Good book for technical introduction to railroads

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Good book for technical introduction to railroads
Posted by CaptainKoloth on Friday, April 2, 2021 11:16 AM

Hello everyone: I've always loved trains. I'm looking for a good book that has a quasi-technical introduction to railroading- how tracks work, how locomotives are designed and driven, etc. However, most everything I've found so far seems to be fall into the category of "Trains are Cool for Kids!", "Giant Coffee Table Book of Mostly Just Pictures", or "900 Page Tome on How to Actually Sit Down and Design a Locomotive". Anything out there that's more technical than the second but less than the third? Not looking for a history book, but a description of modern railroading.

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Posted by DSchmitt on Monday, April 5, 2021 11:13 PM

Lithonia Operator

It was written to be used as an University textbook written by John Armstrong


Here is a modei railroad book that covers some of the same info as far as operations

ohn Armstrong

Model Railroader

John H. Armstrong was a mechanical engineer, inventor, editor, prolific author, and model railroader best known for layout design and operations. He was married for 44 years to Ellen Palmer. They had four children. More at Wikipedia




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Posted by PNWRMNM on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 9:40 PM

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