About Me


I am Mike Kelly, railfan & author. Railroading is in my blood, with a father & grandfather who worked for the Wabash, and an uncle who worked for the MoPac & Union Pacific. I’ve been railfanning since I was 5, & got my first camera at age 10. Then began the hobby of taking print pictures, tape recordings, slides, and then my favorite media: video. While I work for a major telecom company today, I proudly worked for a national rail-hobby retailer, The Great Train Store, for 15 years, mostly in St Louis, from 1985 to 2000.


Over the years of working there, I developed a passion for railfan books and video, having read countless titles & watched thousands of hours of them. Inspired by my father’s photos of the Wabash that he took in the 1960s, I authored my first book, “Wabash In Color, Vol. 2”, published by Morning Sun Books in 2007.

Wabash in Color, Vol 2

It’s a trip back to the 1950s and 60s to see the Wabash Railroad from the days of steam to the days of the Bluebird and into the early days of the N&W merger. From 4-6-4s to F7s, FM Trainmasters to GP35s, come along as we tour the Wabash from Kansas City to St Louis, Decatur, Chicago and Detroit. Hard cover, 128 pages of history, maps, illustrations, and 230 all-color photos.

Next came “Rails Around Michigan” in 2010. It sold out by January 2011, but a PDF version is currently available, with a Kindle version coming by Spring 2014. You can read more about this book by clicking the link in the header above.










The “Last Ride of 1522” DVD, available now. It is 75 minutes of footage I shot the last weekend of 1522’s excursion life in 2002. (Footage is with a little help from Steve Anderson in the cab & Michael Steinberg, trackside.) Look for it on the 1522 page of this website.


My most recent book, “Rails Around Missouri”, was released in May 2013 and as of February 2014, there are only 26 out of 1000 copies left. You can read more about this book by clicking the link on its feature page of this website.


Visit my youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/wabgp60m

To order the Wabash book, please visit the Morning Sun Books website: www.morningsunbooks.com If you would like your copy autographed, send your copy to me and I will sign it and mail it back. You can reach me at theauthor@michaelckelly.net or 314 809-9310 for my postal address. I will cover the return shipping.

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