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Diesel locomotives - USA: books - history and types

Illustrated books on the history, types and technology of American diesel locomotives.

Guide to North American Diesel Locomotives

Jeff Wilson's book, Guide to North American Diesel Locomotives, offers more than 300 pages of detailed information on diesel locomotives produced in North America from the 1930s to today. It is an important reference for railfans and model railroaders alike.

An essential guide for model railroaders and train enthusiasts, this comprehensive reference book includes:
- All-time rosters for more than 100 major railroads in the U.S. and Canada through the 1970s
- Spotting features on all major locomotive types produced
- Characteristics and operation of diesel locomotives
- New and updated material (text, charts and, photos)
- 400 color / black & white photos
- And much more!

Author:Jeff Wilson
Specs:306 pages, 27.5 x 21 x 1.6 cm / 10.8 x 8.25 x 0.63 in, paperback
Illustrations:400 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Kalmbach Publishing Company (USA, 2017)
Book: Guide to North American Diesel Locomotives

Guide to North American Diesel Locomotives

Language: English

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North American Locomotives - A railroad-to-railroad Photohistory

This invaluable volume spans more than 150 years of locomotive technology to examine the wide variety of steam, diesel, and electric locomotives that have powered ninety North American railroads, past and present, through the decades.
Since locomotive-building has long been a made-to-order business, the book is arranged alphabetically by railroad to give you a better understanding of how specific technologies suited specific needs.

The railroads featured range from the best-known historic lines, such as the Canadian Pacific, Santa Fe, Union Pacific, and Baltimore & Ohio, to today's giant Class I roads, commuter lines, and selected short lines.
The result is a beautifully presented reference guide that features more than 400 locomotive gems, including historic machines such as New York Central's J3a Hudsons, Pennsylvania Railroad's GG1 electrics, and EMD's classic E- and F-Units, to today's most powerful modern diesels.

All the major builders - past and present - are represented, including such heavyweights as Baldwin, Alco, Lima, EMD, GE, and more.

Author:Brian Solomon
Specs:288 pages, 30.5 x 25.5 cm / 12 x 10 in, hardback
Illustrations:161 b&w and 254 colour photographs
Publisher:Crestline Books (USA, 2018)
Book: North American Locomotives - A railroad-to-railroad Photohistory

North American Locomotives - A railroad-to-railroad Photohistory

Language: English

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Locomotives : The Modern Diesel and Electric Reference (Second Edition)

The definitive photographic reference for the North American rail fan. It covers all mainline locomotive models built for North American railroads from the mid-1970s onward.
This revised and expanded edition includes data on all the new locomotive models built from 2007 to January 2015, including the latest electrics from Siemens and Tier 4 locomotives from General Electrics.

Containing 32 new pages, and over 300 photographs of more than 120 models, this remarkable large-format reference covers every locomotive manufacturer. Greg McDonnell provides concise yet comprehensive information on each model, along with easy-to-read tables of production totals, build dates and mechanical specifications.

Author:Greg McDonnell
Specs:272 pages, 25.5 x 28 cm / 10 x 11 in, paperback
Illustrations:300 colour photographs
Publisher:Firefly Books Ltd (CDN, 2015)
Book: Locomotives : The Modern Diesel and Electric Reference (Second Edition)

Locomotives : The Modern Diesel and Electric Reference (Second Edition)

Language: English

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Evolution of the American Diesel Locomotive

The diesel locomotive sent shock waves through rigid corporate cultures and staid government regulators. For some, the new technology promised to be a source of enormous profits; for others, the railroad industry seemed a threat to their very livelihoods.
"Evolution of the American Diesel Locomotive" introduces the reader to the important technological advances that gave rise to diesel engines, examining not only their impact on locomotive design, but also their impact on the economic and social landscapes.

J. Parker Lamb describes the development of these technologies, allowing the reader to fully understand how they were integrated and formed a commercially successful locomotive. Like its companion volume, Perfecting the American Steam Locomotive (IUP, 2003), this book emphasizes the role of the leading engineers whose innovations paved the way for critical breakthroughs. Rail fans will appreciate this authoritative work.

Author:J. Parker Lamb
Specs:200 pages, 28.5 x 22 x 1.7 cm / 11.2 x 8.7 x 0.67 in, hardback
Illustrations:160 b&w photographs, 15 drawings
Publisher:Indiana University Press (USA, 2007)
Book: Evolution of the American Diesel Locomotive

Evolution of the American Diesel Locomotive

Language: English

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Baldwin Diesel-Electric Switching Locomotives Operator's Manual: 750-1000 HP Switchers & Road Switchers

For almost a century, The Baldwin Locomotive Works was the world's premiere builder of steam locomotives. The years after WWII saw the company founder, as wartime production restrictions and poor planning delayed the company's entry into the diesel market.
Baldwin eventually did produce a number of diesel locomotives, including transfer and cab units and the four-axle 750 and 1,000 hp switchers and road switchers profiled in this booklet.
By 1956, the company could no longer compete with its rivals, and it stopped producing locomotives altogether. Its dissolution was a sad end for a once-mighty company, and symbolized the end of the steam era.

Originally published by Baldwin in 1949, this historic operator's manual was standard issue for the engineers operating four-axle 750 and 1,000 hp switchers and road switchers. Within its pages you 'll find information about the engine's fuel oil, air, and electrical systems as well as basic operating information and troubleshooting procedures.

Author:The Baldwin Locomotive Works
Specs:38 pages, 20.5 x 12.5 x 0.2 cm / 8.1 x 4.9 x 0.08 in, paperback
Illustrations:illustrated
Publisher:Periscope Film (USA, 2011)
Book: Baldwin Diesel-Electric Switching Locomotives Operator's Manual: 750-1000 HP Switchers & Road Switchers

Baldwin Diesel-Electric Switching Locomotives Operator's Manual: 750-1000 HP Switchers & Road Switchers

Language: English

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The Diesel That Did It - General Motors' FT Locomotive

As war loomed in 1939, American railroads were on the precipice of railroad transformation. In an obscure factory in La Grange, Illinois, a group of gifted engineers and designers were planning a revolution that would shake railroading to its foundations and eventually put the steam locomotive out of business. Their creation, the FT, was a diesel-electric, semi-streamlined freight engine.
The FT would establish a new standard for reliability, flexibility, and cost, but its arrival unsettled many railroad employees and gave fresh ammunition to their labor unions, who believed that it threatened a century-old culture.

Wallace W. Abbey's "The Diesel That Did It" is the story of a revolution. He explores how EMC (and its successor Electro-Motive Division of General Motors) conceived the FT, and how it ultimately emerged as the dominant locomotive power plant for 20 years.
However, for Abbey, the history of the Santa Fe Railway and the FT go hand in hand. "The Diesel That Did It" also offers a penetrating look at how the great American railroad, at the height of its Super Chief glamor, threw its conservative mechanical traditions aside to bet big on the diesel.

Showcasing more than 140 exquisite photographs by Abbey and other noted photographers, this book is a captivating story not to be missed by railroaders and railfans.

Author:Wallace W. Abbey
Specs:209 pages, 26 x 26 x 1.9 cm / 10.25 x 10.25 x 0.75 in, hardback
Illustrations:140+ b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Indiana University Press (USA, 2022)
Book: The Diesel That Did It - General Motors' FT Locomotive

The Diesel That Did It - General Motors' FT Locomotive

Language: English

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EMD Early Road Switchers - GP7-GP20 Locomotives (TrainTech)

General Motors' Electro-Motive Division rapidly moved to become the leader in diesel-electric technology. Its business practice and models essentially defined the design and operation of diesel locomotives in North America. Producing roughly 1,500 hp, Electro-Motive's famous 16-cylinder 567 diesel electric engine is at the heart of all GP7-GP20s.

This book is an authoritative and richly illustrated account of EMD's General Purpose models GP7-GP20. It details these early road switchers' place in history with more than 200 photos.

Author:Brain Solomon
Specs:110 pages, 28 x 21.5 x 0.5 cm / 11 x 8.5 x 0.2 in, paperback
Illustrations:200+ b&w photographs
Publisher:Specialty Press (USA, 2006)
Series:TrainTech
Book: EMD Early Road Switchers - GP7-GP20 Locomotives (TrainTech)

EMD Early Road Switchers - GP7-GP20 Locomotives

Language: English

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EMD F-Unit Locomotives (TrainTech)

In the 1940s and 1950s, American railroads made the historic transition from steam to diesel-electric power. At a time when railroads still relied on steam power for most service and diesels remained a novelty, Electro-Motive took the nation by storm with its distinctive-looking four-motor F-unit locomotives that echoed across America. The F unit soon became the standard diesel on many American railroads for over two decades.

This book covers the F from its humble beginnings, to a time when virtually every railroad operated F units, and beyond. It displays the F unit's distinctive livery in just about every setting across the American landscape with over 300 rare photographs. Feel the power of the 567 engine as you learn about their specifications in detail. Read about the challenges faced by this phenomenon in freight and passenger service, how they were overcome, and why the F unit is still regarded as one of the most fascinating locomotives in railroading.

Author:Brain Solomon
Specs:114 pages, 28 x 21.5 x 0.6 cm / 11 x 8.5 x 0.24 in, paperback
Illustrations:300+ b&w photographs
Publisher:Specialty Press (USA, 2005)
Series:TrainTech
Book: EMD F-Unit Locomotives (TrainTech)

EMD F-Unit Locomotives

Language: English

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