Canadian National Steam!

Canadian National Steam!

[a Locomotive History of The People's Railway]

Book - 2013
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An illustrated history of Canadian National Railways' more than 4300 steam locomotives. It is so detailed, so full of photographs and information, the premi#65533;re volume will then be followed by seven rosters.
Publisher: Montreal : Railfare DC Books, c2013
ISBN: 9781927599006
Branch Call Number: 625.2610971 MCQ NVD
Characteristics: 256 p. : ill., photos
Additional Contributors: Clegg, Anthony 1920-


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Jan 24, 2014

Canadian National Steam: A Locomotive History of The People’s Railway --- by Donald R. McQueen. This is the kind of book I would never have looked for in the local (Canadian) library. However, the librarians who run the local digs are always good enough to display new books on a series of shelves where you come in: you virtually can’t miss them. In addition, I’m also blessed with the kind of very, very “significant other” who lets me know when I simply must wear my toque because it’s simply too cold outside or who lets me shriekingly know when there’s a huge Hummer lurking in my blind spot before I make contact. Well, this very same very, very significant other brought me this book, virtually panting as she did. Canadian National Steam is not a book that will appeal to very many people. Not to the cake decorators, the macramé makers, the Chilton engine re-builders, the economic prognosticators or the self-help book readers. But it will, I hope, find a ready audience among that small niche market of readers who appreciate a technology of yesteryear. This small readership I suspect consists overwhelmingly of males of a certain age who were imprinted with the lore of steam at a young and tender age. This tiny demographic cohort , although small in number, none the less makes up for its small size by it’s passion for this lost technology. This book is soft cover, 256 pages long and crammed with lots and lots of mostly black and white (that’s how they used to take them in the 1930’ and 40’s and even into the 50’s) pictures, lots of technical data; tables of who owned them, who built them, how they were modified, where they were stationed. Not everyone’s cup of tea but many of the illustrations will speak to a readership well beyond the railroad historians. Page 154 features the yards at London; page 129 shows Toronto’s Spadina Yards without a high-rise studded horizon: no TD Centre, no condo towers. Real and would-be-railroader: grab it! An exhaustive refernce.

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