Canadian National Steam!

Canadian National Steam!

A Locomotive History of the People's Railway

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A Locomotive History of the People's Railway.

An illustrated history of CN's more than 4300 steam locomotives. It is so detailed, so full of photographs and information, the premier volume will then be followed by seven rosters.

Canadian National Steam! is an updated and expanded text based on Clegg and Corley's Canadian National Steam Power, outlining the history and technical development of steam power as influenced by the different CNR Motive Power Chiefs. Its 248 pages includes a summary of all locomotive classes with wheel types, road- and builder-numbers, a list of all predecessor and subsequent owners of CNR power, a builder's list of CNR steam power, a bibliography and an index. There are 147 photos of historic locomotives, most in operation, exhibiting their awesome power and evoking pleasant memories of nostalgic days gone by when trains took everybody everywhere. Spectacular cover illustrations are in full color.

The book contains 43 tables and an extensive series of appendices -- 47 in all -- covering across-the-classes items such as livery, sales, leases, appliance application, (including compounding, gearing, superheating, feedwater heating, smoke deflectors, stokers, oil burners, cab and tender designs). There's also a guide to the individual locomotive roster volumes.

The subsequent roster volumes will be available later in 2013, and only on a "special order -- no returns" basis. They will contain the individual locomotive rosters by CNR classes according to similar or related wheel arrangements (including Newfoundland Railway and the Central Vermont Railway). Every steam locomotive will be listed, and the roster will provide all the information historians, rail enthusiasts and transportation buffs would ever want to know (and then some), including build data, ownership history, appliance history, class notes.

More than 1200 photographs, with informative captions, will appear in the roster volumes, which will feature sturdy wire binding, permitting the roster book pages to open completely flat. Many readers will welcome the opportunity to own this historic series. The original Canadian National Steam Power, published in 1969, has been out of print for almost forty years after selling thousands of copies. Since then, CN has become "North America's Railroad", and is widely recognized as the most efficient, best-run railway of all on the continent, and perhaps in the world. This new series will be a valuable entry in every CNR enthusiast's library, and is sure to become a rare collector's item.

Publisher: Montréal : Railfare*DC Books, c2013
ISBN: 9781927599006
Branch Call Number: 625.261 MCQ
Characteristics: 256 p. :,ill. (some col.) ;,27 cm.


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Jan 24, 2014

Canadian National Steam: A Locomotive History of The People’s Railway --- by Donald R. McQueen. This is the kind of book I would never have looked for in the local (Canadian) library. However, the librarians who run the local digs are always good enough to display new books on a series of shelves where you come in: you virtually can’t miss them. In addition, I’m also blessed with the kind of very, very “significant other” who lets me know when I simply must wear my toque because it’s simply too cold outside or who lets me shriekingly know when there’s a huge Hummer lurking in my blind spot before I make contact. Well, this very same very, very significant other brought me this book, virtually panting as she did. Canadian National Steam is not a book that will appeal to very many people. Not to the cake decorators, the macramé makers, the Chilton engine re-builders, the economic prognosticators or the self-help book readers. But it will, I hope, find a ready audience among that small niche market of readers who appreciate a technology of yesteryear. This small readership I suspect consists overwhelmingly of males of a certain age who were imprinted with the lore of steam at a young and tender age. This tiny demographic cohort , although small in number, none the less makes up for its small size by it’s passion for this lost technology. This book is soft cover, 256 pages long and crammed with lots and lots of mostly black and white (that’s how they used to take them in the 1930’ and 40’s and even into the 50’s) pictures, lots of technical data; tables of who owned them, who built them, how they were modified, where they were stationed. Not everyone’s cup of tea but many of the illustrations will speak to a readership well beyond the railroad historians. Page 154 features the yards at London; page 129 shows Toronto’s Spadina Yards without a high-rise studded horizon: no TD Centre, no condo towers. Real and would-be-railroader: grab it! An exhaustive refernce.

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