Posts Tagged ‘Railroad books’

Publishers Announce Books About Amtrak

April 26, 2021

Two publishers have announced the coming release of books tied to the 50th anniversary of Amtrak.

White River Productions said Fifty Years of Amtrak Trains will be a detailed summary of every route operated by Amtrak.

Authored by Bruce Goldberg and David Warner, the book will have 256 pages and numerous color and black and white photographs.

It is priced at $79.95 but is available for $70 at the publisher’s website through May 31.

A promotion for the book on the publisher’s website said many of the photographs have never been published.

Other illustrations will include route maps and illustrations of brochure art. The contents also include detailed tables showing train schedules and station stops at 10-year intervals.

Goldberg and Warner have written about Amtrak in previous works.

Warner was the co-auithor with Elbert L. Simon of Amtrak by the Numbers, a review of the passenger carrier’s locomotive and rolling stock rosters.

That book was published by White River in 2011.

Goldberg and Warner were co-author of The Metroliners, which was published by White River in 2016. He also authored a long out of press book titled Amtrak: The First Decade.

Ordering information about Fifty Years of Amtrak is available at

Indiana University Press plans to release in October Amtrak, America’s Railroad: Transportation’s Orphan and Its Struggle for Survival, by Geoffrey Doughty, Jeffrey Darbee and Eugene Harmon.

A publisher’s summary said the book explores how Amtrak’s has been a company hindered by its flawed origin and unequal quality of leadership, subjected to political gamesmanship and favoritism, and mired in a perpetual philosophical debate about whether it is a business or a public service.

The authors interviewed former Amtrak presidents and explore the current problems and issues facing the passenger carrier while offering proposed solutions.

The book concludes that Amtrak was created in the absence of a comprehensive national transportation policy but managed to survive its inherent flaws due to the public’s persistent loyalty.

The book has 264 pages and 42 color illustrations. It is priced at $40. The cover has yet to be displayed on the publisher’s website.

Ordering information is available at

Book About NKP 765 Released

June 5, 2020

A new book about Nickel Plate Road steam locomotive 765 has been published.

Written by Rich Melvin, 765! A 21st Century Survivor has 192 pages and more than 200 photographs, some of which have never been published.

The wide coffee table format work is available for sale at Melvin’s website, at

The book is selling for $59.85 in hardback and $49.95 in soft cover. Ingram Publisher Services handle production of the book.

The book can also be ordered at and various other booksellers.

On his website Melvin describes the book as a compilation of on the road stories. Melvin served as the operations manager for the 765 for 34 years and also was one of the locomotive’s engineers.

The locomotive is owned by the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society and has been a frequent visitor to the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.

Sanders to Appear at B&N Author Event

November 15, 2017

Akron Railroad Club President Craig Sanders will be participating in a local author exhibition on Saturday at the Barnes & Noble book store in Akron.

Sanders, whose book Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, was recently released by Fonthill Media, will be among 11 authors who will sign their books and discuss their work with B&N customers.

The authors will appear at tables on the upper level of the store located at 4015 Medina Road in the Fairlawn-Montrose area.

The B&N store has set up a Facebook page about the event:

Other authors and their books scheduled to be at the event are: Louise Richards, A Christmas Story a Day; Wes Locher, Unit 44; Anita Fox, Bobby’s Journeys…; Kristen Lepionka, The Last Place You Look; Mike & Janice Olszewski, Cleveland Radio Tales; Dave Bair, The Lasso; Carmen Williams, FitOverIt and That Too; Robert J. Roman, Ohio State Football: The Forgotten Dawn; Brendan Bowers, LeBron James vs The NBA; and Irv Korman, Antuan was Hear.

Sanders to do Book Signing in Westlake

October 27, 2017

Akron Railroad Club President Craig Sanders will be signing his new book Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad on Sunday between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble book store at Crocker Park in Westlake, Ohio.

The book store is located at 198 Crocker Park Boulevard

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad was released earlier this month by Fonthill Media and is being marketed by Arcadia Publishing.

It features 175 photographs of which all but three are in color. Most of the images were contributed by Akron Railroad Club.

The book uses text and photographs to tell the story of the CVSR from its launch in June 1975 as the Cuyahoga Valley Line.

Sanders is also scheduled to do a book signing on Nov. 18 at the Akron Barnes & Noble store between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.