All Aboard Arizona recommends the following books. If these are unavailable at your local library, please ask them to purchase copies. Libraries are always looking for suggestions… and as rail advocates it is our duty to ensure that the library stacks include serious railroad books like these.
America’s Passenger Trains
- Mauris L. Emeka, AMTRAKing: A Guide to Enjoyable Train Travel. Port Orchard, Washington: Apollo Publishing, 1994. viii + 116pp. Illustrations. $11.95 (softback), ISBN: 0-9640125-0-2. Reviews at Amazon.com
- Gordon Gill, Amtrak’s Long-Distance Service: Can It Be Made Viable? Dorrance Publishing Company, Pittsburgh, PA, October 1, 1998. Paperback – 184 pages () $14.00. Reviews at Amazon.com.
- Steven Goddard, Getting There: The Epic Struggle Between Road and Rail in the American Century. Harper-Collins, 1994. Reviews at Amazon.com
- Donald M. Itzkoff, Off the Track, The Decline of the Intercity Passenger Train in the United States, 1995.
- Jane Holtz Kay, Asphalt Nation: How the Automobile Took Over America and How We Can Take it Back. New York: Crown, 1997. xii + 418 pp. Illustrations and bibliographical references. $27.50 (cloth), ISBN 0-5175-8702-5. Reviews at Amazon.com
- Joseph Vranich, Derailed: What Went Wrong and What to Do About America’s Passenger Trains. St. Martin’s Press, 1997. 258 pp, 16 pages b&w photographs. $24.95 (hardcover), ISBN: 0-312-17182-X. Reviews at Amazon.com
- Joseph Vranich, Supertrains, Solutions to America’s Transportation Gridlock. St. Martin’s Press, New York, 1993; $15.95; 422 pages with photos throughout, ISBN: 0-312-09468-X. Reviews at Amazon.com
- Frank Wilner, The Amtrak Story, Simmons-Boardman Books, Inc., Omaha, 1995; $26.95. Reviews at Amazon.com.
- Michael Barry, Through The Cities. Dublin, Ireland: Colour Books, 1991. ISBN: 0-9510696-3-2.
- Post, Robert C., Urban Mass Transit: The Life Story of a Technology (Jun 29, 2010)
- All About Railroading by William C. Vantuono. Simmons-Boardman Books, 2000. Billed as “The young adult’s guide to today’s railroad industry” written for age 12 and up. 100 pages, 150 color photographs and diagrams covering every aspect of North American railroading: freight operations, freight cars and locomotives, intercity and commuter rail, ligth rail, rapid transit, engineering and signaling and communications. With glossary.
- The Railroad: What it is, What it Does by John H. Armstrong. Simmons-Boardman Books, 1990. ISBN: 0-911382-04-6. Covers railroad technology (tracks, locomotives, cars, and trains thereof), signals, operation, car types, railroad organization, passenger operation, and more. Many illustrations, tables and graphs. Also available on CD-ROM.
- David F. Myrick, Railroads of Arizona.
- Volumes 1-3 published by Howell-North Books, San Diego, California, 1980. 385.09791 (Library of Congress: HE2771.A6M94; ISBN: 0-8310-7111-7 (v.I)).
- Volumes 4-6 published by Signature Press, Berkeley, CA (510) 540-6538; fax, (510) 540-1937 — Publishers of books on railroads and on Western history.
Maps, Current and Historic
- The 1959 Encyclopaedia Brittanica World Atlas shows rail lines in Arizona (and all over the world).
- The United States Geological Survey (USGS) prints maps at various scales (mostly well under $10) that show current and abandoned railway lines and many other features. Contact Wide World of Maps for copies.