Freight Train Cars

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MBI Pub., 1999 - Transportation - 96 pages
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In the world of railway enthusiasts and modelers, freight carriers are every bit as technically involved and evocative as engines and cabooses. This color gallery pictures and describes, well, a trainload of "rolling stock" -- boxcars, flatcars, hoppers, gondolas, tank cars, auto-rack transports and others -- representing a variety of railways in action around the nation. Engines may provide the power and cabooses the sentimetal value, but without that which comes in between, both are moot.

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About the author (1999)

Mike Schafer hails from Rockford, Illinois, where he recalls his earliest train-watching experiences on the Illinois Central, Milwaukee Road, Burlington Route, and Chicago & North Western. He vividly can recall his first train rides, circa 1952, on IC u2019s Hawkeye and Land O u2019 Corn between Rockford and Chicago. Eventually he would declare the latter -- America u2019s railroad hub -- his u201chonorary hometown. Mike and his little dog Archie reside in a house (which includes a 1,600-square-foot model railroad) next to BNSF u2019s busy Twin Cities mainline in a small town outside Chicago where he also serves as village trustee and occasionally mayor pro tem.

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