Iron Horses & Paintbrushes: My Life as a Railroad Man & Artist

by Charles L. Amos with Brook T. Amos

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Iron Horses & Paintbrushes: My Life as a Railroad Man & Artist is the memoirs and personal recollections of lifetime railroader and railroad artist Charles L. Amos. An official for the Western Maryland Railway in the 1950s and 1960s in places like Port Covington, Hagerstown, and Cumberland, Amos left to join the Federal Railroad Administration and later the federal Department of Transportation, becoming an integral force in the passage of the 4R Act of 1976 that created Conrail from six bankrupt eastern railroads. Amos retired from his final post at the Association of American Railroads to pursue a new career in art.

Amos’s lifelong passion for realistic painting, coupled with several years of professional artistic training under acclaimed Baltimore Impressionist Marjorie Martinet and three decades of railroad experience, quickly made him one of the most influential American railroad artists ever to put a brush to canvas. His talents and fame placed him alongside greats Howard Fogg and Ted Rose in the world of railroad art. Lucrative commissions from railroads, companies, and individuals across the country supplied his income, while his directorship with the Western Maryland Scenic Railway kept him firmly entrenched in the railroad industry. Over 30 of Amos’s original artworks are reproduced throughout the pages of this book in stunning quality.

Amidst his life’s unique combination of railroading and artistry, Amos’s family was peppered with intriguing happenstance. This memoir includes stories of an uncle that was the inventor of the modern electric string trimmer (weedwacker), a brother-in-law that held a museum-quality collection of rare light bulbs, and another brother-in-law that was none other than U.S. Vice President Spiro Agnew. The book's two forewords are provided by former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury and CEO of CSX Transportation John W. Snow, as well as renowned railroad writer and former New York Times columnist Karl Zimmermann.

Charles, along with his son Brook, deliver this compelling narrative of his extraordinary, fortune-filled life in exquisite detail. From Amos’s time as a teenager on the volunteer fire brigade to the re-dedication of CSX’s Cumberland, Maryland locomotive servicing facility in his honor, the story of Charles L. Amos is a tale of vintage Americana, railroading innovation, and unparalleled artistry that will appeal to historians, railfans, and art lovers alike.

To be released November 20, 2019

8.5"x11" softcover
180 pages
ISBN: 978-1-7331566-6-0

 

Conrail Rainbow Years, Volume 2

by Rudy Garbely

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The second in a series of titles covering Conrail’s first years of operations (1976-1980), this book features slides from GPCo's own vast collection, and represents the "best of the best" in early Conrail photography. The book covers Conrail’s “Rainbow Years,” when motive power in a variety of patched-out color schemes from its six predecessor railroads operated across the new Conrail system. A smattering of freshly painted Conrail blue locomotives, as well as other railroads’ locomotives that were leased to alleviate power shortages, added to the color palette. This book covers the entirety of Conrail’s territory from New York to Chicago and everything in between, with over 140 full-color images of Conrail’s unique Rainbow Years.

To be released January 25, 2020

8.5"x11" softcover
88 pages

 

The Rock-A-Bye Baby: A History of the Rockaway Valley Railroad (Second Edition)

by Thomas T. Taber III

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Constructed in 1888 between Whitehouse and Morristown, New Jersey, the Rockaway Valley Railroad was poorly conceived, poorly engineered, and poorly funded from the beginning. Steep grades, a wildly fluctuating customer base, and a variety of corporate reorganizations ground the railroad to a halt in 1913, and the rails were lifted in 1917 to support the war effort. Today, much of the RVRR is a popular walking trail amongst the suburban sprawl that has overtaken the area.

This classic book, first published in 1972, covers the entire history of the railroad from its inception through its demise. The original negatives for the photographs in the 1972 edition, all now over a century old, have been scanned from the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania’s archives and digitally enhanced and retouched for an optimal viewing experience. Additional photos have also been located and added. If obscure short line railroading is your interest, then this book is for you!

To be released Winter 2019

6"x9" softcover
78 pages

 

Rails to Sterling Forest: The History of the Greenwood Lake Division

by Kevin K. Olsen

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This extensive history of the Erie's Greenwood Lake Division covers everything from the railroad's earliest days as the Montclair & Greenwood Lake Railroad through its current use by NJ Transit. With historic black & white and color photos throughout, this is the definitive story of rail service along a scenic New Jersey route.

To be released early 2020

~150 pages | 8.5"x11" softcover

 

Bobbers: North America's Four-Wheeled Cabooses

by Edward W. Neubaum

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~200 pages | 8.5"x11" softcover

 

Pinsly Railroad Company, Volume 1: Northern Roads

by Dr. Cary F. Poole & Eric J. Bickleman

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~100 pages | 8.5"x11" softcover

 

Pinsly Railroad Company, Volume 2: SOUthern Roads

by Dr. Cary F. Poole & Eric J. Bickleman

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~100 pages | 8.5"x11" softcover

 

The Railroads of Aldene

by Richard J. King

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Accomplished railroad author and historian Richard J. King focuses on the various railroads of the one-square-mile Aldene, NJ area, which at one time contained the CNJ, LV, B&O, SIRT, RV, and RDG. From the first laying of rails in the 1830s through modern-day operations (CR, NJT, NYS&W, and M&E), King presents new information on the multiple interchanges and flow of traffic through one of New Jersey’s busiest railroad intersections.

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~100 pages | 8.5"x11" softcover