JOHN SZWAJKART'S 'TRAIN WATCHER'S GUIDE TO ST. LOUIS'

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  • Item Category: Transportation and Vehicles
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Feb 17,2011
  • Channel: Online Auction

John Szwajkart created this popular book in 1983, detailing the operations of the railroads that served St/ Louis (plus Missouri, Illinois and surrounding area). It was the first of its kind, giving railfans detailed information about the railroads' operation, and the best vantage points to watch and take photos.

This soft cover book -- 185 pages -- has three main sections:

--Details of railroads (short lines and trunks, circa 1983)

--Passenger operations (including pre-Amtrak)

--Junctions and other vantage points (each one includes a small map, at least one photo, details on how to get there, and a summary of operations (circa 1983).

INCLUDED: A 24x36 folded map that shows all railroad lines, major roads and other features in the area, to make it easier to find the best train watching spots listed in the book.

REMINDER: THERE HAVE BEEN A LOT OF CHANGES IN RAILROAD NAMES AND OPERATIONS SINCE 1991 ( Especially the railroads' attitudes toward trespassers), but this is still a valuable reference book for people who want to watch trains. Plenty of good train watching spots detailed in this book are still accessible in 2011.

This book, and the folded map, are in mint condition...no flaws or blemishes of any kind.

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