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This is a second-hand hardcover book. Signed by both authors and numbered ‘429’

Condition: The dust jacket has light colour wear, several small light stains, light to medium wear to the edges, short creasing to the edges, and 2 tears (longest is 10mm).The inside front cover and first page have a small stain (20mm x 10mm) where something was compressed between the pages. The rest of the book has no faults. The pages are clean and bright.

The dimensions: 288 x 226 mm
Pages: 352
Publisher: William Kratville & John E. Bush
Publication date: 1995 first edition


The Union Pacific Type: Volume II
By William Kratville & John E. Bush (Signed by both authors)

The Story of Union Pacific’s 3 Cylinder Power

The Union Pacific's obsession with three cylinder locomotion in the 1920s was driven by long standing relationships between the road and the builder, American Locomotive Company (Alco).

The basic principle was sound and prior experience in Europe of the design led Alco to advance the theory in the United States.

The unique Union Pacific type has been amply recorded on film in the many rail related publications but the full story from inception to retirement has not been told until Volumes I and II of this book.

Admired by some, literally hated by others in Union Pacific authority, the type was the finite example of pushing a theory to the limit in clearances and other mechanical restrictions incurred on a railroad.

Within these covers comes alive the "in house" story of design, fabrication, modification and operation of these eighty-eight machines which lasted on the roster virtually until the end of Union Pacific steam power operation.


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