Canadian National Steam! is here

Canadian National Steam

Today’s mail brought my copy of Canadian National Steam! – the first in a series of books on the subject by Donald McQueen, and published by Railfare*DC Books.

I ordered my copy almost a year ago – and promptly forgot about it. So it was a very pleasant surprise. I’m pleased to report it was also well worth the wait.

This first volume is a text ‘n’ table-heavy tome. From the Railfare*DC website:

The book contains 43 tables and an extensive series of appendices – 47 in all – covering across-the-classes items such as livery, sales, leases, appliance application, (including compounding, gearing, superheating, feedwater heating, smoke deflectors, stokers, oil burners, cab and tender designs). There’s also a guide to the individual locomotive roster volumes.

Subsequent volumes – seven of them – will come next year. Here’s what the publisher has to say about these roster volumes:

They will contain the individual locomotive rosters by CNR classes according to similar or related wheel arrangements (including Newfoundland Railway and the Central Vermont Railway). Every steam locomotive will be listed, and the roster will provide all the information historians, rail enthusiasts and transportation buffs would ever want to know (and then some), including build data, ownership history, appliance history, class notes.

More than 1200 photographs, with informative captions, will appear in the roster volumes, which will feature sturdy wire binding, permitting the roster book pages to open completely flat.

My cheque for the roster volumes is already in the mail. While I wait, I have some intensive reading to do. What a treat for those interested in CN steam power!

(I have nothing to do with the publication of this – just an excited book buyer, and thought I’d share.)

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