Free eBook Railroads download

by Don Ball

Free eBook Railroads download ISBN: 0393022366
Author: Don Ball
Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc; 1st edition (December 1, 1985)
Language: English
Pages: 159
Category: Engineering & Transportation
Subcategory: Transportation
Size MP3: 1449 mb
Size FLAC: 1945 mb
Rating: 4.4
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Don Ball’s 8 books comprise the finest body of work by any author in the genre of railroad photography.

Don Ball’s 8 books comprise the finest body of work by any author in the genre of railroad photography. Don Ball was born in Lawrence, Kansas (where the Union Pacific, Santa Fe, and Rock Island visited frequently) and, in his last years, was director of Steamtown, .

Packed with black and white photos of both steam and diesel locomotives in action across the country. With essays interspersed throughout in which Ball discusses his love of railroads and the evolving scene over the years.

America's Railroads book. Ball was an avowed steam fanatic and some of his books in the steam to diesel transition definitely reflect that. I feel that he came to grips with the new diesel world in this book, though. I think he tried to do that in America's Colorful Railroads, too. This one seems more successful on that front, though. Additionally, it's a reminder that while the railroad world is constantly changing and most of us pine for what once was, we can still enjoy this fascinating industry and the photographic opportunities are manifold and exciting.

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41 Railroad Books, many out of print, used, some w/o dust cover, low prices, UH, consignment - 6/13 41 US-RR-Books, viele vergriffen, gebraucht, einige ohne Umschlag, günstige Preise (sF. Z-277.

Beautifully done full-color glossy pictorial of steam and diesel locomotives by world-renowned photographer, Don Ball. Beautifully done full-color glossy pictorial of steam and diesel locomotives by world-renowned photographer, Don Ball. Here are some of his finest pictures, almost all reproduced for the first time. The coverage is coast-to-coast and the action is non-stop.

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Find nearly any book by Don Ball J. .Get the best deal by comparing prices from over 100,000 booksellers. America's Railroads: The Second Generation. by Don Ball Jr. ISBN 9780393014167 (978-0-393-01416-7) Hardcover, W. W. Norton & Company, 1980. Find signed collectible books: 'America's Railroads: The Second Generation'. The Pennsylvania Railroad: 1940s-1950s.

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The book that I feel is the best railroad history ever published goes to Don Hofsommer's "The Quannah Route. Don Ball's "America,s Colorful Railroads" deals with the steam-diesel transition era which I enjoy the most. I am 75 and lived thru this part of railroading. Scott Yaeger, Sugar Land, Texas. A must read for anyone wanting to know how railroads have evolved in the . is Albro Martin's "Enterprise Denied: Origins of the Decline of American Railroads, 1897-1917. Glen Brewer, Denver, Colo. Arman Balk, Rockford, Mich.

Beautifully done full-color glossy pictorial of steam and diesel locomotives by world-renowned photographer, Don Ball. Here are some of his finest pictures, almost all reproduced for the first time. The coverage is coast-to-coast and the action is non-stop. 160 pages.
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Amazon has somehow linked two distinct books by Don Ball Jr. as follows: if you submit a customer review for one of them, Amazon automatically posts this same review for both of them. Because they are two distinct books, I have no choice but to submit a single write-up that reviews both books – until Amazon straightens this out. The two books are “Railroads – An American Journey,” which Ball published in 1975 and just plain “Railroads,” which he published in 1985 (the similarity of the titles obviously adds to the confusion). In brief, “Railroads – An American Journey” is an album of black-and-white photos by Ball and other photographers, emphasizing the 1950s; it is maybe the best train book ever. “Railroads” is a stunning album of exclusively color photos, all by Mr. Ball himself, circa 1950 to 1985. I give both books an enthusiastic 5 stars and I urge you to buy them.

If you are reading this review, you obviously accessed Amazon’s page for one of these two books, so now I’m going to tell you how to access the other one. If the Amazon page with this review is for a book whose title is “Railroads – An American Journey,” and the picture of the cover shows a Lackawanna “covered wagon” EMD locomotive, head-on, and the ISBN-10 is 0517463830, you are currently looking at “Railroads – An American Journey.” To get to “Railroads” you need either to search in “books” for “ball railroads norton” [Norton being the name of the publisher] or type in the following link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0393022366. Conversely, if the Amazon page with this review has a picture of a Southern Pacific freight train pulled by several gray-and-red low-nose hood-unit diesels, in ¾ view, never mentions the words “American journey,” and the ISBN-10 is 0393022366 then you are currently looking at “Railroads.” To get to “Railroads – An American Journey” you need to search in “books” for “ball railroads an American journey” or type in the following link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0517463830.

Also, keep in mind that the other customer reviews you see here might not be for this book but for the other one, because all of these reviews appear identically for both books.

Next, here are a few paragraphs of praise that apply to all eight of Don Ball Jr.’s books:

Don Ball’s 8 books comprise the finest body of work by any author in the genre of railroad photography. Each of these books gets an enthusiastic 5 stars; each one is a must-have for the railfan who collects books of rail photography and also makes a wonderful gift for the not-quite-railfan who just “likes trains.” His books are so good because: (1) Ball was an artist who visualized the frame, the lighting, the background, and the picture’s message or atmosphere before the train arrived; (2) He always got top-notch photos from his contributors; (3) He covers the topic of his book thoroughly, without getting sidetracked in minutiae; (4) There are hardly any pictures where you say, “So what” and quickly turn the page; (5) The accompanying text is always to the point and sometimes inspiring.

Fortunately, all 8 books are still listed on Amazon (as of 2015) and copies are usually available. Don Ball was born in Lawrence, Kansas (where the Union Pacific, Santa Fe, and Rock Island visited frequently) and, in his last years, was director of Steamtown, U.S.A., a major operating railroad museum in the Northeast. The 8 books are:

• Portrait of the Rails (1972): Black-and-white photographs of trains in all sections of the United States in the 1940s and 1950s, mostly steam with some diesel and electric; photography by Don Ball and other well-known railfans
• Railroads – An American Journey (1975): Covers similar ground as “Portrait of the Rails,” but with even more beautiful photos, better printing, and more emphasis on the 1950s
• Decade of the Trains – The 1940s (1977): Black-and-white photographs of trains, rail yards, workshops, and stations in the 1940s, especially during World War 2, with fascinating text by “E. M. Frimbo” and showcasing the amazing photography by Jack Delano documenting the railroads’ contribution to the war effort
• America’s Colorful Railroads (1978): One of the first all-color train books, featuring vintage photos of steam and early diesel in the 1940s and 1950s from around the United States; photos by Don Ball and other well-known railfans
• America’s Railroads – The Second Generation (1980): All-color photography of trains from around the United States in the 1960s and 1970s by Don Ball, Jim Boyd, T. J. Donahue, and other well-known railfans
• Rails (1981): Consists exclusively of black-and-white photography by Don Ball, selected photos spanning his career
• Railroads (1985): Consists exclusively of color photography by Don Ball, selected photos spanning his career [Careful! Do not confuse this book with the similarly titled “Railroads – An American Journey.”]
• The Pennsylvania Railroad, 1940s-1950s (1986): All-color photography of the Pennsylvania Railroad by Don Ball and other well-known railfans, covering all its major lines and operations. Mr. Ball died shortly after the book was published.

If you are just starting to collect these 8 books and do not own any of them yet, I guess my highest priorities would be “Decade of the Trains,” “Railroads – An American Journey,” and “America’s Colorful Railroads” – but, frankly, all 8 books are great and you can collect them in any order, depending on their availability, condition, and price.

Next, here is my review of “Railroads – An American Journey”: maybe the best train book ever.

“Railroads – An American Journey” is the 2nd of 8 books of railroad photography published by Don Ball Jr. (1938-1986). It is an album of 350 black-and-white photographs of trains, emphasizing the 1950s: the transition from steam to diesel locomotives. Most of the photos are action shots of trains in motion, but there also scenes in roundhouses, yards, and stations. All regions of the United States are included, plus some Canada and Mexico. The glorious photos by Don Ball and other well-known railfan photographers and Mr. Ball’s brief but emotional texts bring the lost world of 1950s railroading vividly back to life. The effect is enhanced by the magnificent photo printing (at least in the original 1975 edition by the New York Graphic Society). Be aware that this book is offered in several printings and listings on Amazon; compare them and find the condition and price that works best for you.

Born in 1938, Don Ball, Jr. had the fortune to see and photograph steam extensively and the misfortune to see it end. But he made peace with the diesel and became a top-notch diesel photographer, too. The first chapter of Railroads – An American Journey, taking up more than half the book, is called “My Decade 1950-1960” and features 148 pages of mostly action shots documenting the transition from steam to diesel in all sections of the United States plus some photos from Canada and Mexico. Emphasis is on the great strongholds of steam: Norfolk & Western; Baltimore & Ohio; Union Pacific in Wyoming, Nebraska, and Kansas; Pennsy in Ohio and Pennsylvania; New York Central Mohawks; Southern Pacific Cab-Forwards and Daylights; Cajon Pass; Nickel Plate; the Granger roads; and Illinois Central in Kentucky and southern Illinois. But also great shots of early diesels and even an evocative 2 pages of electric, multiple-unit commuter trains around New York. My favorite is a 2-page 1957 photo of a Nickel Plate Berkshire pulling fast freight including trailers on flatcars. Mr. Ball’s great photos are supplemented with outstanding work by other prominent railfans such as Joe Collias, Herb Harwood, O. Winston Link, Jim Shaughnessy, Richard Steinheimer, and Don Wood, to name a few. A chapter on “Shortlines: Autumn Memories” takes us to smaller railroads where steam survived into the 1960s, with in-depth coverage of the Buffalo Creek & Gauley. Another chapter shows how Ball photographed steam excursions to look as much as possible like real steam-era trains. Two chapters present a photographic history of diesels and some other technological innovations from 1950 up to the mid-1970s. Throughout the book, the life-like photos and Mr. Ball’s quite personal text make you feel YOU WERE THERE.

Finally, here is my review of “Railroads”: a stunning album of railroad photos in color by Don Ball Jr.

“Railroads” is the 7th of 8 books of railroad photography published by Don Ball Jr. (1938-1986). It is an album of exclusively color photos, all by Mr. Ball himself, circa 1950 to 1985. “Railroads” presents about 140 color photos, each beautifully reproduced on a full page, including a good mix of steam, diesel, and electric; traditional ¾ action shots, other types of action shots, and photos of track, service facilities, equipment, or people at work; photos from his youth in Kansas, end-of-steam safaris, later years in the Northeast and other regions, and steam excursions; day and night. Ball had an artist’s sense of color: the background colors tend to be uncannily in synch with the trains (blending or contrasting). A highlight for me are 3 stunning views of Nickel Plate Berkshires, my favorite steam locomotives. Ball insisted that preserved steam locomotives should look and operate like in the steam era and not be dolled up with fancy paint. Indeed, in this book, the photos of steam excursions look so authentic and natural you can barely tell them apart from the much earlier steam-era photos on adjacent pages.
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I wanted to show a friend this book as he owns a hobby store and told him I knew the Son of books writer, Don Ball.
He was impressed as many of the photographers contributing to the book he knew and had just spoken to one the day before.
It is a very interesting book of a great time in history how the Steam Engine changed this Country.
Thak You Mr. Ball.
The book also was almost new condition.
Уou ll never walk alone
a great book with excellent photos
Dalarin
Arrived in good time. Great photos.
Kanal
All in order, no problems.
Hawk Flying
“Railroads – An American Journey” is the 2nd of 8 books of railroad photography published by Don Ball Jr. (1938-1986). It is an album of 350 black-and-white photographs of trains, emphasizing the 1950s: the transition from steam to diesel locomotives. Most of the photos are action shots of trains in motion, but there also scenes in roundhouses, yards, and stations. All regions of the United States are included, plus some Canada and Mexico. The glorious photos by Don Ball and other well-known railfan photographers and Mr. Ball’s brief but emotional texts bring the lost world of 1950s railroading vividly back to life. The effect is enhanced by the magnificent photo printing (at least in the original 1975 edition by the New York Graphic Society). This book is a must-have for every railfan who collects books of rail photography and it also makes a wonderful gift for the not-quite-railfan who just “likes trains” or for anyone interested in the 1950s technology scene. Be aware that this book is offered in several printings and listings on Amazon; compare them and find the condition and price that works best for you.

Don Ball’s 8 books comprise the finest body of work by any author in this genre. Each of these books gets an enthusiastic 5 stars. His books are so good because: (1) Ball was an artist who visualized the frame, the lighting, the background, and the picture’s message or atmosphere before the train arrived; (2) He always got top-notch photos from his contributors; (3) He covers the topic of his book thoroughly, without getting sidetracked in minutiae; (4) There are hardly any pictures where you say, “So what” and quickly turn the page; (5) The accompanying text is always to the point and sometimes inspiring.

Fortunately, all 8 books are still listed on Amazon (as of 2015) and copies are usually available. Don Ball was born in Lawrence, Kansas (where the Union Pacific, Santa Fe, and Rock Island visited frequently) and, in his last years, was director of Steamtown, U.S.A., a major operating railroad museum in the Northeast. The 8 books are:

• Portrait of the Rails (1972): Black-and-white photographs of trains in all sections of the United States in the 1940s and 1950s, mostly steam with some diesel and electric; photography by Don Ball and other well-known railfans
• Railroads – An American Journey (1975): Covers similar ground as “Portrait of the Rails,” but with even more beautiful photos, better printing, and more emphasis on the 1950s
• Decade of the Trains – The 1940s (1977): Black-and-white photographs of trains, rail yards, workshops, and stations in the 1940s, especially during World War 2, with fascinating text by “E. M. Frimbo” and showcasing the amazing photography by Jack Delano documenting the railroads’ contribution to the war effort
• America’s Colorful Railroads (1978): One of the first all-color train books, featuring vintage photos of steam and early diesel in the 1940s and 1950s from around the United States; photos by Don Ball and other well-known railfans
• America’s Railroads – The Second Generation (1980): All-color photography of trains from around the United States in the 1960s and 1970s by Don Ball, Jim Boyd, T. J. Donahue, and other well-known railfans
• Rails (1981): Consists exclusively of black-and-white photography by Don Ball, selected photos spanning his career
• Railroads (1985): Consists exclusively of color photography by Don Ball, selected photos spanning his career [Careful! Do not confuse this book with the similarly titled “Railroads – An American Journey.”]
• The Pennsylvania Railroad, 1940s-1950s (1986): All-color photography of the Pennsylvania Railroad by Don Ball and other well-known railfans, covering all its major lines and operations. Mr. Ball died shortly after the book was published.

Born in 1938, Don Ball, Jr. had the fortune to see and photograph steam extensively and the misfortune to see it end. But he made peace with the diesel and became a top-notch diesel photographer, too. The first chapter of Railroads – An American Journey, taking up more than half the book, is called “My Decade 1950-1960” and features 148 pages of mostly action shots documenting the transition from steam to diesel in all sections of the United States plus some photos from Canada and Mexico. Emphasis is on the great strongholds of steam: Norfolk & Western; Baltimore & Ohio; Union Pacific in Wyoming, Nebraska, and Kansas; Pennsy in Ohio and Pennsylvania; New York Central Mohawks; Southern Pacific Cab-Forwards and Daylights; Cajon Pass; Nickel Plate; the Granger roads; and Illinois Central in Kentucky and southern Illinois. But also great shots of early diesels and even an evocative 2 pages of electric, multiple-unit commuter trains around New York. My favorite is a 2-page 1957 photo of a Nickel Plate Berkshire pulling fast freight including trailers on flatcars. Mr. Ball’s great photos are supplemented with outstanding work by other prominent railfans such as Joe Collias, Herb Harwood, O. Winston Link, Jim Shaughnessy, Richard Steinheimer, and Don Wood, to name a few. A chapter on “Shortlines: Autumn Memories” takes us to smaller railroads where steam survived into the 1960s, with in-depth coverage of the Buffalo Creek & Gauley. Another chapter shows how Ball photographed steam excursions to look as much as possible like real steam-era trains. Two chapters present a photographic history of diesels and some other technological innovations from 1950 up to the mid-1970s. Throughout the book, the life-like photos and Mr. Ball’s quite personal text make you feel YOU WERE THERE.

If you are just starting to collect these 8 books and do not own any of them yet, I guess my highest priorities would be “Decade of the Trains,” “Railroads – An American Journey,” and “America’s Colorful Railroads” – but, frankly, all 8 books are great and you can collect them in any order, depending on their availability, condition, and price.