Steam's Lost Empire II

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Celebrate steam with 10 compelling stories selected by the editors of Classic Trains! Steam’s Lost Empire II dives into the rich ecosystem of people and facilities required for running steam locomotives in this collection of compelling first-person stories and authoritative studies.

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Get firsthand accounts of working on steam locomotives, studies of significant locomotive classes by authorities in the field, and more in this special issue from Classic Trains magazine. Steam’s Lost Empire II features 10 compelling stories celebrating the biggest and fastest locomotives in railroading history from well-known authors including David P. Morgan, Robert A. LeMassena, and Lloyd Stagner.

This 100-page special issue offers engaging articles about:

  • Riding the cabs of a Pennsy K4 on the Broadway and a Central Hudson on the Century
  • Great engines of the Santa Fe, Great Northern, and Southern Railway
  • Best of the Best: Super 4-8-4s
  • And more!

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Steam's Lost Empire II is now available in a convenient digital format so you can enjoy your favorite hobby on your PC, Mac, laptop, iPad, iPhone and select Android devices version 2.2 or higher. Powered by Zinio™, digital editions are compatible with PC, Macintosh®, Android™ via Google Play™ app, iOS™ via App StoreSM, and Win8 devices.


Steam’s Lost Empire II

Classic Trains has amassed this 100-page salute to steam’s finest hour that will keep you entertained for days and wishing that steam would somehow make a stand again on the major railroads, and not just in railroad museums.

The articles, a celebration of the vanished world of steam engines, are taken from past issues of Trains magazine, but with all-new layouts and fresh photographs. The contents feature comparisons of the Pennsylvania's K-4 Pacifics and the New York Central's J-1 and J-3s, along with exciting cab rides in the Broadway Limited and the 20th Century Limited.

In another feature, we learn the Santa Fe was the first railroad to use the 4-6-4 Hudson locomotive in passenger service in America. Later, SF #3460 not only had a streamlined look, it was painted two shades of blue, and was celebrated as the most famous Santa Fe steam engine. This article features text, lists "Blue Goose" predecessors and sisters, and a description of a ride behind a Blue Goose.

In other features we go back to a day in 1948 when a railfan photographed 15 engines of seven different wheel arrangements, an article about “super” 4-8-4s, a David P. Morgan tale of mountain railroading in a driving rain, and a young Seaboard fireman’s trip with a high-speed 2-6-6-4. Interlaced between articles are large, all-page photographs of steam railroading from earlier days.

Many railroads, many features, lots of fun reading.

 ---Don Heimburger, Heimburger House Publishing Co. 

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