Electro-Motive E-Units and F-Units: The Illustrated History of North America's Favorite Locomotives Hardcover – Nov 15 2011
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“In many ways, I'm not sure any other book so completely covers these locomotives, which were pioneers in the diesel era and the first successful such motive power for main line use." - American-Rails.com
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Author Solomon supplies just enough technical details to show why GM's product was so successful, illustrating its development with a lavish display of color pictures of the locomotives and trains on a variety of railroad lines. I bought my copy from Amazon.
Many of the volumes on my bookshelf have been penned by Brian Solomon. His approach is to provide the reader with both great photos and well researched exposition on the particular topic of interest. In the case of EMDs E and F series he makes a great case for why they are North Americas favorite locomotives. For the rail gear heads you will find a very nicely put together tome about a series of locomotives that you are already quite familiar with. For the rail fan newbie it also a great introductory lesson about modern train history. All in all this is a very nice book.
At the same time that the book is a very good facsimile of the printed book, I think it could be more. Once you get away from paper you can get away from limitations on illustration. It would have been nice to have had more illustrations, especially more interior shots.
One problem with larger format books is the difficulty in holding them comfortably. The ebook takes care of that as well as removing the need to find bookshelf space.
Overall a good effort, probably just as a satisfying to read as the printed book would have been.
Was not disappointed, it's a keeper.
The period photography of various E/F models in different uses on different roads is beautiful, worth the price alone.
The history of development is also interesting, though perhaps not quite as technically deep as the true engineering geek would like.
The history of use by various roads and anecdotes was also interesting and insightful.