Synopses & Reviews
For nearly two centuries, through vast upheavals and enormous change, railroads have remained crucial to North American transportation. And always setting the pace have been the mighty American locomotives in all their ever-evolving forms. This collection traces the development of steam, electric, and diesel locomotives from the early nineteenth century right up to the present. More than 250 photographs are accompanied by detailed captions identifying the locomotives and explaining their roles in the history of American motive power. Together, the photographs depict well over 75 locomotive types and reflect the grand geographic and technological breadth of North American railroading.
Trains, January 2007
“Uses a diverse selection of strong, colorful photographs by Steve Barry to trace this evolution of North American locomotives, and is brought together by complete descriptions and annotations on the different steam, electric, and diesel locomotives … make this book worthy of any locomotive fan’s library.”
National Railway Bulletin, Fall 2006
“The book is a handy compendium of American motive power, both past and present. The price is reasonable, and the size makes it convenient to carry to identify any unfamiliar locomotive. It is recommended as a worthy addition to the basic library of students of the industry.”
This volume contains a wealth of interesting historical and up-to-the-minute locomotive data. Without question, the book paints a clear overall picture of North American locomotive evolution and development. – The Michigan Railfan
Railroad Model Craftsman, March 2007
“Useful for anyone interested in the progress that led to the locomotives we see plying the rails today, Rail Power is an informative and well-illustrated guide to locomotive development through the history of United States railroading.”
About the Author
Steve Barry has been photographing locomotives and trains for more than 25 years. The managing editor of Railfan and Railroad magazine and the author of the bestselling Rail Power (Voyageur Press, 2006), he resides in Newton, New Jersey.