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No.V144
THE CHRISTMAS NEWSLETTER 2017


New from Kalmbach Publications

Guide to North American Diesel Locomotives
By Jeff Wilson

Jeff Wilson’s new 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. 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!
Guide to North American Diesel Locomotives is an important reference for railfans and model railroaders alike.

Author: Jeff Wilson Size: 8.25 x 10.75 Pages: 350

£ 25.00

Great Trains Freight
By Classic Trains

The Lifeblood of American Railroading
The 124-page special issue, Great Trains Freight, revisits the classic age of railroading when freight trains carried America to unprecedented prosperity. Read about way freights, coal trains, and hotshots on the nation’s great railroads, including the Santa Fe, Milwaukee Road, Pennsylvania, Illinois Central, and more.

By Classic Trains

£ 12.00


2018 Calendars

Trains Across America 2018 Calendar

This beautiful photographed calendar showcases a variety of hard-working trains, including Class I, shortline, and passenger units, in breathtaking scenes across the country. The calendar includes a bonus feature that highlights 75 must-see train sites.
* South Central Florida Express by Scott Hartley * Canadian Pacific by Mathew Hicks * Norfolk Southern by Clint Renegar * Florida East Coast by Tom Danneman * Norfolk & Western No. 611 by Kevin Burkholder * Union Pacific by Chris Guss * Iowa Pacific by Robert J. Della-Pietra * BNSF by David Lustig * Norfolk Southern by Chase Gunnoe * Union Pacific by Drew Halverson * CSX by Samual Phillips * BNSF by Kit Courter
Size: 13 x 10.5

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£ 15.00

Model Railroader 2018 Calendar

You’ll find inspiration all year long with these 12 scenic layouts, which were featured in Model Railroader or Great Model Railroads. Encompassing a range of scales, locations, and railroads, these layouts offer something for everyone. Track plans for these interesting 4x8 layouts are also included.
* ATSF by Rick Stern * Rio Grande Summit Line by John Mellowes * Southbay Western by Steve Kibort * CB&Q-Lines East by Steve Doyle * Baltimore Harbor District by Paul Dolkos * New Baltimore & Fair Haven by Greg Rich * Western North Carolina by Northern Virginia Model Railroaders * Milwaukee Road River Subdivision by Stephen Brudios * East Broad Top by Pete and Jane Clarke * Chessie Pennsylvania Division by Doug Gainer * New York, Westchester & Boston by Dick Karnes * Hoosier Line and Jack Simpson

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£ 15.00


Christmas Bargains

Windy City Rails Volume 1
By C. Vision Productions

Chicago is the busiest rail hub in America.
C. Vision Productions takes you there in this multi-volume series covering some of the most well-known and hidden hot spots in Windy City Rails!
Volume 1 visits the Tower B-12 Vicinity in Franklin Park and Turner Junction in West Chicago. B-12 has seen many changes in the years and the action today is just os exciting! Canadian Pacific, Metro, Indiana Harbor Belt and Canadian National ore the regulars at B-12. Fallen Flag locomotives from the current railroads make frequent appearances including Soo Line and Illinois Central. Other railroads visit the B-12 area including CSX, Union Pacific, Norfolk Southern and Iowa Chicago & Eastern.
Then it is off to West Chicago. Here, the Elgin Joliet & Eastern's Turner Tower is still in operation as it protects the crossing with the Union Pacific's ex-Chicago & North Western Overland Route. Along with the EJ&E, numerous high horsepower Union Pacific trains pound the diamonds at Turner. Metro also uses this route providing a flurry of activity. You will even see Union Pacific's Olympic and United Way locomotives heading up a mixed freight!
Let C. Vision Productions be your tour guide to the best railroading spots in Chicago!

105 minutes, ColourNarration

Regular price £21.00
SPECIAL OFFER - £15

Windy City Rails Vol 2, "Stateline & Jay Tower"
By C. Vision Productions

C. Vision's tour of the railroads in and around the Chicagoland area continues in Windy City Rails, Volume 2. In this program, videographer Marshall Beecher sets up at two exciting locations and captures more dynamic train watching action!
Our first stop is at Stateline Interlocking near Hammond, Indiana. Straddling the Illinois and Indiana border, Stateline was once the World's largest mechanical interlocking. This location was once home to 30 diamond crossings and has now whittled down to only 8. However, don't let the downgrade fool you, this location still has over 100 trains a day from the CSX, Norfolk Southern and Indiana Harbor Belt.
Then we head to Chicago Heights, Illinois at Jay Tower. This location is the crossing of the Elgin, Joliet & Eastern and the Union Pacific/CSX. The variety of trains at this location makes it a favorite among many area railfans! Bright orange locomotives from the EJ&E, along with the high horsepower monsters from the UP and CSX thunder over the diamonds at Jay Tower. Our cameras were even treated to a couple appearances of the Union Pacific's Katy and MoPac Heritage Locomotives!
If you like the sound of trains pounding diamonds, you will love this video!

118 minutes, ColourNarration

Regular price £21.00
SPECIAL OFFER - £15

Windy City Rails Volume 3
By C. Vision Productions

C. Vision's tour of railroads in and around the Chicagoland area continues in Windy City Rails, Volume 3.
In this program, videographer Marshall Beecher takes his cameras to multiple mainline crossings at the always busy Blue Island Junction.
This location, most often distinguished by the big steel bridges spanning the Calumet Sag Channel, has a multitude of activity from host roads Indiana Harbor Belt, CSX, Canadian National and Metro's Rock Island District, which passes over the south end of the junction. Throw in a wide variety of pool power and the appearance of run-through moves by roads Canadian Pacific, Union Pacific and BNSF and you will see why Blue Island Junction is such a great Chicagoland hotspot.
Due to the unique track arrangement of the junction, parallel moves from various roads can be seen occurring simultaneously, a sight our cameras had the opportunity to catch on many visits. In addition, shortline and regional action was found, including appearances from the Iowa Interstate and Chicago Rail Link. Add in predecessor power from the UP BNSF and the CN, and you will witness the cornucopia of action that this legendary hotspot is known for.
For a colorful spectrum of freight and passenger action. Blue Island Junction cannot be beat!

113 minutes, ColourNarration

Regular price £21.00
SPECIAL OFFER - £15

Windy City Rails Volume 4
By C. Vision Productions

"BNSF's Triple Track"
C. Vision's tour of railroads in and around the Chicagoland area continues in Windy City Rails, Volume 4.
In this program, videographer Marshall Beecher takes his cameras to several locations along the Burlington Northern Santa Fe's Triple Track Main from Chicago to Aurora. This ex-Chicago Burlington and Quincy main line does double duty as it hosts trains traversing to and from the Twin Cities on the Aurora Sub and Galesburg on the Mendota Sub. Numerous high priority intermodal, coal and general freight trains share these rails with Amtrak and Metra. Run-through trains from the Canadian National and Union Pacific also operate on the Triple Track. At the east end near Union Avenue, witness several of Union Pacific's 'Z' trains which cross the Triple Track, and see U.P. movements with several of their Heritage locomotives! All this movement makes the Triple Track one of the busiest main lines in the Chicago area.
Just about every kind of locomotive that the BNSF rostered in 2007 can be seen in this program! Add in all that variety along with over 150 trains featured in this show and you have one of the best BNSF programs anywhere!!! DVD Narration on/off feature

112 minutes, ColourNarration

Regular price £21.00
SPECIAL OFFER - £15


ALL 4 Windy City Rails VolumeS FOR £50 ONLY

Union Pacific Scrapbook
By Charles Smiley Presents

Follow us on a voyage across the UP from the Pacific to Chicago. This video is a celebration of the original UP from the 1950s to its full size by 1996. See lots of early diesel power and vintage Cajon and California action. Then we explore the UP in the 1990s when it expanded rapidly to remain a competitive player in the rail business. This video is from movie film and early video shot years ago.
See the parade of C&NW power after the 1995 merger. Visit many of the former SP lines with UP power in charge since 1996.

100 mins (Plus 8 mins Preview), ColourNarration

Regular price £21.00
SPECIAL OFFER - £15

CAJON PASS CAB RIDE
By Highball Productions

Join us for a March, 1998 legal cab ride over California’s Cajon Pass on board BNSF C44-9W #1018, on train ZLACMEM. The BN-ATSF merger is young, and most of the power seen is warbonnet or bluebonnet. The view is straight ahead with some roving camera shots, and you’ll hear radio chatter and conversation in the cab. A student engineer is running the train, conversation includes advice on train handling.

120 minutes, ColourNarration

Regular price £21.00
SPECIAL OFFER - £15


NEW RELEASE

BNSF, Along the Route of the Santa Fe, Vol. 1
By CVision Productions

Journey along with C. Vision Productions as we explore the former Santa Fe main line in Arizona. Videographer Kenn Oberneder captures the action on this super busy transcontinental main line from Holbrook to Crookton, Arizona. Along the way, we also capture an Alco powered train on the Apache Railroad south of Holbrook.
From stunning scenery in the high desert of eastern Arizona to the mountain terrain in the Flagstaff region, You will love viewing the spectacular backdrops for numerous BNSF trains. You will also see fast intermodal trains and general freights crossing the impressive Canyon Diablo Bridge.
This show was captured in the spring of 2011, a time when strict emission laws were in place in the state of California. As a result, BNSF uses a majority of its emission friendly ES-44 locos, however, several older loco models are still present throughout the show.
Don’t miss this C. Vision Productions program as it showcases one of the busiest main lines in the country in “BNSF, Along the Route of the Santa Fe, Volume 1”!



Running time 93 MinutesNarrationon/off featureWIDESCREEN DVD

Regular price £21.00
NEW RELEASE OFFER UNTIL 12th January 2018- £20

BNSF, Along the Route of the Santa Fe, Vol. 2
By CVision Productions

Journey along with C. Vision Productions as we explore the former Santa Fe main line in Arizona and California. Videographer Kenn Oberneder captures the action on this super busy transcontinental main line from Seligman, Arizona to Ludlow, California.
Next to the famous Route 66, this main line is known as one of the busiest sections of railroad in the United States. Along with tons of railroad action, you will see fabulous desert scenery, which captures the essence of this magnificent landscape. Visit locations like Crozier Canyon, Kingman, Topock, Essex, Siberia and more!
This show was captured in the spring of 2011, a time when strict emission laws were in place in the state of California. As a result, BNSF uses a majority of its emission friendly ES-44 locomotives, however, several older locomotive models are still present throughout the show.
Don’t miss this C. Vision Productions program as it showcases one of the busiest main lines in the country in “BNSF, Along the Route of the Santa Fe, Volume 2”!



Running time 93 MinutesNarrationon/off featureWIDESCREEN DVD

Regular price £21.00
NEW RELEASE OFFER UNTIL 12th January 2018- £20


 

BUY BOTH VOLS 1 & 2 FOR £35 only

 


NEW RELEASE
Deschutes Daylight: SP 4449 Portland to Bend
By Marcam Productions and 7idea Productions

Southern Pacific Daylight Number 4449 is one of the most beautiful and well known steam locomotives in America! Watching her traverse the Pacific Northwest with a colorful consist of vintage passenger cars is always a sight to behold.
7idea and Marcam Productions have teamed up to present a fascinating look at the SP 4449 traveling the BNSF mainline through the Columbia River Gorge and the Deschutes River Canyon. This action-packed program features highlights from steam excursions between Portland and Bend, Oregon from 2006, 2012 and 2017, plus trips to Wishram, Washington in 2011 celebrating 4449’s 70th year!
Like a “greatest hits” collection, this carefully crafted program offers fantastic coverage of the route using the best scenes from each excursion. Sit back and enjoy a 500 mile round trip through some of the most scenic country in the western United States!



Running time 1 Hour 22 MinutesNarration on/offWIDESCREEN DVD

Regular price £23.00
NEW RELEASE OFFER UNTIL 12th January 2018- £22

ALSO AVAILABLE IN BLU-RAY!
Blu-Ray Price £23.00

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New MORNIG SUN BOOKS

Available November 15, 2017

Reading Company Power In Color Vol. 2: Second Generation Diesels
By Robert L. Davis, Jr.

GP30s, C425s, SD45s, GP35s, big Alk’s – they’re all here in this tour of Reading’s final diesel fleet.

Ref. 1632

£ 50.00

 

Union Pacific Power 1965-2015 In Color Vol. 3: Second Generation and Newer B-B Power
By Stephen M. Timko

The early second generation BB diesels are given a thorough look plus others.

Ref. 1631

£ 50.00

Southern Pacific Power In Color Vol. 3: Six-axles, Eight-axles, and GP60s, 1971-96
By Ed Mackinson

The big road power purchased by EsPee in the years prior to the merger with UP is examined in this final volume of the series.

Ref 1630

£ 50.00

 

Available November 1, 2017

Trackside Around Peoria 1963-1980 with Ed Johnson
By Ed Johnson

Peoria was a seldom-photographed rail hub between Chicago and St. Louis served by a multitude of roads all included in this book: CB&Q, C&IM, P&PU, IC, GM&O, ATSF, PRR, C&NW, NKP, IT, TP&W, CRI&P, and their successor companies

Ref. 1629

£ 50.00

 

Missouri Pacific Through Passenger Service In Color
By Greg Stout

The post war passenger service of the MoPac is examined across its far-reaching system as well as the road it absorbed to reach the Windy City, the Chicago & Eastern Illinois.

Ref. 1628

£ 50.00

Western States Trolleys In Color
By Ed Ridolph

Rare glimpses of long gone traction operations in Dallas, El Paso, Oklahoma City, Sand Springs, Sapulpa, Miami, McAlester, Coffeyville, Overland Park, Bonner Springs, Kansas City, Omaha, Twin Cities, Valley City, Denver, Fort Collins, Salt Lake City, Ogden, Phoenix, Anaconda, and Portland.

Ref. 1627

£ 50.00

 


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