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!
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.
I am pleased to announce the launch of my next book, Rails Around Indiana (and southern Illinois) – The Hoosier State in Days Past. This new book will follow in the template of Rails Around Missouri and Rails Around Michigan, featuring all-color photographs from the steam era to the mid-1980s. It will be hard cover, and in the range of 150-200 pages packed full of photos, maps and advertising collateral from the railroads of that era.
Go to the Rails Around Indiana page of this website for more info!
It’s a Frisco Friday, with a sampling of Frisco images that can be found in Rails Around Missouri. The book is once again available in hard cover print, exclusively from the Britegraphix wing of Sekan Printing of Ft Scott, KS. Order yours today for $48 + $5 shipping by emailing Don Banwart, firstname.lastname@example.org. If you live in or visit the St. Louis area, let me know and I will be happy to sign your copy.
Above – West Plains, MO, by Bob Plough
Above – Springfield, June 1980 by Terry Norton
Above – Rolla, Sept 1978 by Daniel Schroeder
Above – Rolla, 10-13-75 by Paul Dalman
The photos and captions in the actual book go into great detail, with history and maps, timetable info, etc. Don’t miss out!