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This Was Railroading – George Abdill (1958) (E)


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From the dust jacket: “Railroading is the massive Mallet and the caboose hop. It is the lonely track walker, the roundhouse rumors, the water tender, the engineer’s long-spouted oil can. It is the age of steam centered in the most romantic field of industry and commerce ever to intrigue Mr. America…. Get into the cab and as Engineer Abdill steams up the grade he’ll spin you tales of the rails and illustrate them with a part of his precious collection, many of these photographs museum pieces of the first water, most of them never published, all are rare.

The book is in good condition.  The spine is tight and there are no loose pages.  The dust jacket shows minor shelf wear.  The numbers “10.50” is written in pencil on the inside of the front dust cover; “D11” (or “DII”) is written in pencil, as well as a sticker on the inside of the front cover “From the Library of Charles William Briggs, Jr.”  There are no other writings or marks in the book. See photos.

Product Details:

  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 051703462X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0517034620

(E) Bin 1

Weight 32 oz
Dimensions 11 × 9 × 1 in


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