construction specifications and location of signs along the right of way.


7 x10 perfect bound.
40 pages of engineering drawings, with index.
$19.95; $3.95 S/H for U.S. customers
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The Milwaukee Road, 1847-1939

Milwaukee Road 1847-1939 A reproduction of the original, the Public Relations Department of the Milwaukee Road issued this booklet in 1939. It provides the history of lines built and acquired to create its rail system, with maps of trackage in each state served.

Merrill Publishing Associates has reproduced this booklet for the pleasure of Milwaukee Road fans unable to own an original.

 

8 1/2 x 11 perfect bound. $24.95; $3.95 S/H for U.S. customers.
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The SPEEDLINERS: The Milwaukee Road’s Hiawatha Steam Locomotives

speedliner COVER websiteThe SPEEDLINERS, The Milwaukee Road’s Hiawatha Steam Locomotives, edited by Thomas E. Burg, is a joint venture of Merrill Publishing Associates (MPA) and the Milwaukee Road Historical Association (MRHA).

The 114 page book contains 149 photographs from the Roy Campbell Collection, most never before published, of the Milwaukee Road’s streamlined steam locomotives (A class Atlantics, F7 class Hudsons, G class ten-wheelers, and F class Pacifics, plus its brightly painted conventional Pacifics used as protection).

 

Retail price: $29.95
8 1/2 x 11
114 pages
149 black & white photos
roster, bibliography

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Route of the Northwoods Hiawatha:
The Milwaukee Road’s Wisconsin Valley Line

Route of the Northwoods HiawathaEdited by Thomas E. Burg and Bob Storozuk

ISBN: 978-0-9795752-9-7

“Route of the Northwoods Hiawatha” documents the length of the Milwaukee Road’s Wisconsin Valley line from Tomah and New Lisbon to Star Lake and beyond. It also provides chronology for the line from the 1870s until the 1985 Soo line succession to the remaining property. The line hosted the colorful streamlined North Woods Hiawatha. The publication is a joint production of the Milwaukee Road Historical Association, Marathon County Historical Society and Merrill Publishing Associates. 194 b&w photos, map, timetable and bibliography. Product type: Paperback, 8.5” x 11”, 113 pages. The cover features a painting by American Western and railroad artist R.E. Pierce of Tigard, Oregon. (See more of his work at www.repiercestudio.com).

REVIEWS: “The new Hiawatha book is a home run!” – JT Great book” – JG and GE “This could be the best book yet on the history of the valley line.” – DC “It already has a special place on my book shelf – if I could only leave it there!” – RS

Book: $29.95 (+$3.95 shipping to continental U.S. addresses)

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Lake Michigan to Puget SoundLake Michigan to Puget Sound: Electrically through the Rockies, Bitter Root and Cascade Mountains Along the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway

The Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway opened its Pacific Extension in 1909. The color illustrations shown in this publication were made by special artists from photographs taken along its route. This exclusive color booklet was issued by the railroad ca. 1915-20. Merrill Publishing Associates has reproduced it for the pleasure of Milwaukee Road fans unable to own an original. Beautifully reproduced from the original. 8”x11”, perfect bound, 22 color photos, map and introduction.

Book: $24.95 (+$3.95 shipping to continental U.S. addresses)

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C.M.ST.P&P.R.R condensed track profileCondensed Track Profile for C.M.ST.P.&P.R.R.,
Idaho Division
(reproduction of original)

Condensed track profile charts are engineering documents giving mile-by-mile documentation of every aspect of a railroad’s right-of-way and trackwork: track layout, grades, curvature, bridgework, etc. On the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad (the Milwaukee Road), these were company documents issued by division. The Idaho Division extended from Avery, Idaho, adjacent to the Rocky Mountain Division, to Othello, Washington where it connected with the Coast Division. In addition to the main line, it included the Spokane passenger line, and Elk River, Metaline Falls, Coeur d’Alene, Moses Lake and Marcellus branches. As these documents are relatively scarce, Merrill Publishing Associates has chosen to reproduce the 1953 Idaho Division condensed track profile chart to share with others interested in the Milwaukee Road.

Book: $24.95 (+$3.95 shipping to continental U.S. addresses)

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Davenport Locomotive Works (Book)

Davenport Locomotive Works book coverSelected excerpts from “Davenport Locomotive Works Rod Locomotive Catalog”, Tenth edition, twenty-fifth anniversary (ca. 1927) and “Catalogue of Davenport Steam Locomotive Repair Parts”, Davenport Locomotive & Manufacturing Corporation (ca. 1930-1933). The catalogs illustrate the line of locomotives produced by the Davenport Locomotive Works and successor companies, Davenport, Iowa. Introduction by Thomas E. Burg, Bibliography, 107 pages perfect bound.

Reviews: “If you have an interest in modeling small steam locomotives or in their history, you will find Davenport Locomotive Works to be an affordable and useful addition to our library.” – Railroad Model Craftsman Read entire review

“These well-done reprints provide detailed insights into the product lines of a major industrial locomotive builder. The two diesel publications provided on the CD will be a particular interest to any museums, industries, or individuals who might still operate Davenport products.” – Railfan & Railroad Read entire review

Book: $19.95 (+$3.95 shipping to continental U.S. addresses)

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Milwaukee Road Historical Association Steam Locomotive Series

In addition to our own publications, Merrill Publishing Associates has worked in conjunction with the Milwaukee Road Historical Association on a series of ten books. Check for availability.

Volume 1: Milwaukee Road Steam Locomotives S Class Northerns
Volume 2: Milwaukee Road Steam Locomotives F6 Class Hudsons
Volume 3: Milwaukee Road Steam Locomotives F-1-F5 Class Pacifics
Volume 4: Milwaukee Road Steam Locomotives J, I and D Class Switchers
Volume 5: Milwaukee Road Steam Locomotives L Class Mikados
Volume 6: Milwaukee Road Steam Locomotives C Class Consolidations
Volume 7: Milwaukee Road Steam Locomotives B and G Class Ten-Wheelers
Volume 8: Milwaukee Road Steam Locomotives Transition Designs, A Class Atlantics and K Class Prairies
Volume 9: Milwaukee Road Steam Locomotives Pre-classification 4-4-0 Americans
Volume 10: The SPEEDLINERS: The Milwaukee Road’s Hiawatha Steam Locomotives

To check for availability, go to www.mrha.com

 

Partner Publications:

Members of the MPA team have been independently involved in a number of books published throughout the years on a variety of topics. These books are not published by MPA but ones that we support and recognize for their value as publications carefully researched and thoughtfully written.

White Pine RouteWHITE PINE ROUTE The History of the Washington, Idaho and Montana Railway Company
By Thomas E. Burg

ISBN: 0-9643647-8-6

The Washington, Idaho and Montana (WI&M) Railway was built in 1905-1907 to access the world’s finest stand of white pine. The fifty-mile line from Palouse, Washington, to Bovill, Idaho, was the Potlatch Lumber Company’s conveyance for timber to mill, cut lumber to outside connections, and the artery of commerce for the region. The road carried so much white pine that it adopted the nickname, the White Pine Route. White Pine Route tells the history of the WI&M through its independent period (1905-1962), as a wholly owned subsidiary of the Milwaukee Road (1962-1980), as the WI&M Branch of the Burlington Northern (1980-1996), and as the WI&M Industrial Lead of the Palouse River and Coulee City Railroad (1996-present). Available through the Museum of North Idaho or the Washington, Idaho & Montana Railway History Preservation Group (www.wimryhpg.com).