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RobD
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Greetings / Good beginner book?
 
« on: Jul 3rd, 2016, 10:13am »
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Hello everyone,
I'm very new to the railfan phenomenon, and I'm a little taken aback by the huge amount of information there is to absorb. Can anyone tell me of a good "starter" book that will get me the basics and point me in the right direction? I would just like an overview -- don't want a giant list of every train horn ever made   Something that might take me a little further than just taking pics and recording train numbers, but not so dry as to take the joy out of it.
 
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Rob


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« Reply #1 on: Jul 4th, 2016, 11:42pm »
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Go down to Barnes & Noble and have a look at the transportation section. There are a number of general interest books and can pick the one that attracts you most. I think there is one called an Illustrated history of North American Railroads that is in print, not terribly expensive and should make a decent starter.

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« Reply #2 on: Jul 6th, 2016, 6:42pm »
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Hi, Rob, and Welcome!
 
Here's another suggestion, besides the excellent recommendation by Clyde.
 
The book I am recommending may be a bit "dated" (though a 5th Edition was published as recently as 2008 ) :
 
The Railroad:  What It Is, What It Does, by John H. Armstrong (a well-respected name among railfans, especially among us geezers).
 
If it's not available to read online, you may be able to order it online and have it in your hands within a few days.
 
 
Regards,
 
Norm


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