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Books of some interest
In which the plan is to mention books and other reading matter that may be of interest to anoraks, foamers, gunzels and/or tetsu-ota.
"The standard code of train rules, block signal and interlocking rules to take effect December 2nd 1917; issued in accordance with rules adopted by the American Railway Association, November 17, 1915"
This was issued by the Chicago, Milwaukee, and St. Paul Railway Company. It may surprise some that the road did not have yellow for "caution" at that time.
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If you want a really comprehensive breakdown of how railroads work, from the basics of wheel-rail interaction, to interchanging freight, to accounting, law, and literally all aspects of the business (at least, for North American lines) this book is for you.
– A small stash of publications from the National Emergency Training Center library. Some of these docs are about railway fires.
– "Rail and Motor Outloading Capability Study"
A few modellers may be interested in this document, as it shows some army rail yards.
– "The Day of Two Noons" is about when railway time zoning went into effect in the US.
– The UP rulebook was last updated 2020-01-23, that is, yesterday.
The History of Canadian Pacific Railway
A pretty interesting read, to be honest.
In case there is somebody other than me whose PDF reader/plugin takes *ages* to move from page to page in thae above PDF…
Two Danish booklets with pictures of what not to do on the railway:
— "Electric and Diesel-Electric Locomotives" (1948)
An appendix in this book has specs and numbers for quite a few (diesel-)electric locomotives, mostly interwar types.
Radio experiments on the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy RR using AM around 156 MHz.
Radio experiments on the Rock Island RR using FM around 2660 MHz.
– "Story of the Long Island Electric Railway and the Jamaica Central Railways, 1894-1933" by Vincent F. Seyfried, anno 1951.
– "Rules for trainmen and other employees of the rail lines" by MBTA (Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority), anno 1978.
– The Victorian Railways Telegraph Code Book anno 1972 with a one-page supplement for track maintenance equipment of various types.
Writ by a Brit, this book is about his life recording railway sounds.
"Teletopograph and locograph automatic railway signaling system" by Clinton LeRoy Bopp (anno 1911)
Earliest mention of cab signals?
A few books of brevity codes:
– "Cipher code of words, phrases, names of organizations and titles of their officers, names of principal railroads, months, days, time of day, alphabet and figures, for use of organizations of railway employees in telegraphic correspondence" (1892)
A code for railway labourers.
– "General Cipjer Code of the Railway Express Agency" (1930)
General code for shipping via rail.
– "Private mining and metallurgical telegraphic cipher code of the Canadian Pacific Railway" (undated, microfiche)
– "The standard cipher code of the American Railway Association for the use of all departments of the railway service" (1906)
General code for railroad and railway work.
A mixed list of hobo and railway terms.
– A site about railways in Victoria, Australia. Various books and maps to be found.
"End of the Line – The Electric Train Staff System" is an oral history of a railway safety system that lasted for a century.
– Railways: Gistory, Signalling, Engineering
These articles are about twenty years old but may still be of interest to some. A few are slightly tricky to get at due to link rot.
– Unusual Locomotives.
Oh, they are, most definitely.
Aside: The guy behind this also did something of some interest with hi-fi amplifiers.
The collection of unusual locomotives is one of my favorite pages on the internet. I'm particularly fond of the electric steam locomotive. All the headache of stringing up catenary AND the inefficiency of a steam locomotive all in one!
– Well, the Swiss did have plenty of electricity but scarce coal. Hardly surprising they electrified their lines. And since the catenary was there, why not make a really big tea kettle?
– "Some European Railway Practices" by Henry W. Jacobs (anno 1913)
Comparing and contrasting the American way and the European way(s) of doing things, over a century and two world-wide wars ago.
– "Locomotive Engine Running and Management" by Angus Sinclair. Tenth edition, published 1888.
Were this a medical book, it would probably be called "Sinclair's Anatomy".
"Is This the Last Stand of the Iron Horse?"
Norfolk&Western's #2300 steam-electric.
If someone still has a taste for reading scans of "Railroad Run-about – Densha de D", they can, but (as far as I know) only by delving into e-hentai.org. Once there, click on the light blue "Non-H" button to keep all the H from interfering, then search for "densha".
This should net you several non-translated scans *and* the two English translations I know about.
IIRC, in one issue the race was between the protag's sleeper of a racer and an old Tokyu 5000 (Green Frog).