“Missouri” sneak peek for 1-11-13

At Cuba, milepost 86 of the Rolla Subdivision, a branch was built to the lead mining areas to the south of the mainline. This branch split in two at Lead Jct, with one line going to Buick, and the other to Salem. Four GP38-2s are hard at work at Cherryville, in Crawford County, dragging a northbound train of lead concentrate up the Buick branch from the mines on October 13, 1975. (photo by Paul Dalman)

This is one of seven shots of the branch lines out of Cuba that are featured in Chapter Seven of “Rails Around Missouri”, our 224-page, all-color, hard-cover book being released May 1, 2013.  Order yours today at the pre-release price of $47.95 with your choice of the Frisco or Kansas City Southern cover. Shipping will occur the week of May 1.

Rails Around Missouri now on sale!!

We’ve reached that point! “Rails Around Missouri” is completed as a single-volume hard-cover book, with 224 pages containing maps, history, and over 500 all-color photographs from every corner of Missouri. A bonus section includes color photos of 45 Missouri depots. Choosing from the KCS or Frisco cover, your copy will come autographed by the author, made out to you or your gift recipient.

The book is in its final edit stage now, and is expected in stock May 1, 2013. Cover price is $54.95. Pre-release price is $47.95. Shipping is $8.

Shipping will occur May 1, 2013.

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Rails Around Missouri Format Change

Format Change!! In the process of laying out & arranging the content of “Rails Around Missouri”, an executive decision has been made to change the format of the book.
Originally, the book was to be 2 volumes, each 128 pages, softcover, and each with a separate cover. Volume 1 was to cover everything north of the Missouri River, excluding St Louis but including Kansas City and the KSC. Volume 2 was to cover everything south of the Missouri River not covered in Volume 1, plus St Louis.
The new format is to be a single 224-page hardcover book, but with the choice of one of the 2 covers above. There will be 500 with each cover. When the book becomes available for sale, the purchaser will be able to choose between the KSC cover or the Frisco cover, while supplies of that cover last. Estimated date that the book will go on sale is January 1, with delivery expected May 1, 2013. Stay tuned for more info!

N&W Columbia-Centralia local -1967


For years the Wabash operated a mixed train as many as 3 times a day each way between Columbia, MO and Centralia, and connection there to the STL-KC mainline. N&W continued to run this train once a day after the 1964 merger, and it is seen here in Centralia in 1967. GP7 2446 is formerly NKP 446. More details to come in “Rails Around Missouri”, due out 2012. Photo by Charlie Childs

Rails Around Missouri sneak peek

July 2011 ‘Rails’ update: Paul Dalman has sent in some of the sharpest, clearest images I have seen in the 6 months I have been searching for Missouri slides. Above, a mixed set of units, led by geep 1680, U30C 3304, and an unidentifiable SD40 power a short ore train on the MPs Pea Ridge branch near Potosi on 11-2-76. This branch left the DeSoto sub at Cadet running roughly 27 miles northwest, passing near Potosi on the way to Pea Ridge and the iron ore mines in that area.

Finding slides of the MPs DeSoto sub have proven challenging. Being very rural and even back-woods, not many photographers ventured much down this line. Pressing on, I am looking for anyone who did shoot this subdivision prior to UP taking over. Any shots of DeSoto, Cadet, Mineral Point, Irondale, Bismark, Arcadia-Ironton, TipTop, Glover, Annapolis, Piedmont, Williamsville and Poplar Bluff. Passenger (Amtrak or MP), freight, locals, depots, anything but a bland roster shot.

If you can help, I can be reached @ 314 809-9310 or atsf101@hotmail.com