Sunday, November 24, 2013

Book finally in print: 'Rails, Tales and Trails'

From: "G J Chris Graves"

Six years ago TV newsman Bill George wandered up my driveway, and asked for a tour of the old CPRR grade. Then, in 2011, accompanied by Brendan Compton as a professional photographer, we filmed The Hidden Wonder of the World, a DVD showing the old CPRR grade from Sacramento to Donner Summit. (A modified version of that work, Hidden Wonder of the World, can be seen on your computer at the Public TV station KVIE website.)

Then last year Bill George began work on the book noted here (Kindle e-book edition): Rails, Tales and Trails: A step-by-step guide to secret locations, fascinating people and historic towns of the old Central Pacific Railroad from Sacramento to Reno.

This book explictly tells the reader how to find the last remaining sites that are of interest to "foamers" that are into history. ... Should someone wish to purchase a book (limited paper edition, printing of 70 copies), they should contact Bill George by phone at 916/899-9871, or by U.S. Mail at 4520 Shari Way, Granite Bay, CA 95946, or by email

—G J Chris Graves, NewCastle, AltaCal'a

'Rails, Tales and Trails' by Bill George

'Rails, Tales and Trails' by Bill George

Friday, November 22, 2013

CP's special Police or Detectives

From: "Lee Shebloski"

Do you have any information on the Special Detectives (Special Police) that the Central Pacific and Southern Pacific RRs had in the 1860's 1870's or 1880's?

In particular, a detective F. T. Burke, Detective Hume or Detective True? ...

—Lee F. Shebloski

Monday, November 11, 2013

J.B. Silvis' Photographer Car


I have read your excellent treatise on J.B. Silvis and his Photo Car.

I am a modeler (in HO scale) and have a kit of this car produced many years ago by a company named Red Ball. Checking this kit against photos of the actual car that I have found on the Net, I find that there are some glaring differences which I hope to correct in the build of this kit.

A picture which appears on several websites of the car shows, in the background, a caboose numbered 4. This appears to be the same class of caboose that Silvis made changes to to come up with his car!

Can you advise how I might be able to find the specs or drawings of that class? ...

—Dave Sandulli, Woodbury, CT

Friday, November 01, 2013

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