Archive for the ‘Train Books’ Category

Andy Fletcher’s career as an artist started early. He began drawing trains—one of his first loves—from his own photos when he was still in school. All of his drawings are done by hand with a pencil and watercolor pens. Andy’s first engine to draw was BN’s 1991 “DESERT STORM” SD60M.

Then in 1992, Burlington Northern Railroad asked him to design their popular SD70MAC Executive color scheme. Altogether, Andy has drawn over 1,500 trains, from steam to modern diesel and cars, cabooses and other equipment. He has been commissioned to paint trains for railroads, railroad historical societies and museums.

Andy has epilepsy and was unable to draw from 2001-2007. During his hiatus from drawing trains, he did some watercolor paintings, but as soon as he was able, he came back to trains. People often ask, “Why trains?” and the answer is he just loves them.

He feels rewarded by the joy his drawings have brought others. His magnets and prints make great gifts and promotional items. If you are interested in having Andy draw a piece of equipment you can e-mail him for more information.

Here are a couple of excerpts from Andy:

Rocky Mount, North Carolina.  The year is 1952.  Spring is in the air.  The engineer blasts two sounds of whistle and the Atlantic Coast Line Florida Special gives its 7:10pm highball.  The train gains momentum.  Eager passengers await their vacations and loved ones along the southward trek.  Onto Fayetteville and Florence, through the night the Special rolls, onto its 11:25am arrival in Miami.

Coal Runs on Norfolk Southern’s Winston Salem District. One hundred cars of coal roll at Belews Creek, NC.  This is Norfolk Southern’s Winston-Salem District.  A pair of SD70M-2’s keep the southbound unit train on time as it rolls from Roanoke. Coal from the Appalachians rolls to the Carolinas.  Coal to power industry.  Coal to light the cities, to power the South.  Norfolk Southern rolls coal into North Carolina.  This is railroading on the Winston-Salem District.

To learn more about Andy Fletcher and to order prints, magnets, etc…..visit his incredible website at http://customtrains.org.

To order Andy’s book, “The ABC’s of America’s Railroads” …CLICK HERE! 

Stay Connected!
images  twitter_logo  youtube 

Bookmark and Share
Advertisements

The following are books on railroading and Western America by Lucius Beebe or Lucius Beebe and his partner. Charles Clegg.

1. High Iron: A Book of Trains. (New York: D. Appleton-Century Company, 1938).
2. Highliners: A Railroad Album (New York: Bonanza Books, 1940).
3. Trains in Transition (New York: Bonanza Books, 1941).
4. Highball: A Pageant of Trains ( New York: Bonanza Books, 1945)
5. The Narrow Gauge Railroads of Colorado (Railway & Locomotive Historical Society Bulletin
No. 671, August 1946).
6. Mixed Train Daily: A Book of Short-Line Railroads. (Berkeley, CA: Howell-North, 1947).
7. Virginia City & Truckee: A Story of Virginia City and Comstock Times (Oakland, CA:
Grahame H. Hardy, 1949).
8. U.S. West: The Saga of Wells Fargo (New York: Dutton, 1949).
9. Legends of the Comstock Lode (Oakland, CA: Grahame H. Hardy,1950).
10. Cable Car Carnival (Oakland, CA: Grahame H. Hardy,1951).
11. Hear the Train Blow: A Pictorial Epic of America in the Railroad Age (New York: Dutton,
1952)
12. Comstock Commotion: The Story of the Territorial Enterprise and Virginia City News
(New York: Dutton, 1954).

READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE

 
Stay Connected!
images  twitter_logo  youtube 
Bookmark and Share

Little Red Caboose

This is another children’s book about trains that I grew up with. It’s still as popular today as it was 30 years ago.

The story helps improve self-worth as the little red caboose is sad about never getting waves from people like the big steam engine or other cars.

One day as the train starts it’s way up a tall mountain, the train starts to slip and the little red caboose throws on the brakes and works hard to keep the train from sliding down the mountain or derailing.

It manages to hold on long enough for 2 steam engines to come to the rescue and push the train up and over the mountain. So, the little red caboose sves the day and ends up becoming the most p0pular part of the train.

Probably the best lesson here is that you’re never too small to make a difference in life.

Children’s books about trains are magical because of the stories and images that manage to stay in our heads for decades. It’s hard to believe this book was first published in 1952, but I remember loving it as a child…and my 7-year old has loved it since he was born.

ORDER THE LITTLE RED CABOOSE

 
Stay Connected!
images  twitter_logo  youtube 

Bookmark and Share

Source: www.iberkshires.com

Picture1

By Phyllis McGuire
Special to iBerkshires

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Some boys never grow up, Brian A. Donelson freely admits when talking about his passion for trains and model railroads.

“It was in 1946 that I got a Lionel train for Christmas from my parents,” said Donelson. Asked if he still has that train, he replied, “Sure do!”

From his Shelburne Falls childhood, he “knew the ‘Hoot, Toot and Whistle Railroad,'” using the local nickname for the long-defunct Hoosac Tunnel and Wilmington Railroad.

Now 70, the railroad buff is hoping to share some of his love for trains with “The Coming of the Train,” the first in a two-volume set on the history and importance of rail in the region.

About 10 years ago, his concern that the history of the railroad was being forgotten sparked an interest in gathering information that he could share with historical societies — and anyone else who would appreciate the knowledge. As he became immersed in extensive research, however, the seeds of  “The Coming of the Train” was planted in his mind. 
 
“I wanted it to be more than a railroad book. In order to convey the importance of the Hoosac Tunnel and Wilmington Railroad, its impact on the industries and the people of the upper Deerfield River Valley needed to be understood,” Donelson writes in the book’s foreword.

READ MORE

Visit TarheelTrains.com!

images  twitter_logo

Bookmark and Share

jacket

This legendary train book by celebrated author, Virginia Lee Burton, is a fun story about a steam engine named “Choo-Choo” who isn’t content and wants to show off.  The engine is tired of pulling heavy coaches and wants to run by herself so everyone can see how shiny and fast she is. The story then continues to describe Choo-Choo’s adventure as she runs away. The book is beautfully illustrated and makes for a fun read for any train fan with it’s captivating and imaginative story line.

Purchase Choo-Choo Online!

Bookmark and Share

Ah…another incredible children’s book about trains. They seem to just keep on coming, which is fine with me. This one again dates back to the 1950’s. I remember it well.

Bookmark and Share

This is the wonderful story of how the engineer’s cap came into existence. Mr. Puffer Bill tried many different types of hats that were supposed to keep his head and ears warm, but none worked until he stitched up his own creation that became commonplace engineer attire all over the world. This story is very well-illustrated and the pictures bring back memories from my childhood. Golden Books has always done such a fine job with trains. I wonder if they need any help?

This is another one of those train books that I grew up with. It’s a great story about a little freight train that was unappreciated by the big excursion trains. It went along it’s merry way collecting freight cars and delivering goods until one day the big, bad excursion train had broken down. All the passengers climbed on board the little freight train who brought them all home safely to the station. The little freight train had saved the day.

 

The illustrations in this book are awesome. It displays the freight train going from stop to stop to pick up tank cars, box cars, flat cars and more. My favorite is the camp site that it travels through. This train book dates back to the 1950’s.

Bookmark and Share