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Following are a number of reference books grouped by category. Some are out of print but they may be available from other collectors or from used book dealers. We do not sell any of these, and there is no commercial interest whatsoever in what is listed here.
Luckin, Richard. Butter Pat World. RK Publishing, 621 Cascade Court, Golden Colorado 80403-1581.
Luckin, Richard. Mimbres to Mimbreno: A Study of Santa Fe's Famous China Pattern. Available in hardcover from the California State Railroad Museum store.
Luckin, Richard. Santa Fe's California Poppy China Pattern: An Introduction. A 21 page booklet available fom the California State Railroad Museum store.
Luckin, Richard. Teapot Treasury. RK Publishing, 621 Cascade Court, Golden Colorado 80403-1581
Paul, Larry R. Sparkling Crystal: A Collector's Guide to Railroad Glassware. Compiled for Railroad Collectors Association Incorporated
Oaks, Jeff. Date Nails and Railroad Tie Preservation. (Special report #3, University of Indianapolis Archeology and Forensics Laboratory - 3rd Printing with minor corrections). Available from Jeff Oaks, Dept. of Mathematics, University of Indianapolis, 1400 E. Hanna Ave. Indianapolis, IN 46227 ($28 postpaid). Jeff also has a website discussing date nails: http://facstaff.uindy.edu/~oaks/DateNailInfo.htm
Lanterns & Lamps
Barrett, Richard C. Supplement No. 1 to The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Railroad Lighting: Volume One, The Railroad Lantern. (Published 1997). Railroad Research Publications.
Cunningham, W.A. Santa Fe Lanterns & Locks: 1874 to 1928. (Published: 1997). Out of Print
Dreimiller, David. Signal Lights: A Collectors Reference to Railroad Signal Lamps and Highway Warning Devices. (Published 1990). Address: Signal Lights, 33200 Bainbridge Rd., Suite 4, Solon, OH 44139.
Dreimiller, David. The Dressel Lamp and Signal Company: 1926 Catalog of Railway Lighting Equipment. Address: Hiram Press, P.O. Box 1926, Hiram, OH 44234.
Farrell, Joseph F. The illustrated Guide to Peter Gray Railroad Hardware. (Published: 1994; redone in 2000 onto CD-ROM format). Farrell Railroad Consulting, PO Box 1058, Leominster, MA 01453.
Hobson, Anthony. Lanterns that Lit our World: How to Identify, Date, and Restore Old Railroad, Marine, Fire, Carriage, Farm, and Other Lanterns. (Published: 1993). Golden Hill Press, Spencertown, NY 12165.
Locks & Keys
Barrett, Richard and Gross, Joseph. Railroad Locks & Keys, Volume 1: The Adams & Westlake Company. (Published 1998). Railroad Research Publications, See note 1.
Stewart, Don. Railroad Switch Keys & Padlocks - 2nd Edition. Still available: Don Stewart passed away several years ago but his books are still available from Richard Chenovick, 1491 Sycamore Canyon Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93108. This book can be purchased at the original price of $30 plus $3 shipping by media mail (updated 12/15).
Lomazzi, Brad. Railroad Timetables, Travel Brochures & Posters. (Published: 1995). Golden Hill Press, Spencertown, NY 12165.
Bollhagen, Phil. The Great Book of Railroad Playing Cards. PO Box 2998, Greenfield, WI 53220
Bollhagen, Phil. Supplement No. 1 to the Great Book of Railroad
Playing Cards. PO Box 2998, Greenfield, WI 53220
Maffet, Everett L. Silver Banquet II: A Compendium on Railroad Dining Care Silver Serving Pieces. Silver Press, Box 184, Eaton, OH 45320
Morgenfruh, Rudy and Dominy, Art. Silver at Your Service: A Collector's Guide to Railroad Dining Care Flatware Patterns.
Joyce, James. Railroad Spikes: A Collector's Guide. (Published 1985). Sutter House (Carried by the California Railroad Museum, Sacramento, California).
Stocks and Bonds
Cox, Terry. Stocks and Bonds of North American Railroads: Collector's Guide with Price Values. (Published 1995). BNR Press, Port Clinton, Ohio (Carried by the California Railroad Museum, Sacramento, California).
Tokens (Trolley & Interurban)
American Vesturist Association. Atwood-Coffee Catalog of US and Canadian Transportation Tokens. Contact: The American Vecturist Association, PO Box 1204, Boston, MA 02104
Van Court, Donald. Transportation Uniform Buttons, Volume 1: Railroad.
Van Court, Donald. Transportation Uniform Buttons, Volume 2: Transit.
Multi-Category or Other
Baker, Stanley. Railroad collectibles: Fourth Edition. Collector Books, PO Box 3009, Paducah, KY 42001.
Edson, William D. Railroad Names. (Published: 1993). William D. Edson, 10820 Gainsborough Road, Potomac, MD 20854.
Gross, Joseph. Railroads of North America. Railroad Research Publications.
Gross, Joseph. The Trolley and Interurban Directory. Railroad Research Publications.
Klamkin, Charles. Railroadiana: A Collector's Guide to Railroad Memorabilia. Funk & Wagnalls, New York, 1976.
Piche, Elon. Great Northern Collectibles. This book is devoted exclusively to one railroad, the Great Northern Railway - 224 pages, 850 photos, half of them color.
Piche, Elon. Northern Pacific Collectibles. Like his earlier Great Northern book, this book is devoted exclusively to one railroad, the Northern Pacific Railway - 224 pages, half of them color.
Piche, Elon. Collectibles From Minnesota Railroads. Railroads include: Dan Patch Line - Duluth Railroads - Chicago Great Western - Soo Line - Minneapolis & St. Louis - Minnesota & International Falls - Luce Electric Short Line - Minneapolis & Rainy River - Minneapolis, Northfield & Southern - Chicago & Northwestern - Burlington Route - Rock Island & Misc. small RR.
Railway Age. Railway Age's Comprehensive Railroad Dictionary. (Published 1992).
Some Other organizations are of special interest to those interested in railroad memorabilia and history.
The National Railway Historical Society is an organization that deals with all aspects of railroad history and restoration. They have a number of regional chapters, many that have their own web sites. Click here for more information as well as links to NRHS websites.
The National Association of Timetable Collectors is an organization that focuses on the different types of timetables issued by the railroads. A publication is issued a couple times a year. Membership is handled by George Fletcher, 224 Riverside Drive, Nashville, TN 37206-1930
Westcoast Lock Collectors: Bob Heilemann, 1427 Lincoln Blvd., San Monica, California, 90401, (310) 230 - 3004 eves.