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I am not planning on getting into book sales in a big way. They are way too heavy to be carting them to shows. However, every now and then a book comes along that I want and I reckon that may also mean other people may want a copy too.


History Books 

The subtitle for this first section should probably be "Books I wanted so I got a few"

Denver & Rio Grande:

The Early Years

It was a glorious period that has been termed the days of “wooden cars and iron men.” Today it is difficult to even comprehend the tremendous amounts of energy, manpower and money that went into constructing the Denver & Rio Grande into and across the Rocky Mountains. The courage, determination and sheer guts of such an undertaking are impressively apparent today on the two remaining portions of three-foot gauge trackage out of Durango, Colorado and Chama, New Mexico.

By 1883, Palmer’s “Narrow Gauge Transcontinental” mainline stretched 771 miles from Denver to Ogden. The Pullman sleeper-equipped Pacific Express (westbound) and the eastbound Atlantic Express operated on a forty-one and a-half hour schedule and was trailed by “named” parlor cars.

Elsewhere, on the Cumbres Pass line in southern Colorado and northern New Mexico, the daily Colorado & New Mexico Express ran in both directions between Salida, Alamosa and Durango, with a helper being added for the 14 miles of steep four-percent grade between Chama and the 10,015-foot summit at Cumbres.

A hike along the abandoned grades over Marshall, Cerro Summit and Poncha Pass is sure to bring visions of a small 2-8-0 Consolidation and a diminutive 4-6-0 Ten-Wheeler as they blasted upgrade with an 1890s varnish run. You can almost hear the double header’s exhaust, smell the coal smoke mixed with valve oil and feel the saturated steam as the consist passes.

After over 60 years of research and what the late Robert W. Richardson termed “picture hunting”, this book is a pictorial history of the D&RG’s narrow gauge. The Rio Grande Glory Days are preserved here in rare old photographs and art. Climb aboard for the ride of your life as we relive the days when the world and the Rio Grande were young. Almost every quality photograph available from 1873 to 1921 has been included in this volume. No Rio Grande or early railroading enthusiast will want to be without Ferrell's 22nd (and last) book.

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This book is due in the US in April so will get here sometime in May

Preorder it now for £70 including UK postage 

Regular price expected to be £79 plus post

Please do me a favour. If pre-ordering this book just order it alone and don't combine it with other items. There is a risk your order will get lost if you order mulitple items with it

The Eureka & Palisade

This new book tells the story of the narrow gauge Eureka & Palisade and its successor, the Eureka Nevada. Persevering through floods, fires, and the ebb and flow of the mining industry it served, the E&P was born in the bonanza era of Nevada mining and ran until the Great Depression and declining metal prices shut it down. Before that end, it hauled millions in gold, silver, and lead through the sagebrush covered hills of Nevada, cementing its place in the annals of great narrow gauge railroads.

The E&P used everything from brand new, ornately-painted Victorian era locomotives and cars, to a motley collection of secondhand, thirdhand, and homebuilt equipment to soldier on in the 1920s and ’30s. The saga of the E&P is told in exquisite detail in 10 chapters of comprehensive text, 450 photos and illustrations, 41 maps, and 18 equipment drawings. Also included is a complete and detailed equipment roster, extensively illustrated.


Part One: The Eureka & Palisade

  • Chapter One: Pittsburgh of the West, 1864-1873

  • Chapter Two: A Magnificent Enterprise, 1873-1876

  • Chapter Three: The “Three By Three,” 1876-1881

  • Chapter Four: Hard Times and Mixed Trains, 1882-1902

  • Chapter Five: High Water, 1902-1910

Part Two: The Eureka Nevada Railway

  • Chapter Six: The John Sexton Years, 1912-1925

  • Chapter Seven: As Rich as Old Croesus, The Rise and Fall of the Eureka Smelting Company, 1917-1927

  • Chapter Eight: The Last Go–Around, 1927-1938

  • Chapter Nine: Timetables, Operations on the Narrow Gauge, 1874-1938

  • Chapter Ten: Mileposts, a Gazetteer of the Eureka & Palisade


I: Locomotives

II: Motorcars

III: Passenger Cars

IV: Freight Cars

V: Work & Company Cars

VI: Equipment Drawings

VII: Employees

Map Index





The original WDLR Album was published in 2014, based on a military photograph album compiled at the end of the First World War. It depicted the British 60cm gauge railways employed on the Western Front in France, and it was thought that there should have been an accompanying report. At the time, this could not be traced but, in the following two years what is believed to be a copy was traced to the Kew Records Office.

This new book draws together information from the report and from another on the 1916 proposals to improve the movement of munitions and supplies to the Front. Col. David W Ronald has used his military knowledge to full advantage and now gives a lucid explanation of just how the WD Light Railway system came into being, its organisation, operation and how it came to be largely ignored after the end of the conflict.

In addition, we have a ‘Portfolio’ of 56 scale drawings by noted draughtsman Peter Foley, himself a WD Light Railway specialist, plus extracts from the report itself and much more original material not seen before.

As such, this book is both a ‘stand-alone’ publication and the ideal companion to the earlier work. The two books together are likely to become the authoritative work on the subject.

196 pages, over 62 photographs,
56 modellers’ scale drawings, 29 drawings, diagrams, maps and plans.

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  Modelling Books

Freight Car Handbook

Freight cars make up the majority of rolling stock in North America. There are literally thousands of car designs and dozens of car types. This book is your gateway to some of these cars. Whether you are researching a particular car type, looking for a scratchbuilding project, or just love rolling stock drawings, this book is for you. Included are hundreds of elevations, details, and plans carefully recreated by some of Railroad Model Craftsman’s best draftsmen. All eras are represented in clear and accurate renderings. Both black and white and color is represented with the latter type showing complete car painting and lettering designs.


1. Introduction

2. Autoracks

3. Boxcars

4. Flatcars

5. Hoppers & Gondolas

6. MoW Cars

7. Piggyback Cars

8. Reefers

9. Steel Coil Cars

10. Stock Cars

11. Tank Cars

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21 Projects for Scratchbuilders

Stuck for structure building inspiration?

Then this book is for you!

A follow-up to Bob Walker’s Scratchbuilding for Model Railroaders, his new book gives you 21 distinctive structure building ideas. Bob’s “Scratchbuilders Corner” features remain one of the most popular RMC columns, and this book applies the simple tips and techniques he has shared over the years to structures in HO, S, and O scales.

Build a gas station, depot, sand house, wood and stone factory, retail store, tavern, engine house, water tank, freight house, and many more. Scale drawings for select projects are included. No structure builder should be without a copy.


Scratchbuilding for Model Railroaders

Reprinted following the success of the follow up 21 Projects book we now have a stock of these here in the UK.