Welcome to michaelckelly.net, new home for railfan & author Michael C Kelly. On this blog you’ll find information on published books, videos, browse a sampling of my railfan experiences, plus info on upcoming releases.
As of July 2016, a new book is being launched: Rails Around Indiana. Please check out that page, and stay tuned for updates. I’m not Otto Perry, Lucius Beebe or Don Ball, but I strive to put forth a quality book that both the serious and casual train enthusiast can enjoy.
So be sure to check out the various pages on my site using the links on the header, and welcome to michaelckelly.net!
After receiving over 330 images so far, we have found our best candidate for the cover of Rails Around Indiana. Nothing says Indiana as much as the Monon, and here Monon 518 leads a southbound past the Gosport depot in the late 60s. Photo by Tony Koester. Unless something else comes in that really blows us away, this is the cover shot.
In 1979 the L&N still had 2 yards in Evansville: the former C&EI Wansford yard and the L&N Howell yard. On 2-17-79, L&N power idles at the steam-era engine facility inside Wansford yard. Photo by Scott Muskopf.
Slides are rolling in, but we’re still searching for more. Areas needed are surprisingly the Indianapolis area, northeast Indiana, and deep southern Indiana. If you have images you’d be interested in lending to this project, please contact me @ 314 809-9310, firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact Dave Crisler of Greenwood, IN, email@example.com.
Rails Around Indiana and southern Illinois is coming along nicely. The project will likely be divided into 2 separate books, as the qualities of images and geography will necessitate a split.
But here is the Indiana coverage so far. NW Indiana is strong, but we are definitely in need of images from central and southern Indiana. It’s still early and there is still plenty of time. If you have images, please contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are looking for great Christmas gifts for the railfans on your life, there are 2 great books still available for under the tree!
Rails Around Michigan and Rails Around Missouri!
Rails Around Michigan is available from amazon.com as a print-on-demand title.
Rails Around Missouri is available by contacting Don Banwart, email@example.com, or calling 620 223-5190, option 1
A pair of shots from L&Ns STL line. First, F7 818 leads a westbound out of the siding and across IL 158 west of Rentchler, IL in June of 66. Then E-units on what’s left of the Georgian/Hummingbird passing the same siding eastbound in July of 68. Both shots by Michael J Kelly. I am looking for more slides of this line for use in my next book, Rails Around Indiana and southern Illinois.