|Beebe, Lucius and
|The Age of Steam: A Classic Album of American Railroading||
Photos, drawings and paintings from American railroading, complete with detailed captions. So many images that it’s almost like a newspaper’s morgue. A vital reference.
|Cooper, Bruce C.,
compiled and edited by
|Riding the Transcontinental Rails: Overland Travel on the Pacific Railroad, 1865-1881||
A collection of first-person accounts, not all written for publication. Dozens of period engravings, maps, advertisements, and time tables.
Fabulous and a total godsend. It was at my elbow much of the time, while I wrote THE NORTHERN DEVIL.
|Fisher, Leonard Everett||Tracks Across America: The Story of the American Railroad 1825-1900||
A children’s history of America’s railroads. Includes many interesting details not found elsewhere, like J.P. Morgan caning a photographer.
|Gould, William John Gilbert
Edited by William R.
|My Life on Mountain Railroads||
Memoirs of a fireman and engineer who worked in the high country during the last days of steam locomotion. Very vivid storytelling.
|Maiken, Peter T.||Night Trains: The Pullman System in the Golden Years of American Rail Travel||
A detailed history of essentially passenger overnight travel, by state. A very useful reference book.
|Modelski, Andrew M.,
Geography and Map Division,
The Library of Congress
|Railroad Maps of North America: The First Hundred Years||
A set of historical railroad maps, each with a page of explanatory text. Most of them have cities, states, mountains, rivers, etc. in vivid detail. It’s a map maker’s history of the United States, as well as the railroads themselves.
|Reinhardt, Richard||Workin’ on the Railroad: Reminiscences from the Age of Steam||
First-hand accounts of working men from the 19th to the early 20th century, during the Age of Steam. Vignettes are both vivid and critical to understanding the railroad’s work.
A book I read again and again for THE NORTHERN DEVIL and for my own enjoyment.
|Solomon, Brian||Steam Locomotives||
If you’re not mechanical – like me! – but you still want to understand locomotives, this is a great introduction. Lots of pictures. The text makes it clear why the big technical advances were useful.
|Stover, John F.
Mark C. Carnes,
|The Routledge Historical Atlas of the American Railroads||
A great overview and my first stopping point for information about a time period or major railroad. I’m very, very fond of this book.
|Welsh, Joe and Bill Howes||Travel by Pullman||
If you want to understand how passenger traffic worked, read this book. The text is as interesting as the pictures. I pored over it again and again.
|Wheeler, Keith and the
Editors of Time-Life Books
|The Old West: The Railroaders||
Wonderful, wonderful book! The text is as good as the pictures, which is saying a lot.
One of the books I kept always at hand while writing THE NORTHERN DEVIL.
|Withuhn, William L.,
Curator of Transportation,
National Museum of
|Rails Across America: A History of Railroads in America||
A collection of nine, copiously illustrated chapters, each written by an expert in its field. Fabulous book. Fascinating either as a quick skim – ah, the glorious pictures! – or an in-depth read. It was one of the few books I kept at hand, while writing THE NORTHERN DEVIL.
|Ziel, Ron||American Locomotives in Historic Photographs, 1858 to 1949||
Very high quality photographs of individual locomotives, each one with a detailed caption. A vital reference.