Steam's Lost Empire III

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Steam’s Lost Empire is back with the third volume of this top-selling special magazine issue! Steam’s Lost Empire III brings you 50 years of Trains’ best writing including 9 feature articles and more than 130 historic photos.

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Description

Relive the steam era with thrilling tales and dramatic images from the world of great locomotives! Steam’s Lost Empire III brings you 50 years of Trains’ best writing including 9 feature articles and more than 130 historic photos.

Check out firsthand accounts of working on steam locomotives, studies of significant locomotive classes by authorities in the field, historic and dramatic photos, and more compelling stories!

Well-known authors David P. Morgan, Robert A. LeMassena, Ed King, and others take you back in time with articles covering:

  • Visit Pennsylvania’s famed East Broad Top as it was
  • Ride in the cab over California’s Donner Pass
  • Significant locomotives: the wartime designs of the USRA
  • And more!

Get your copy today of this 100-page special issue and go back to a time when steam was king!

SAVE 15% when you buy the Steam's Lost Empire bundle!

Steam's Lost Empire III 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.

Reviews

Featuring 191 black and white and color photographs of all types of steam locomotives from numerous railroads (but mostly large steam power), plus captivating history and a wide selection of articles from past Kalmbach Media publications, this 100-page softbound booklet is just the kind of publication you can sit down with, enjoy a cup of coffee or a beer, and dream about the railroad glories of the past.

The opening article by William Moedinger relives the history of the revived East Top Railroad in Pennsylvania with 10 detailed pages of this narrow gauge line's past history supplemented with wonderful photos. Well-known author Robert A. Le Massena presents his story of the birth of railroading’s largest steamers such as the Erie's 2-8-8-0, the Pennsy's Q-2 4-4-6-4, Michigan Central’s Lima-built Super Power 2-8-0’s and Northern Pacific’s giant 2-8-8-4s built by Alco. A captivating 10-page article with large photos follows entitled “Right-Hand Man in the Cab” detailing how the engineer is the key man on the right side of the locomotive.

“West Trenton: New Jersey's Hot Spot” is an article from the August, 1968 Trains magazine of the Reading’s multiple-tracked New York branch, a place to watch super train action in the late 1930s and 1940s. The line was part of the Baltimore & Ohio's famous Royal Blue Line. Excellent photography accompanies this eight-page spread.

Other intriguing articles include the legacy of USRA steam locomotives, a story detailing Georgia’s quaint short line Gainesville Midland and railroading in the Blue Mountains of Oregon. In all, this is a well-documented, intriguing publication that will keep you entertained for a long while.

By Don Heimburger, Heimburger House Publishing Co.

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