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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?