Book Review: The Old Railway Station Book

The cover of “The Old Railway Station Book” really caught my eye. This is the stone station at Kensington, PEI, a station I have visited several times. I was hooked. This book by Michael Golay follows the train station from its humble beginnings at the dawn of railroading, through the heyday of train stations at … Read more Book Review: The Old Railway Station Book

Book Review: Streetcars of St. John’s

The book “Streetcars of St. John’s” is the third “before and after” book from author Kenneth G. Pieroway. Following on his excellent Rails Across the Rock and Rails Around the Rock books, this book features the streetcars that once ran in Newfoundland’s capital city, St. John’s. The Amazon links are affiliate links, meaning that I … Read more Book Review: Streetcars of St. John’s

Book Review: The Ontario Northland Railway

Ontario Northland Railway Cover

The book “The Ontario Northland Railway” by Patrick C. Dorin is an excellent snapshot of the ONR in the mid 1980s. Written by the prolific Dr. Dorin, this book is an affectionate look at the railway that runs from Toronto to Moosonee. The book is divided into four major sections: History of the ONR and … Read more Book Review: The Ontario Northland Railway

Book Review: The Railfan Chronicles, Trainwatching in Ontario, 1975 to 2005

I was a little hesitant to try another railfan e-book. I bought one a few years ago from a different author that was… poor. However, this one was great! Author Byron Babbish has 44 books on Amazon at the moment, mostly train books but a few on car ferries and even one or two on … Read more Book Review: The Railfan Chronicles, Trainwatching in Ontario, 1975 to 2005

Book Review: Locomotives of Western Canada

The title of Mike Danneman’s new book, “Locomotives of Western Canada“, really caught my eye, since I live in western Canada! I was initially disappointed when I realized that by “western” he really meant “Alberta and British Columbia”. That disappointment faded page by page as I enjoyed every gorgeous photo of trains in beautiful mountain … Read more Book Review: Locomotives of Western Canada

Book Review: Self-Propelled Cars of the CNR

I recently read the book “Self-Propelled Cars of the CNR: Endurance, Economy and speed” by Anthony Clegg. This book says it is “an illustrated history of the vehicles that helped to keep railway passenger service alive”. Background Passenger service used to be a large part of railways’ business. They went to great lengths to provide … Read more Book Review: Self-Propelled Cars of the CNR

Book Review: Streamliners

The book “Streamliners: Locomotives and Trains in the Age of Speed and Style” by Brian Solomon is a great overview of streamlined trains, from early examples like the UP M-10000 through the California Zephyr and beyond. Streamliners is up to the usual quality that I have come to expect from Brian Solomon books – well-researched, … Read more Book Review: Streamliners