Sources of engine service facility info

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  1. kchronister

    kchronister Member

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    Can anyone suggest sites, books, etc. that would give me some insight into loco service facilities, specifically for steam. More specifically for 1945-50 era?

    Thanks,

    K
  2. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

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    Kalmbach has published two books that would probably help you. They have one out on railroading in the 50's and they came out with one a couple of years ago on railroad maintanance facilities if I remember correctly.
  3. kchronister

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    Thanks Russ. I got the one on the 50's which is okay as a source for this, but not too much. I'll try to hunt down the other one - I already know the local library ain't got it (I know their model railroad collection pretty much by heart), so maybe I'll check Amazon used books...
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    John Armstrong's Track Planning for Realistic Operation has a chapter on service trackage including steam engine facilities.
    Stump7
  5. kchronister

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    Aha! "The Model Railroader's Guide to Locomotive Servicing Terminals"... we'll give that a shot, i think.
  6. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

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    John Pryke has a book out on steam - a very talented modeller who has had all kinds of articles in MR. I do not know if he addresses prototypical steam service (and how to model it) in his book, or just our scale versions.

    Andrew
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    babydot94513 Member in training

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    Stump. does this book also cover yard operations and design?

    JD

  8. JAyers

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    Certainly it does. There s quite a lot of info about design considerations and hump yard operations. It pretty much is the standard that everyone references. A great read whether you're going to go down to that level of realism and operationalism or not.

    John

  9. kchronister

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    I ended up reviewing both this and the McGuirk loco-terminal specific book...

    Both are interesting and valuable, though Armstrong's material is limited to a scant couple of pages. Good stuff, but it's like comparing the Cliff's Notes to the full novel (where loco service is concerned).