Titles by Garrigues House, Publishers

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Garrigues House is a small publishing house specializing in Pennsylvania railroads, mining and moving coal in Pennsylvania, local history, and a number of other local history projects.  Our titles cover subjects that include:

American Artists

American Canals

The Lehigh and New England Railroad

The Lehigh Valley Railroad

Mining and Moving Coal in Pennsylvania

Other Railroads in the United States (Not Pennsylvania)

Pennsylvania History, Titles A-O

Pennsylvania History, Titles R-Z

Railroads in Pennsylvania (not the Lehigh and New England, The Lehigh Valley, or The Reading)

The Reading Railroad

Special/Sale Books

These sections are included, in order, in the following entries.  We ship all of our books in custom cardboard containers and always ship for free in the Continental United States.  All major credit cards are accepted, as well as PayPal.  You may call 570-204-2906 or email wil@weatherhillfarm with questions or an order.

The Lehigh and New England Railroad

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The following titles are found in our selection of books covering The Lehigh and New England Railroad.  As always, the purchase price includes all applicable taxes and free shipping anywhere in the Continental U.S. in our custom made shipping boxes.

The Lehigh and New England Railroad: A Color Retrospect by Douglas Lilly.

The Lehigh and New England Railroad: A Color Retrospect by Douglas Lilly.  Hardbound, copyright 1988. 136 pages. 1989 Gold Award for Best of Category – Historical. A comprehensive look at an intriguing line. Absolutely filled with color photographs.

Chapters include Bethlehem to Tadmor, The Catasaqua Branch, Tadmor, Tadmor to Martin’s Creek, Benders Junction to Tadmor, Pen Argyl Shops, Pen Argyl to the Anthracite Region, Equipment, Pen Argyl to Hainesburg Junction, Across New Jersey, Through Orange County to the New England Gateway, Faces of the LNE, Fan trips, The Aftermath, Snow, What’s Left of the LNE, Diesel Development on the LNE, and Selected LNE/LC&N Reading.

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Only Yesterday on the Lehigh & New England Railroad:  A Photographic Remembrance by Robert F. Fischer.

Only Yesterday on the Lehigh & New England Railroad:  A Photographic Remembrance by Robert F. Fischer.Hardbound, copyright 2004, 2008.

“It seems like only yesterday when engines adorned with blazing, red center, circular heralds blasted out of Panther Creek Valley, crossed eastern Pennsylvania, the Lehigh River, and Delaware River to New Jersey hauling endless hopper car loads of black diamonds destined for Maybrook, NY, the railroad gateway to New England. The Coalfield, Slate Belt, and Cement Region are all photographically represented, as well as right-of-ways, stations, terminals, and branch lines along the L&NE’s entire east-west main line. Only Yesterday on the Lehigh & New England Railroad – A Photographic Remembrance is the most voluminous, most comprehensive, most meticulously researched photographic presentation revealing the L&NE ever offered. All aspects of the company are reviewed and illustrated, including corporate history, relationship to the Lehigh Coal & Navigation Company, development of the physical plant and rights-of-way, locomotives, passenger cars, revenue freight cars, and non revenue cars with emphasis on the 1947-1950 steam-diesel transition years…this is a no nonsense presentation that not only tells you, but also shows you!”.

– From the dust jacket of Only Yesterday on the Lehigh & New England Railroad – A Photographic Remembrance by Robert F. Fischer

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The Lehigh Valley Railroad

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The following titles are found in our selection of books covering The Lehigh Valley Railroad.  As always, the purchase price includes all applicable taxes and free shipping anywhere in the Continental U.S. in our custom made shipping boxes.

The Lehigh Valley Railroad East of Mauch Chunk by William T. Greenberg and Robert F. Fischer

          The Lehigh Valley Railroad East of Mauch Chunk by William T. Greenberg and Robert F. Fischer.  Hardbound, copyright 1997. 192 pages of great vintage photographs and interesting reading. 43 maps, charts, and diagrams. Chapters include The Grand Enterprise, The Pottsville Branch, The Easton & Northern Branch, A Tale of Two Bridges, Asa Packer’s Quest, Bellewood Park, The Ultimate Prize, National Docks Branch, and an appendix which includes a roster of marine equipment, list of interlockings, a bibliography, and an index. A great read full of interesting information on the Lehigh Valley Railroad.

Garrigues House did not publish this volume – We purchased the remaining print run many years ago. A unique opportunity to purchase this long out of print title at a very attractive price.

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Lehigh Valley Railroad The New York Division by Mike Bender

  “This book chronicles the last twenty or so years of the Lehigh Valley Railroad.  The author grew up along the Lehigh Valley mainline, and also worked for the railroad.  The book, written from a railroader’s perspective, gives the reader an insight into and appreciation of what it was like to work for and operate trains over The Route of the Black Diamond.

          The author and his brothers became friends with and were adopted by many of the Lehigh Valley family.  And because of this kinship, the reader will see many interesting views of railroaders at work that otherwise would not be possible.

          At many slide shows. the author had noted a lack of “people pictures”.  Since people were and still are what makes the railroad run, he concentrated much of his photo selection to include the people of the Lehigh Valley Railroad.

          Many distinguished photographers have contributed their work to this album of the LVRR’s declining years through which, hopefully, the reader will acquire a better understanding of what the waning years of a once-great railroad were like. 

          This book is not the typical run-of-the-mill color book about a railroad.  It is a book on the history of the people who ran this colorful and scenic line as seen through the eyes of someone who loved it.  The book is written as a tribute to the employees of the Lehigh Valley railroad.  It was their spirit and will that kept the railroad operating as l;ing as it did.  Not many railroads were blessed with such good people.

          So, read on – enjoy the scenery and colorful diesels – but always remember that it was the employees that made all this possible.”

-From the dust jacket of Lehigh Valley Railroad:  The New York Division by Mike Bednar.

Told in 152 pages, 290 color pictures, and 20 maps and other supporting materials.

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Lehigh Valley Railroad The Wyoming and Buffalo Divisions by Mike Bednar

          Lehigh Valley Railroad: The Wyoming and Buffalo Divisions by Mike Bednar.  Hardbound, copyright 2003.  144 pages with numerous color photographs throughout.

“This book chronicles the last 20 years or so of the Lehigh Valley Railroad between the terminals at Lehighton PA and the Buffalo and Niagara Falls gateways.  It is the companion book to Lehigh Valley Railroad: The New York Division published in 1993.  Both books, written from a railroader’s perspective, give the reader an insight into and appreciate of what it was like to work for and operate trains over “The Route of the Black Diamond”.

          The author and his brothers became friends with and were “adopted” by many of the Lehigh Valley family.  Through this kinship the reader will see many interesting views of the railroaders at work that may otherwise may not be possible.

          In addition to the Bednar boys, many distinguished photographers contributed to this tribute to the employees of the “Lehigh”.

          One thing the author discovered in compiling this chronicle on “the upper end” was that kinships like her experienced in the Catasaqua area existed over the entire railroad.  The reader will see this come forth through the photos of employees on the west end.  The Lehigh Valley was truly a unique line.

          This book is not the typical picture book o fate fascinating line but instead is a history of the declining years and the people who tried to keep the LVRR running.  It is a tribute to the employees of the Lehigh Valley and to their spirit.  Read on – enjoy the pictures – but always remember the employees who made it all possible.”

-From the dust jacket of Lehigh Valley Railroad: The Wyoming and Buffalo Divisions by Mike Bednar.

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The Reading Railroad

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The following titles are found in our selection of books covering The Reading Railroad.  As always, the purchase price includes all applicable taxes and free shipping anywhere in the Continental U.S. in our custom made shipping boxes.

Reading Diesels Volume 1: The First Generation by Dale W. Woodland 

          Reading Diesels Volume I by Dale W. Woodland.  Hardbound, copyright 1991.

“In Volume I the reader will become acquainted with the fascinating variety of diesel locomotives on the Reading between 1926 and 1961. The Reading had a variety unmatched by any other American railroad with units from AGEIR, Alco, EMD, Baldwin, and Fairbanks Morse. The reasons for the railroad’s switch from steam to diesel power will become obvious as the data accumulated by the Reading will show. This volume also chronicles the development of the diesel from yard switcher to road freight and road passenger service. A description of the tests performed on the Reading by demonstrator locomotives from each of the builders is also included. This book contains 215 color photographs, some of which were taken in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s. Train operation and roster information will aid those interested in knowing the story of the Reading in the post-World War II era. Photographs and data about dispositions of units to other railroads are included. Finally, data containing locomotive assignments, dates of service, and retirements will aid model railroaders who are serious about duplicating the operations of the Reading.”

– From the dustjacket of Reading Diesels Volume I by Dale W. Woodland

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 Reading Diesels Volume 2: The Second Generation by Dale W. Woodland

          Reading Diesels Volume II by Dale W. Woodland.  Hardbound, copyright 1995.

“This second volume of Reading Diesels describes the locomotives the Reading Railroad placed in service between 1962 and 1974. In addition, locomotives rebuilt by the Reading and the changes in locomotive classification and numbering introduced during these years are included. While the variety of locomotives in the second generation was less than that of the first, the new bright paint schemes were far more colorful. Studies are included that explain the rationale behind the switch to second generation locomotives. The Reading was the first railroad to purchase the EMD GP30, the first of the second generation diesel locomotives. In a less successful venture the reading also purchased the American Locomotive Company’s first C430 models and ceremoniously gave names to these two companies. A description of the Reading’s attempt to meet the challenges of declining passenger train ridership by acquiring a fleet of Budd Rail Diesel Cars in the 1960’s is examined. While many of the railroad’s locomotives shared features in common with locomotives from other railroads across the United States it had perhaps more than its share of locomotives with custom features. The unique drip strips, a feature which sets apart all Reading diesel locomotives, were applied to all second generation locomotives, continuing a practice that began when the Reading dieselized. An attempt has been made to update the existence and location of former Reading second generation diesels into the 1990’s. The book contains freight train symbols, schedules and locomotive tonnage ratings, as well as a look a what each locomotive was doing, and where it could be found, on June 30, 1969. This information should be especially useful for those modeling the Reading in this era. An interesting study made by the railroad of its six axle locomotives is included. The appendix of the book features and all-time diesel locomotive profile of Reading diesel locomotives from 1926 to 1976, a complete roster and a list of preserved Reading diesel locomotives.”

– From the dusjacket of Reading Diesels Volume II by Dale W. Woodland.

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 The Reading Railroad: History of a Coal Age Empire Volume 1: The Nineteenth Century by James L. Holton 

          The Reading Railroad: History of a Coal Age Empire Volume I: The Nineteenth Century by James Holton.  Hardbound, copyright 1989. Massive, well-researched 356 page volume filled with all things Reading.

“This book is about more than just one pioneer regional railroad. In telling the story of the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad – which found itself transformed from a modest local enterprise into the dominant carrier of anthracite just as that mineral became the essential fuel for the Industrial Revolution – the Reading history reflects the trials and triumphs that marked the young country’s phenomenal industrial growth in the middle years of the last century.  The complex study of this relatively small railroad company that became one of the nation’s first conglomerates and the wealthiest corporation in the world will require two volumes. The books are divided, quite naturally, by the turn of this century.

This first volume covers the painful beginning of the enterprise as the impoverished company wins dominance of the powerful Schuylkill Canal, through the years of spectacular expansion and the turbulent period of the 1870s when the company’s management was embroiled in successive bitter and sometimes bloody battles with the militant Molly Maguire movement, newborn labor unions, the great Pennsylvania Railroad and other anthracite railroads, English investors and stubborn coal mine operators. In the final decades of the century, the Reading suffered three disastrous failures, but escaped absorption by the great trunk lines largely because of the protection of the greatest financier of the time, J. Pierpont Morgan.

There were other titans of that era who also were deeply involved in the Reading’s affairs, some as allies, others as would-be suitors, and some as enemies: Andrew Carnegie, William K. Vanderbilt, Jay Gould, George B. Roberts, John D. Rockefeller, John Wannamaker and Chauncy Depew. The Reading also produced its own cast of colorful corporate characters, especially Frank B. Gowen and A.A. McLeod, presidents who were responsible for some of the company’s most spectacular excesses, as well as notable achievements.

The author – a product of a multi-generational Reading Railroad family – has drawn on a lifetime’s abiding interest in the “comp’ny”, as well as a half a century of experience as a nationally respected journalist to complete the first comprehensive history of the company. It is written in a vivid prose style that captures the drama and dynamics of the days when coal was king, and the Reading was its master.

Throughout the book, the author pays particular attention to the men of the Reading- the brass hats as well as the hoggers and tallow pots – to give the story of the Reading a human dimension seldom found in railroad books. At the same time, the Reading’s superb motive power fleet, largely the product of its own shops in Reading, receives generous attention, befitting the acclaim its innovative ideas won in the railroad world.

The colorful text is supplemented with 272 illustrations, plus 12 color plates, and 40 maps. Three of the color plates are paintings by the author.”

~From the dusjacket of The Reading Railroad: History of a Coal Age Empire Volume I: The Nineteenth Century by James Holton.

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PLEASE NOTE:  The Reading Railroad: History of a Coal Age Empire Volume I: The Nineteenth Century by James Holton is available in both this hardcover with dust jacket version and in a very limited edition format that incorporates gilded lettering on a leather bound cover and binding, housed in a matching slipcase. Garrigues House published a total of 50 of these volumes, each signed and numbered by the author.   We are down to approximately 3 copies each of this extremely limited edition of The Reading Railroad:

History of a Coal Age Empire Volume I: The Nineteenth Century and The Reading Railroad: History of a Coal Age Empire Volume II: The Twentieth Century.  Please call us if you would like to purchase either Volume I or Volume II in this slipcover edition.rrrvol1int

The Reading Railroad: History of a Coal Age Empire Volume II: The Twentieth Century by James L. Holton

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PLEASE NOTE:  The Reading Railroad: History of a Coal Age Empire Volume II: The Twentieth Century is no longer available in the standard hardbound with dustjacket.   The Reading Railroad: History of a Coal Age Empire Volume II: The Twentieth Century by James Holton is still available in a very limited edition format that incorporates gilded lettering on a leather bound cover and binding, housed in a matching slipcase. Garrigues House published a total of 50 of these volumes, each signed and numbered by the author.   We are down to approximately 3 copies each of this extremely limited edition of The Reading Railroad: History of a Coal Age Empire Volume II: The Nineteenth Century and The Reading Railroad: History of a Coal Age Empire Volume II: The Twentieth Century.  Please call us if you would like to purchase either Volume I or Volume II in this slipcover edition.

          “The Reading, one of the pioneer rail carriers in the United States, won national distinction for its innovative development of steam power – including some of the most powerful freight engines and fastest passenger locomotives on American rails – before the end of the nineteenth century. It also suffered through some of the most turbulent and violent episodes of that era as it became the major fuel pipeline for the industrial revolution. Those first 75 years of the company’s existence have been colorfully reported in Volume 1 of the Reading Railroad history, along with the adventures and personal stories of the fascinating cast of characters who controlled or were attracted to the company because of its monopoly over anthracite coal.

          In Volume 2, the author picks up the story of the Reading as it entered the twentieth century under the attack from the newly born American labor movement as well as a hostile Federal government which led to a historic confrontation between the president of the company and the President of the United States. A running battle with its arch-rival, the Pennsylvania Railroad, and sweeping technological and social changes in the country, prompted a new Reading management, under the prodding of J. Pierpont Morgan, to fundamentally restructure its operations. After a long court battle, the government forced the dissolution of the company’s Coal & Iron subsidiary.

          No longer a national leader in creating new motive power technology, the Reading won the attention of the industry by its conservative equipment policies, especially the rebuilding of older locomotives into remarkably efficient modern power. Financially, the Reading remained solvent through the depression of the 1930s, even electrifying most of its extensive Philadelphia commuter lines. As in the First War, the Reading played a vital strategic role in supporting the World War II effort.

          But, even as tonnage and passenger miles rose from that crisis, the handwriting was on the wall and, like the rest of the railroad industry in the northeast, the post-war Reading was facing a battle for its very survival. The political machinations, misjudgments and ironies which attended that grueling struggle and the eventual collapse and restructuring of railroading throughout the region are related, in many aspects, for the first time.

          As in Volume 1, the author – the product of four generations of Reading railroaders – dwells on the human side of the Reading story, illuminating the ups and downs of the historic railroad through the experiences of the men who ran it, from the company board room as well as in the engine cabs and interlocking towers.

         In addition to seven chronological chapters, there are separate chapters dealing with the Coal & Iron Co., the Reading Shops, the New Jersey Central RR and the major facilities on the Reading. The 452 pages of text are supplemented with 483 photos, 26 in color, plus 31 maps, charts, and other graphics.”

~ From the dust jacket of The Reading Railroad: History of a Coal Age Empire Volume II: The Twentieth Century by James Holton.

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Pennsylvania History, Titles A-O

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The following titles are found in our selection of books covering Pennsylvania history.  As always, the purchase price includes all applicable taxes and free shipping anywhere in the Continental U.S. in our custom made shipping boxes.

Anthracite and Slackwater: The North Branch Canal 1828-1901 by F. Charles Petrillo 

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Anthracite and Slackwater: The North Branch Canal 1828-1901 by F. Charles Petrillo

          Copyright 1986. 280 pages of history and photographs devoted to a complete historical treatment of the North Branch Canal. Some fantastic early photographs are included in this fascinating account of the canal that served the Wyoming Valley of Pennsylvania. Available in a soft cover or hardcover format, these books are new old stock.

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Very Limited Edition Hardcover: $28.75

 Anthracite Rebirth: Story of the Reading and Northern by Mike Bednar

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Anthracite Rebirth: Story of the Reading and Northern Railroad by Mike Bednar. Hardbound, copyright 1998. 124 pages, many, many color photographs and great writing by this former Reading and Northern locomotive engineer provide an incredibly unique perspective on this fascinating railroad. Chronicles the dramatic turn around of the company and it’s services throughout Pennsylvania’s hard coal region. Chapters include Background, Andy Muller, Jr. and the Early Years, Early Blue Mountain and Reading, The Reading Cluster: The Coal Regions, The Winter from Hell: Winter 1993-1994, The Business Boom, A Regional Rail Line Becomes Reality, The Future, The Family, and Locomotive Roster.

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Ben Austrian, Artist by Geoffrey D. Austrian 

Ben Austrian, Artist by Geoffrey D. Austrian.

A biography of artist Ben Austrian (1870-1921), a Pennsylvania artist made internationally famous as a result of his “chick paintings” used by Bon Ami cleanser. Not surprisingly, the artist’s talents run much deeper. A rapturous look at his life and career, complete with an impressive collection of paintings reproduced in stunning detail.

Chapters include Getting to Know Uncle Ben, An Uncertain Start, Barnyard, Kennel and Stall, Game Hanging on a Wall, A Studio in Paris, A Girl Named Molly, The Bon Ami Chick, and Woods, Ponds, and Streams.

Hardbound, copyright 1997. 120 pages with an extensive representation of the artist’s works.

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The Death of a Great Company by W. Julian Parton 

  •           The Death of A Great Company by W. Julian Parton.  Soft cover, Copyright 1986, 123 pages of black and white photos, maps, consolidated balance sheets and lots of information. “The Old Company” as it was known to the coal industry, one of the oldest companies in the United States whose founders were among the most significant contributors to the development of America, ceased to exist. Why after 150 years of growth? What went awry that caused this company to be put to rest? This is the story of Old Company’s Lehigh, the founding years and growth of the company. However, special emphasis is placed on the final active years when one thing after another went wrong, leading to the liquidation of virtually all its assets and the untimely death of a great company.

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A Field Guide to the Carriage Barns and Houses of Lewisburg by Edith and James Mauch

Just Released!  A Field Guide to the Carriage Barns and Houses of Lewisburg, by Edith and James Mauch.

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A new Edith & Her Dad venture to support local charities.  A Field Guide to the Carriage Barns and Houses of Lewisburg examines the historic carriage barns and carriage houses of the borough of Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, employing over 100 pages and 230 photographs to do so.  Included is a chapter on timber framing as the preferred method of construction of 19th century borough carriage houses, carriage house forensics, and a site overview of over 80 borough carriage houses, including the McClure barn (once used to house fugitive slaves), a carriage barn that is actually a large ice house, a carriage barn that was disassembled, moved, the re-erected, and several which have been lost over time.

As with all Edith & Her Dad ventures, this field guide is being sold to support local charities.  100% of the proceeds of the sale of this book are divided equally among the Packwood House Museum, the William Cameron Engine Company, and the Eastern Union County Food Bank.

Softcover, 103 pages, over 230 photographs.

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 Josiah White, Quaker Entrepreneur by Norris Hansell

Josiah White Quaker Entrepreneur by Norris Hansell.  Hardbound, 172 pages, copyright 1992.

“Josiah White is known to historians as a man of vision, a man whose determination and engineering skills enabled him and his partner, Eriskine Hazard, to create one of America’s pioneering coal transportation systems. He is remembered as a builder of might locks and dams, a railroad that used gravity for propulsion, and delicate iron bridges. Yet Josiah White the family man, the devoted Quaker, the farseeing philanthropist, had been lost to twentieth-century Americans until the publication of Norris Hansell’s Josiah White: Quaker Entrepreneur. In this work, Dr. Hansell has exposed the complete man and revealed to modern readers a Josiah White who possessed many fascinating qualities including sharp powers of observation of the events and conditions of his times. Dr. Hansell reveals Josiah White’s continuing impact on modern America not only through the continuing transportation revolution that he originally helped set in motion, but also through the charitable institutions he founded that continue to serve mankind.”

– From the Introduction to Josiah White Quaker Entrepreneur by Norris Hansell

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The Lehigh and New England Railroad: A Color Retrospect by Douglas E. Lilly 

 The Lehigh and New England Railroad: A Color Retrospect by Douglas Lilly.  Hardbound, copyright 1988. 136 pages. 1989 Gold Award for Best of Category – Historical. A comprehensive look at an intriguing line. Absolutely filled with color photographs.

Chapters include Bethlehem to Tadmor, The Catasaqua Branch, Tadmor, Tadmor to Martin’s Creek, Benders Junction to Tadmor, Pen Argyl Shops, Pen Argyl to the Anthracite Region, Equipment, Pen Argyl to Hainesburg Junction, Across New Jersey, Through Orange County to the New England Gateway, Faces of the LNE, Fan trips, The Aftermath, Snow, What’s Left of the LNE, Diesel Development on the LNE, and Selected LNE/LC&N Reading.

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The Lehigh Valley Railroad East of Mauch Chunk by William T. Greenberg and Robert F. Fischer 

          The Lehigh Valley Railroad East of Mauch Chunk by William T. Greenberg and Robert F. Fischer.  Hardbound, copyright 1997. 192 pages of great vintage photographs and interesting reading. 43 maps, charts, and diagrams. Chapters include The Grand Enterprise, The Pottsville Branch, The Easton & Northern Branch, A Tale of Two Bridges, Asa Packer’s Quest, Bellewood Park, The Ultimate Prize, National Docks Branch, and an appendix which includes a roster of marine equipment, list of interlockings, a bibliography, and an index. A great read full of interesting information on the Lehigh Valley Railroad.

Garrigues House did not publish this volume – We purchased the remaining print run many years ago. A unique opportunity to purchase this long out of print title at a very attractive price.

OUR PRICE: $35.00 SALE $25.00 (includes free shipping in the Continental U.S. and all applicable sales tax).

Lehigh Valley Railroad: The New York Division by Mike Bednar

  “This book chronicles the last twenty or so years of the Lehigh Valley Railroad.  The author grew up along the Lehigh Valley mainline, and also worked for the railroad.  The book, written from a railroader’s perspective, gives the reader an insight into and appreciation of what it was like to work for and operate trains over The Route of the Black Diamond.

          The author and his brothers became friends with and were adopted by many of the Lehigh Valley family.  And because of this kinship, the reader will see many interesting views of railroaders at work that otherwise would not be possible.

          At many slide shows. the author had noted a lack of “people pictures”.  Since people were and still are what makes the railroad run, he concentrated much of his photo selection to include the people of the Lehigh Valley Railroad.

          Many distinguished photographers have contributed their work to this album of the LVRR’s declining years through which, hopefully, the reader will acquire a better understanding of what the waning years of a once-great railroad were like. 

          This book is not the typical run-of-the-mill color book about a railroad.  It is a book on the history of the people who ran this colorful and scenic line as seen through the eyes of someone who loved it.  The book is written as a tribute to the employees of the Lehigh Valley railroad.  It was their spirit and will that kept the railroad operating as l;ing as it did.  Not many railroads were blessed with such good people.

          So, read on – enjoy the scenery and colorful diesels – but always remember that it was the employees that made all this possible.”

-From the dust jacket of Lehigh Valley Railroad:  The New York Division by Mike Bednar.

Told in 152 pages, 290 color pictures, and 20 maps and other supporting materials.

OUR PRICE: $52.50 (includes free shipping in the Continental U.S. and all applicable sales tax).

Lehigh Valley Railroad: The Wyoming and Buffalo Divisions by Mike Bender

          Lehigh Valley Railroad: The Wyoming and Buffalo Divisions by Mike Bednar.  Hardbound, copyright 2003.  144 pages with numerous color photographs throughout.

“This book chronicles the last 20 years or so of the Lehigh Valley Railroad between the terminals at Lehighton PA and the Buffalo and Niagara Falls gateways.  It is the companion book to Lehigh Valley Railroad: The New York Division published in 1993.  Both books, written from a railroader’s perspective, give the reader an insight into and appreciate of what it was like to work for and operate trains over “The Route of the Black Diamond”.

          The author and his brothers became friends with and were “adopted” by many of the Lehigh Valley family.  Through this kinship the reader will see many interesting views of the railroaders at work that may otherwise may not be possible.

          In addition to the Bednar boys, many distinguished photographers contributed to this tribute to the employees of the “Lehigh”.

          One thing the author discovered in compiling this chronicle on “the upper end” was that kinships like her experienced in the Catasaqua area existed over the entire railroad.  The reader will see this come forth through the photos of employees on the west end.  The Lehigh Valley was truly a unique line.

          This book is not the typical picture book o fate fascinating line but instead is a history of the declining years and the people who tried to keep the LVRR running.  It is a tribute to the employees of the Lehigh Valley and to their spirit.  Read on – enjoy the pictures – but always remember the employees who made it all possible.”

-From the dust jacket of Lehigh Valley Railroad: The Wyoming and Buffalo Divisions by Mike Bednar.

OUR PRICE: $65.00 (includes free shipping in the Continental U.S. and all applicable sales tax).

Memoirs of a Steelworker by David Kuchta

          Memoirs of a Steelworker by David Kuchta. Softcover, copyright 1995, 117 pages of black and white photos and interesting reading.

“This book is written about my 40 years of work at the Bethlehem Steel Company’s plant in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. What really happened and how it happened. It’s actually the inner workings of a Super Giant. This is a story about what happened every day. Information that no one talked abut, no less write about.”

– From the rear cover of Memoirs of a Steelworker by David Kuchta.

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Only Yesterday on the Lehigh and New England Railroad by Robert F. Fischer

Only Yesterday on the Lehigh & New England Railroad:  A Photographic Remembrance by Robert F. Fischer.Hardbound, copyright 2004, 2008.

“It seems like only yesterday when engines adorned with blazing, red center, circular heralds blasted out of Panther Creek Valley, crossed eastern Pennsylvania, the Lehigh River, and Delaware River to New Jersey hauling endless hopper car loads of black diamonds destined for Maybrook, NY, the railroad gateway to New England. The Coalfield, Slate Belt, and Cement Region are all photographically represented, as well as right-of-ways, stations, terminals, and branch lines along the L&NE’s entire east-west main line. Only Yesterday on the Lehigh & New England Railroad – A Photographic Remembrance is the most voluminous, most comprehensive, most meticulously researched photographic presentation revealing the L&NE ever offered. All aspects of the company are reviewed and illustrated, including corporate history, relationship to the Lehigh Coal & Navigation Company, development of the physical plant and rights-of-way, locomotives, passenger cars, revenue freight cars, and non revenue cars with emphasis on the 1947-1950 steam-diesel transition years…this is a no nonsense presentation that not only tells you, but also shows you!”.

– From the dust jacket of Only Yesterday on the Lehigh & New England Railroad – A Photographic Remembrance by Robert F. Fischer

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Pennsylvania History, Titles R-Z

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 Rails to Shafts: A Tribute to Paul Kuehner by Christopher Kozub and Benjamin L. Bernhart

          Rails to Shafts: A Tribute to Paul Kuehner.  Hardbound, copyright 2012. A tribute to Paul A. Kuehner, founder of Rails-N-Shafts and Garrigues House, Publishers. Recollections and personal remembrances by daughter Elizabeth and friends Bernie Perch, Mike Bednar, and Larry Fisher. A rapturous look at some of the best images from Paul’s extensive slide collection of his favorite subjects – railroads that ran through the Lehigh Valley and throughout the region, as well as the collieries and breakers of northeastern Pennsylvania.  Profusely illustrated with numerous full color photographs taken by Paul c. 1950-1970.

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Reading Diesels Volume 1: The First Generation by Dale W. Woodland 

          Reading Diesels Volume I by Dale W. Woodland.  Hardbound, copyright 1991.

“In Volume I the reader will become acquainted with the fascinating variety of diesel locomotives on the Reading between 1926 and 1961. The Reading had a variety unmatched by any other American railroad with units from AGEIR, Alco, EMD, Baldwin, and Fairbanks Morse. The reasons for the railroad’s switch from steam to diesel power will become obvious as the data accumulated by the Reading will show. This volume also chronicles the development of the diesel from yard switcher to road freight and road passenger service. A description of the tests performed on the Reading by demonstrator locomotives from each of the builders is also included. This book contains 215 color photographs, some of which were taken in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s. Train operation and roster information will aid those interested in knowing the story of the Reading in the post-World War II era. Photographs and data about dispositions of units to other railroads are included. Finally, data containing locomotive assignments, dates of service, and retirements will aid model railroaders who are serious about duplicating the operations of the Reading.”

– From the dustjacket of Reading Diesels Volume I by Dale W. Woodland

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Reading Diesels Volume 2: The Second Generation by Dale W. Woodland 

          Reading Diesels Volume II by Dale W. Woodland.  Hardbound, copyright 1995.

“This second volume of Reading Diesels describes the locomotives the Reading Railroad placed in service between 1962 and 1974. In addition, locomotives rebuilt by the Reading and the changes in locomotive classification and numbering introduced during these years are included. While the variety of locomotives in the second generation was less than that of the first, the new bright paint schemes were far more colorful. Studies are included that explain the rationale behind the switch to second generation locomotives. The Reading was the first railroad to purchase the EMD GP30, the first of the second generation diesel locomotives. In a less successful venture the reading also purchased the American Locomotive Company’s first C430 models and ceremoniously gave names to these two companies. A description of the Reading’s attempt to meet the challenges of declining passenger train ridership by acquiring a fleet of Budd Rail Diesel Cars in the 1960’s is examined. While many of the railroad’s locomotives shared features in common with locomotives from other railroads across the United States it had perhaps more than its share of locomotives with custom features. The unique drip strips, a feature which sets apart all Reading diesel locomotives, were applied to all second generation locomotives, continuing a practice that began when the Reading dieselized. An attempt has been made to update the existence and location of former Reading second generation diesels into the 1990’s. The book contains freight train symbols, schedules and locomotive tonnage ratings, as well as a look a what each locomotive was doing, and where it could be found, on June 30, 1969. This information should be especially useful for those modeling the Reading in this era. An interesting study made by the railroad of its six axle locomotives is included. The appendix of the book features and all-time diesel locomotive profile of Reading diesel locomotives from 1926 to 1976, a complete roster and a list of preserved Reading diesel locomotives.”

– From the dusjacket of Reading Diesels Volume II by Dale W. Woodland.

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The Reading Railroad: History of a Coal Age Empire, Vol I: The Nineteenth Century by James L. Holton

          The Reading Railroad: History of a Coal Age Empire Volume I: The Nineteenth Century by James Holton.  Hardbound, copyright 1989. Massive, well-researched 356 page volume filled with all things Reading.

“This book is about more than just one pioneer regional railroad. In telling the story of the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad – which found itself transformed from a modest local enterprise into the dominant carrier of anthracite just as that mineral became the essential fuel for the Industrial Revolution – the Reading history reflects the trials and triumphs that marked the young country’s phenomenal industrial growth in the middle years of the last century.  The complex study of this relatively small railroad company that became one of the nation’s first conglomerates and the wealthiest corporation in the world will require two volumes. The books are divided, quite naturally, by the turn of this century.

This first volume covers the painful beginning of the enterprise as the impoverished company wins dominance of the powerful Schuylkill Canal, through the years of spectacular expansion and the turbulent period of the 1870s when the company’s management was embroiled in successive bitter and sometimes bloody battles with the militant Molly Maguire movement, newborn labor unions, the great Pennsylvania Railroad and other anthracite railroads, English investors and stubborn coal mine operators. In the final decades of the century, the Reading suffered three disastrous failures, but escaped absorption by the great trunk lines largely because of the protection of the greatest financier of the time, J. Pierpont Morgan.

There were other titans of that era who also were deeply involved in the Reading’s affairs, some as allies, others as would-be suitors, and some as enemies: Andrew Carnegie, William K. Vanderbilt, Jay Gould, George B. Roberts, John D. Rockefeller, John Wannamaker and Chauncy Depew. The Reading also produced its own cast of colorful corporate characters, especially Frank B. Gowen and A.A. McLeod, presidents who were responsible for some of the company’s most spectacular excesses, as well as notable achievements.

The author – a product of a multi-generational Reading Railroad family – has drawn on a lifetime’s abiding interest in the “comp’ny”, as well as a half a century of experience as a nationally respected journalist to complete the first comprehensive history of the company. It is written in a vivid prose style that captures the drama and dynamics of the days when coal was king, and the Reading was its master.

Throughout the book, the author pays particular attention to the men of the Reading- the brass hats as well as the hoggers and tallow pots – to give the story of the Reading a human dimension seldom found in railroad books. At the same time, the Reading’s superb motive power fleet, largely the product of its own shops in Reading, receives generous attention, befitting the acclaim its innovative ideas won in the railroad world.

The colorful text is supplemented with 272 illustrations, plus 12 color plates, and 40 maps. Three of the color plates are paintings by the author.”

~From the dusjacket of The Reading Railroad: History of a Coal Age Empire Volume I: The Nineteenth Century by James Holton.

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PLEASE NOTE:  The Reading Railroad: History of a Coal Age Empire Volume I: The Nineteenth Century by James Holton is available in both this hardcover with dust jacket version and in a very limited edition format that incorporates gilded lettering on a leather bound cover and binding, housed in a matching slipcase. Garrigues House published a total of 50 of these volumes, each signed and numbered by the author.   We are down to approximately 3 copies each of this extremely limited edition of The Reading Railroad: History of a Coal Age Empire Volume I: The Nineteenth Century and The Reading Railroad: History of a Coal Age Empire Volume II: The Twentieth Century.  Please call us if you would like to purchase either Volume I or Volume II in this slipcover edition.

The Reading Railroad: History of a Coal Age Empire, Vol. II: The Twentieth Century by James L. Holton 

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PLEASE NOTE:  The Reading Railroad: History of a Coal Age Empire Volume II: The Twentieth Century is no longer available in the standard hardbound with dustjacket.   The Reading Railroad: History of a Coal Age Empire Volume II: The Twentieth Century by James Holton is still available in a very limited edition format that incorporates gilded lettering on a leather bound cover and binding, housed in a matching slipcase. Garrigues House published a total of 50 of these volumes, each signed and numbered by the author.   We are down to approximately 3 copies each of this extremely limited edition of The Reading Railroad: History of a Coal Age Empire Volume II: The Nineteenth Century and The Reading Railroad: History of a Coal Age Empire Volume II: The Twentieth Century.  Please call us if you would like to purchase either Volume I or Volume II in this slipcover edition.

          “The Reading, one of the pioneer rail carriers in the United States, won national distinction for its innovative development of steam power – including some of the most powerful freight engines and fastest passenger locomotives on American rails – before the end of the nineteenth century. It also suffered through some of the most turbulent and violent episodes of that era as it became the major fuel pipeline for the industrial revolution. Those first 75 years of the company’s existence have been colorfully reported in Volume 1 of the Reading Railroad history, along with the adventures and personal stories of the fascinating cast of characters who controlled or were attracted to the company because of its monopoly over anthracite coal.

          In Volume 2, the author picks up the story of the Reading as it entered the twentieth century under the attack from the newly born American labor movement as well as a hostile Federal government which led to a historic confrontation between the president of the company and the President of the United States. A running battle with its arch-rival, the Pennsylvania Railroad, and sweeping technological and social changes in the country, prompted a new Reading management, under the prodding of J. Pierpont Morgan, to fundamentally restructure its operations. After a long court battle, the government forced the dissolution of the company’s Coal & Iron subsidiary.

          No longer a national leader in creating new motive power technology, the Reading won the attention of the industry by its conservative equipment policies, especially the rebuilding of older locomotives into remarkably efficient modern power. Financially, the Reading remained solvent through the depression of the 1930s, even electrifying most of its extensive Philadelphia commuter lines. As in the First War, the Reading played a vital strategic role in supporting the World War II effort.

          But, even as tonnage and passenger miles rose from that crisis, the handwriting was on the wall and, like the rest of the railroad industry in the northeast, the post-war Reading was facing a battle for its very survival. The political machinations, misjudgments and ironies which attended that grueling struggle and the eventual collapse and restructuring of railroading throughout the region are related, in many aspects, for the first time.

          As in Volume 1, the author – the product of four generations of Reading railroaders – dwells on the human side of the Reading story, illuminating the ups and downs of the historic railroad through the experiences of the men who ran it, from the company board room as well as in the engine cabs and interlocking towers.

         In addition to seven chronological chapters, there are separate chapters dealing with the Coal & Iron Co., the Reading Shops, the New Jersey Central RR and the major facilities on the Reading. The 452 pages of text are supplemented with 483 photos, 26 in color, plus 31 maps, charts, and other graphics.”

~ From the dust jacket of The Reading Railroad: History of a Coal Age Empire Volume II: The Twentieth Century by James Holton.

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Smokestacks and Black Diamonds, A History of Carbon County, Pennsylvania by Joan Campion 

          Smokestacks and Black Diamonds: A History of Carbon County, Pennsylvania by Joan Campion.  Copyright 1997. 300 pages of photos and exceptional historical documentation.

It is hard to imagine a place more closely bound to the history of the Industrial Revolution than Carbon County, Pennsylvania. Indeed, it might be said to be the crucible of the American Industrial Revolution. For nowhere was better anthracite found than here. The first Fossil fuel to be heavily exploited, anthracite became essential to the nation’s economy. It fueled iron furnaces and provided the impetus for railroad networks. It heated houses, powered industries, and fueled steamships. The cheap iron that was produced in hitherto unimaginable quantities with this plentiful fuel hurtled American into the Industrial Revolution. Demographics changed as immigrants poured into the nation and as families moved from farms to towns and new, different kinds of jobs. A cash economy developed. Agriculture and home life changed as new implements were invented. The stamp of destiny was on Carbon County from the moment Philip Ginder, a miller from the Mahoning Valley discovered anthracite on Sharp Mountain in 1791.

Smokestacks and Black Diamonds tells some of the best-known and some of the lease-known stories of the time when Carbon County was one of the most important regions in America. Joan Campion and contributing authors Vince Hydro, Michael Knies, Lance Metz and Rita Plotnicki have traced the history of the county from it’s frontier days to the present. George Harvan, the preeminent photographer of Pennsylvania’s anthracite region, has contributed a chapter of his most memorable work. Stories of miners and immigrants, the Molly Maguires, the company towns of Mauch Chunk and Palmerton, Glen Onoko in “The Switzerland of America,” letters home from soldiers in nineteenth-century wars, the rivalry between Mauch Chunk and Lehighton to become the county seat- these are but a few of the topics presented in this fascinating book. Numerous photographs enhance the text.

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Without Fitting, Filing, or Chipping: An Illustrated History of the Phoenix Bridge Company by Thomas R. Winpenny 

Without Fitting, Filing or Chipping An Illustrated History of the Phoenix Bridge Company by Thomas R. Winpenny.  Softbound (also available in a very limited edition maroon cloth hardbound), 154 pages, profusely illustrated in b/w, appendices, notes, and an index.

From the author’s web site: “There is something patently heroic about pioneering in late nineteenth and early twentieth century bridge building, and thus the people who were part of the Phoenix Bridge story are, in many respects, worthy of recognition. The men who originally conceptualized bridge building in Phoenixville in the 1860s became part of the catalogue bridge movement and thus to some extent distanced themselves from the view of a bridge as a highly individualized work of art. “Both Clarke, Reeves and Phoenix Bridge published promotional albums featuring a variety of wrought-iron truss bridges that could be delivered with greater haste than anyone heretofore had imagined possible. Working closely with the parent firm, Phoenix Iron and Steel, the bridge company practiced velocity of throughput and produced a quality cheap bridge. Each bridge was reassembled at the plant to insure good fit, and then disassembled and shipped to the erection site. Ironically, these cheap bridges had a useful life that approached the better part of a century and thus precluded a healthy replacement business. The bridge company at Phoenixville had a good product that enjoyed an identifiable market niche; of the thousands of bridges designed and fabricated in Phoenixville (the total is about 4,200) a very substantial portion were wrought iron truss railway spans. “

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Other Railroads in the United States

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The following titles are found in our selection of books covering railroads in other parts of the United States.  As always, the purchase price includes all applicable taxes and free shipping anywhere in the Continental U.S. in our custom made shipping boxes.

 The Golden Age of Railroading in America’s Heartland: The Photography of Otto C. Perry by James L. Washer

          The Golden Age of Railroading in America’s Heartland: The Photography of Otto C. Perry by James Warsher.  Hardbound, copyright 2005. 176 pages.

An examination of the photography of Otto Perry, an amateur photographer who was entranced by trains – so much so that the Western History Collection of the Denver Public Library holds 20,000 Perry negatives. This work chronicles arguably the best decades of Perry’s works from a technological and subject perspective – the 1920’s – 1940’s. 42 year railroad veteran Jim Warsher uses his expertise to bring each of the nearly 100 Perry photographs included in this volume to life.

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New York, Ontario and Western Railway : Milk Cans, Mixed Trains, and Motor Cars by Robert E. Mohowski

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          New York, Ontario and Western Railway : Milk Cans, Mixed Trains, and Motor Cars by Robert E. Mohowski.  Hardbound, copyright 1995. Gorgeous 350+ page look at the NYO&W, featuring the art work of Carl A. Ohlson and supplemented with hundreds of vintage photographs, maps, and charts.

“The New York, Ontario & Western Railway has been popularized as having been heavily dependent upon three major sources of revenue for most of its life: coal, city vacationers bound for resorts in Orange, Sullivan, and Delaware Counties in New York, and milk. Bux and Crist’s Scranton Division and Wakefield’s To The Mountains by Rail addressed the first two. This effort addresses the third. Beginning with the diary farmer himself, the story spirals outward to encompass the railroad, its special cars, the route and the communities that developed. it is the story of a commodity that created away of life, was made available by and contribute to the continuance of a transportation system and eventually abandoned that system when another became more practical. Although much of this story is concerned with the New York, Ontario & Western Railway, there is information that applies to milk hauling railroads in general …Local and regional historians, students of agriculture and technological history, rail enthusiasts and those who enjoy a fond look back to simpler times will enjoy their first reading as well as subsequent references to its texts and illustrations.”

– From the dustjacket of New York, Ontario and Western Railway : Milk Cans, Mixed Trains, and Motor Cars by Robert E. Mohowski.

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The Plant System by Gregg M. Turner and Seth H. Bramson

The Plant System by Gregg M. Turner and Seth H. Bramson.  Hardbound, copyright 2004. 144 pages of vintage photographs and maps.

“The Plant System of Railroads, Steamships and Hotels was founded in the 19th century by Connecticut native Henry Bradley Plant (1819-1899). After spending much of his career in the express package business, Plant began to create a railroad system below Charleston, South Carolina. His greatest challenges came in peninsula Florida during the 1880s and 1890s, where newcomers and tourists were arriving in droves. When completed, Plant’s railroad fiefdom embraced 2,235 miles of track in four states. To augment his railroad interests, the former “captain’s boy” operated steamboat services, owning among other firms the popular Plant Steamship Line out of Port Tampa, Florida. His fleet of vessels served many destinations, such as Key West, Havana, Mobile, Fort Meyers, Jacksonville and the maritime provinces of Canada. Always solicitous of the traveling public, tourists and businessmen, Plant also established a chain of eight distinctive hotels in central and southwest Florida, among them the famed Tampa Bay Hotel, which is today home to the University of Tampa and the Henry B. Plant Museum. This lovely and authoritative history recounts how the Plant System became the South’s first great industrial enterprise. Rare photographs, ephemera, and a thoughtful text truly make this a book to savor and enjoy”.

– From the dust jacket of The Plant System by Gregg M. Turner and Seth H. Bramson.

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Railroads in Pennsylvania

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The following titles are found in our selection of books covering other railroads and railroading topics in Pennsylvania.  As always, the purchase price includes all applicable taxes and free shipping anywhere in the Continental U.S. in our custom made shipping boxes.

Anthracite Rebirth Story of the Reading and Northern Railroad by Mike Bednar

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Anthracite Rebirth: Story of the Reading and Northern Railroad by Mike Bednar. Hardbound, copyright 1998. 124 pages, many, many color photographs and great writing by this former Reading and Northern locomotive engineer provide an incredibly unique perspective on this fascinating railroad. Chronicles the dramatic turn around of the company and it’s services throughout Pennsylvania’s hard coal region. Chapters include Background, Andy Muller, Jr. and the Early Years, Early Blue Mountain and Reading, The Reading Cluster: The Coal Regions, The Winter from Hell: Winter 1993-1994, The Business Boom, A Regional Rail Line Becomes Reality, The Future, The Family, and Locomotive Roster.

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Rails to Shafts: A Tribute to Paul Kuehner by Christopher Kozub and Benjamin L. Bernhart

          Rails to Shafts: A Tribute to Paul Kuehner.

Hardbound, copyright 2012. A tribute to Paul A. Kuehner, founder of Rails-N-Shafts and Garrigues House, Publishers. Recollections and personal remembrances by daughter Elizabeth and friends Bernie Perch, Mike Bednar, and Larry Fisher. A rapturous look at some of the best images from Paul’s extensive slide collection of his favorite subjects – railroads that ran through the Lehigh Valley and throughout the region, as well as the collieries and breakers of northeastern Pennsylvania.  Profusely illustrated with numerous full color photographs taken by Paul c. 1950-1970.

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Mining and Moving Coal in Pennsylvania

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The following titles cover many of the aspects of mining and moving coal in Pennsylvania.  As always, the purchase price includes all applicable taxes and free shipping anywhere in the Continental U.S. in our custom made shipping boxes.

Anthracite and Slackwater: The North Branch Canal 1828-1901 by F. Charles Petrillo 

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Anthracite and Slackwater: The North Branch Canal 1828-1901 by F. Charles Petrillo

          Copyright 1986. 280 pages of history and photographs devoted to a complete historical treatment of the North Branch Canal. Some fantastic early photographs are included in this fascinating account of the canal that served the Wyoming Valley of Pennsylvania. Available in a soft cover or hardcover format, these books are new old stock.

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Anthracite Rebirth: Story of the Reading and Northern Railroad by Mike Bednar

          Anthracite Rebirth: Story of the Reading and Northern Railroad by Mike Bednar.

Hardbound, copyright 1998. 124 pages, many, many color photographs and great writing by this former Reading and Northern locomotive engineer provide an incredibly unique perspective on this fascinating railroad. Chronicles the dramatic turn around of the company and it’s services throughout Pennsylvania’s hard coal region. Chapters include Background, Andy Muller, Jr. and the Early Years, Early Blue Mountain and Reading, The Reading Cluster: The Coal Regions, The Winter from Hell: Winter 1993-1994, The Business Boom, A Regional Rail Line Becomes Reality, The Future, The Family, and Locomotive Roster.

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Buckets, Flanges, and Black Diamonds: Mining and Moving Coal in Pennsylvania by George J. Baumes 

Buckets, Flanges and Black Diamonds:  Mining and Moving Coal in Pennsylvania by George J. Baumes.

Hardbound, copyright 2009. 128 pages.

“Coal is removed from the ground by one of two methods – surface or underground. This book offers a brief look at the operation of surface mining through hundreds of color photographs, scenes rarely viewed by the public because of the nature of the business. The surface mine gives a clear picture of men and machines coordinating their efforts with precision and safety, using many types of mining machinery to produce a ton of coal. Equipment in a surface mine ranges in size from a huge 5000 ton excavator to the pit boss’s company pickup truck.

          Author George Baumes was able to obtain permission to visit surface mines throughout Pennsylvania. He was also at trackside recording mile-long railroad unit coal trains delivering thousands of tons of coal to steel mills and electric plants. He followed commercial highway trucks hauling raw coal from mines to processing plants, and stood on riverbanks photographing towboats pushing strings of barges loaded with coal. Finally, he focused his camera on the anthracite region waste coal (culm) project. Once an eye sore, culm banks are being harvested for coal that was once rejected and is now used as fuel for several small power plants with special boilers.”

          – From the dust jacket of Buckets, Flanges and Black Diamonds:  Mining and Moving Coal in Pennsylvania by George J. Baumes

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The Death of a Great Company by W. Julian Parton 

The Death of A Great Company by W. Julian Parton.

Soft cover, Copyright 1986, 123 pages of black and white photos, maps, consolidated balance sheets and lots of information. “The Old Company” as it was known to the coal industry, one of the oldest companies in the United States whose founders were among the most significant contributors to the development of America, ceased to exist. Why after 150 years of growth? What went awry that caused this company to be put to rest? This is the story of Old Company’s Lehigh, the founding years and growth of the company. However, special emphasis is placed on the final active years when one thing after another went wrong, leading to the liquidation of virtually all its assets and the untimely death of a great company.

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Josiah White, Quaker Entrepreneur by Norris Hansell

Josiah White Quaker Entrepreneur by Norris Hansell.  Hardbound, 172 pages, copyright 1992.

“Josiah White is known to historians as a man of vision, a man whose determination and engineering skills enabled him and his partner, Eriskine Hazard, to create one of America’s pioneering coal transportation systems. He is remembered as a builder of might locks and dams, a railroad that used gravity for propulsion, and delicate iron bridges. Yet Josiah White the family man, the devoted Quaker, the farseeing philanthropist, had been lost to twentieth-century Americans until the publication of Norris Hansell’s Josiah White: Quaker Entrepreneur. In this work, Dr. Hansell has exposed the complete man and revealed to modern readers a Josiah White who possessed many fascinating qualities including sharp powers of observation of the events and conditions of his times. Dr. Hansell reveals Josiah White’s continuing impact on modern America not only through the continuing transportation revolution that he originally helped set in motion, but also through the charitable institutions he founded that continue to serve mankind.”

– From the Introduction to Josiah White Quaker Entrepreneur by Norris Hansell

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Smokestacks and Black Diamonds, A History of Carbon County, Pennsylvania by Joan Campion

          Smokestacks and Black Diamonds: A History of Carbon County, Pennsylvania by Joan Campion.  Copyright 1997. 300 pages of photos and exceptional historical documentation.

It is hard to imagine a place more closely bound to the history of the Industrial Revolution than Carbon County, Pennsylvania. Indeed, it might be said to be the crucible of the American Industrial Revolution. For nowhere was better anthracite found than here. The first Fossil fuel to be heavily exploited, anthracite became essential to the nation’s economy. It fueled iron furnaces and provided the impetus for railroad networks. It heated houses, powered industries, and fueled steamships. The cheap iron that was produced in hitherto unimaginable quantities with this plentiful fuel hurtled American into the Industrial Revolution. Demographics changed as immigrants poured into the nation and as families moved from farms to towns and new, different kinds of jobs. A cash economy developed. Agriculture and home life changed as new implements were invented. The stamp of destiny was on Carbon County from the moment Philip Ginder, a miller from the Mahoning Valley discovered anthracite on Sharp Mountain in 1791.

Smokestacks and Black Diamonds tells some of the best-known and some of the lease-known stories of the time when Carbon County was one of the most important regions in America. Joan Campion and contributing authors Vince Hydro, Michael Knies, Lance Metz and Rita Plotnicki have traced the history of the county from it’s frontier days to the present. George Harvan, the preeminent photographer of Pennsylvania’s anthracite region, has contributed a chapter of his most memorable work. Stories of miners and immigrants, the Molly Maguires, the company towns of Mauch Chunk and Palmerton, Glen Onoko in “The Switzerland of America,” letters home from soldiers in nineteenth-century wars, the rivalry between Mauch Chunk and Lehighton to become the county seat- these are but a few of the topics presented in this fascinating book. Numerous photographs enhance the text.

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American Artists

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The following titles detail the lives and works of two very talented American artists.  As always, the purchase price includes all applicable taxes and free shipping anywhere in the Continental U.S. in our custom made shipping boxes.

Aware: A Retrospective of the Life and Work of Eric Sloane by James W. Mauch 

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          Aware: A Retrospective of the Life and Work of Eric Sloane, recognized by critics as the definitive Eric Sloane biography published in 2001 by Garrigues House, Publishers.  Authored by James W. Mauch, noted authority of the works of Eric Sloane and owner of Weather Hill Farm, the gallery that specializes in works by the artist.
The following is excerpted from the dustjacket flap of Aware:

“Nearly everyone who has an interest in early America knows of Eric Sloane’s work.  Although best known for his depictions of barns and covered bridges, Eric Sloane was also a successful author, illustrator, anthropologist, meteorologist, and historian.  A man of tremendous and varied talents, Sloane evolved from an itinerant sign painter to an accomplished artist elected to the National Academy of Arts.Born Everard Jean Hinrichs in 1905, Eric Sloane led a full and intriguing life.  He created everything from “cloudscapes” while flying with Wiley Post (Amelia Earhart bought his first one) to over three dozen books on the subject of early America.  Eric Sloane is undoubtedly one of the most interesting of twentieth century American painters.

Sure to delight anyone interested in Eric Sloane’s work, “Aware” is an engaging read, generously supplemented with the artist’s paintings, illustrations, and rare family photographs.  Two appendicies are included, one on the subject of collecting first editions of Sloane titles, the other on authenticating, collecting, and restoring Eric Sloane paintings.  To complete this literary work, the author has included and original, never published Sloane manuscript.  Author James Mauch examines each stage of the artist’s career and life, illustrating how one of Sloane’s areas of interest would be a catalyst for the next, a life-long evolutionary process which culminated in a deep exploration of what the artist described as his “philosophy of awareness“.

  • Hardcover, 232 pages
  • Over 65 full color paintings
  • 40 color photographs
  • 25 black and white photographs
  • More than 75 illustrations
  • Appendix by John Townsend of Town’s End Books on collecting 1st edition books by Eric Sloane.
  • Includes an original, never-published manuscript of Eric Sloane’s, complete with his corrections.
  • Written by James Mauch, owner of Weather Hill Farm, a gallery that specializes only in art by Eric Sloane – Weather Hill Farm purchases, sells, authenticates, frames, and restores Eric Sloane original drawings and paintings.

OUR PRICE:  $55.00 (includes free shipping in the Continental U.S. and all applicable sales tax).

Ben Austrian, Artist by Geoffrey D. Austrian

Ben Austrian, Artist by Geoffrey D. Austrian.

A biography of artist Ben Austrian (1870-1921), a Pennsylvania artist made internationally famous as a result of his “chick paintings” used by Bon Ami cleanser. Not surprisingly, the artist’s talents run much deeper. A rapturous look at his life and career, complete with an impressive collection of paintings reproduced in stunning detail.

Chapters include Getting to Know Uncle Ben, An Uncertain Start, Barnyard, Kennel and Stall, Game Hanging on a Wall, A Studio in Paris, A Girl Named Molly, The Bon Ami Chick, and Woods, Ponds, and Streams.

Hardbound, copyright 1997. 120 pages with an extensive representation of the artist’s works.

OUR PRICE:  $45.00 (includes free shipping in the Continental U.S. and all applicable sales tax).

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