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Vintage Diesel Power [Paperback]

Brian Solomon
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Nov. 6 2010

This formative period of diesel locomotive evolution is examined with the help of more than 250 modern and period photos depicting passenger, freight, and switching locomotives. Author Brian Solomon covers every prominent manufacturer of the period—including Electro-Motive, Alco, Baldwin, and GE—as well as iconic models like Geeps, E and F units, PAs and FAs, sharknoses, U-boats, and more. The photographs take in the grand geographic and technological breadth of North American railroading and are accompanied by detailed captions identifying the locomotives pictured and explaining their roles in this crucial era of American railroading.

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For those who enjoy seeing those colorful diesel locomotives of yesteryear at work, this book is a great way to reminisce.--The Michigan Railfan

If the evolution of the diesel locomotive captivates your interest, Vintage Diesel Power is a book you'll want in your collection. -- Canadian Railway Modeller

About the Author

Brian Solomon is one of today’s most accomplished railway historians. He has authored more than 30 books about railroads and motive power, and his writing and photography have been featured in Trains, Railway Age, Passenger Train Journal, and RailNews. Solomon divides his time between Monson, Massachusetts, and Dublin, Ireland.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Diesel Power March 8 2013
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Love books on history no matter what. Book has lots to be interested in and where we are going. Great condition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great overview of 1st Generation Diesels Oct. 31 2010
By Gene Bowker - Published on
After World War II, the American railroads increased the speed with which they replaced their steam locomotives with the new diesel locomotives from the five primary manufacturers. Vintage Diesel Power, the new book by Brian Solomon from Voyageur Press, brings us 200 photographs from the 1940's to present day. The book covers the first-generation locomotives from post-WWII until the 1960s when those locomotives were replaced by newer, more powerful models.

The book is organized by manufacturer:

General Electric

I learned a lot about the manufacturers who have gone out of business. While the railroads are still packed with GE's and EMD's, Alco, Baldwin, and Fairbanks-Morse are now collectors items. Seeing short-lines and museums who still operate and preserve these lessor known brands around the country.

The book is heavy on great photographs from a variety of railroads. Many of them are from Brian Solomon and his father Richard. However, he adds photographs from numerous other photographers to fill in the blanks. The book does not attempt to provide detailed roster lists within it's 192 pages, it is more of an overview of railroads and models.
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4.0 out of 5 stars vintage diesel power Nov. 24 2010
By L. MARTIN - Published on
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This book on Vintage Diesel Power is rich with history on the diesel locomotive. I found this book a great read, with lots of pictures. The book size makes it a must for ready reference and a perfect travel companion.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Basically a nice photo album Feb. 8 2013
By Pwyll - Published on
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When I first got the book I was disappointed as I was hoping for more text and history of the evolution of 1st generation Diesel Electric locomotives.
But the book grew on me and I'm happy to have it in my collection.
The book is arranged by manufacturer with a short 3-4 page introduction to each section talking about the company. The rest of each section is a collection of nice photos with detailed captions showing the locomotives that company made organized by type and year made. For example the EMD cab units are grouped together after the road switchers.

There aren't a lot of vintage photos so most of the photos are of currently operational or restored units.
My specific example: Being a fan of the PRR, I notice that most photos of the E8's and E9's are newer and there is no explanation as to why there is now equipment in the panel that would have been the dynamic braking machinery. The panel should be plain yet there are fans and other vents there in the photos. Searching the web, I found information that Head end power was added there in the 1970's. Information like that, which is missing limits the use of the photos for modeling use.
I also found one page where the photos were mislabeled.

What I also would have liked to have seen would have been photos of some of the cab interiors, as well as photos with explanations of the features of a representative sample of locomotives as in different truck types for example.

So while this is a nice book to thumb through and enjoy the photos, the actually information in it is shallow. But if there is a better book out there I haven't found it yet.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Lots of great info - pictures too small Dec 23 2012
By Jeffrey A. lubchansky - Published on
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I downloaded this book to have nice photos to look at on long plane rides but the photographs are too small to enjoy on a tablet. The info however is a very good resource
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice book on vintage diesels Nov. 19 2012
By Carlos Valderrama - Published on
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Is a nice book on diesel trains, focused on NA brands and models. A good recollection of old photographs of several models.
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