Book Review – Appalachian Coal Mines and Railroads In Color Vol 3: Southern West Virginia

By Stephen M. Timko
Morning Sun Books 2016
ISBN 1-58248-522-4

45star

Review by Dan Bourque

Book Appalachian Coal Mines and Railroads in Color Vol 3Stephen Timko’s latest offering in his Appalachian Coal Mines and Railroads in Color series is Volume 3: Southern West Virginia. Like Vol 1 and Vol 2, Timko has teamed up with photographer Everett Young to provide another up-close and “in the hollers” look at the coal fields, this time in West Virginia. Not surprisingly, this book is … Read more

Book Review – Conrail Central Region in Color Volume 1

By Stephen M. Timko
Morning Sun Books 2015
ISBN 1-58248-444-9

4star

 Review by Dan Bourque

book_conrail_central_region_v1Stephen Timko’s book Conrail Central Region in Color is a great resource for any modelers interested in Conrail’s early years or Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio railroading in the ’70s. What makes this book unique is the very finite area and time period covered–primarily two states and five years. Thanks to this narrow scope, the reader really gets a … Read more

Book Review – Pittsburg & Shawmut in Color

By Kurt Reisweber and Brad Esposito
Morning Sun Books 2015
ISBN 1-58248-449-X

5star

 Review by Dan Bourque

Book Pittsburg & Shawmut in Color book reviewPittsburg & Shawmut in Color chronicles this colorful, coal-hauling Pennsylvania short line from the 1970s through the end of its corporate life in the mid-1990s. This book is packed full of exceptional color photos (many by co-author Kurt Reisweber) covering nearly the entire railroad with rich and information-packed captions and text that … Read more

Book Review – Virginian Railway Memories

By Aubrey Wiley

45star

Review by Dan Bourque

Virginian Railway Memories BookVirginian Railway Memories by Aubrey Wiley is unlike any other railroad book I’ve ever read. It took me a while to put my finger on why it’s so unique, but I finally figured out what it reminded me of–my grandfather’s scrapbooks. My grandfather worked for NASA for 30 years, and he kept amazing scrapbooks with information you couldn’t find anywhere else. The author of … Read more

Book Review – Appalachian Coal Mines and Railroads in Color, Vol 2: Virginia

By Stephen M. Timko
Morning Sun Books 2014
ISBN 1-58248-419-8

5star

 Review by Dan Bourque

Appalachian Coal Mines and Railroads in Color Vol 2 VirginiaStephen Timko’s Appalachian Coal Mines and Railroads in Color, Vol 2 follows-up his earlier work on Kentucky with a photo album covering the Virginia coal fields. Like volume 1, Stephen has partnered with photographer Everett Young to produce a stunning pictorial of the life of Appalachian coal hauling railroads in the diesel era.

If … Read more

Book Review – Appalachian Coal Mines and Railroads in Color, Vol 1: Kentucky

By Stephen M. Timko
Morning Sun Books 2012
ISBN 1-58248-373-6

45star

Review by Dan Bourque

Appalachian Coal Mines and Railroads in Color vol 1 KentuckyI can’t believe I waited two years to finally buy this book! in Appalachian Coal Mines and Railroads, Vol 1, Stephen Timko has teamed up with photographer Everett Young to cover the coal fields of Kentucky. This book has the feel of a photo album with the pictures telling the majority of the … Read more

Book Review – Bluestone, N&W Branch Line

by Alex Schust, Mason Cooper, Ken Bowen and Buddy French
Norfolk & Western Historical Society 2011

3star

Review by Dan Bourque

Book - Bluestone, N&W Branch LineBluestone, Norfolk & Western Branch Line is the first of a series published by the N&W Historical Society with each book covering a significant branch or series of branches in the N&W’s coal fields. The Bluestone Branch was one of the N&W’s first major branches in the coal fields, … Read more

eBook Review – Model Trains for Beginners

4star

Review by Dan Bourque

Model Trains for Beginners CovereBooks can be a tricky proposition for buyers because you can’t browse them like you would a book in a hobby shop. I first came across Model Trains for Beginners when I saw it advertised on many model train websites. While I’m not a beginner, I still found myself wondering “is it a good book and worth the price?” I revisited this book when I was looking for information and products … Read more

Book review – N&W Clinch Valley Line

By Ed Wolfe
HEW Enterprises 2013
ISBN 978-0-9720692-4-3

45star

Review by Dan Bourque

Book - N&W Clinch Valley LineThose of you familiar with Ed Wolfe’s previous books won’t be surprised by this book’s high rating. Ed, with help from many including his co-authors Charles Wilson, Jr. and Paul Mandelkern, delivers again with this history of the Norfolk & Western’s Clinch Valley line. The N&W’s Clinch Valley line extended from the N&W’s main at Bluefield, WV to it’s interchange with the Louisville & Nashville at Norton, VA. … Read more

Book review – Southern Railway Appalachian Division

By Ed Wolfe
HEW Enterprises 2010

4star

Review by Dan Bourque

Book cover - Southern Railway Appalachia DivisionMany of us familiar with the fantastic book series on the Interstate Railroad written by Ed Wolfe and his father, Hugh Wolfe, have been waiting anxiously for Ed’s book on the Southern Railway’s Appalachia Division since it was first rumored a couple of years ago. To get to the bottom line quickly, this book is excellent and was well worth the wait, but it is a bit different from Ed’s … Read more