Tag Archives: Transcontinental Railroad Locomotives

Trilogy Approaching Completion

With the Iron Horse Chronicles trilogy approaching completion, I have changed the header on this website. For the past couple of years, Union Pacific’s Engine 119 has been approaching Promontory Summit in Utah from a distance. On July 19, 2017, Golden … Continue reading

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The First Wild West Show

The first wild west show was a complete surprise to its audience. The incentive for staging that performance was not to sell theatrical tickets. The show was gratuitous. It was a celebration for having won a race—the first race in … Continue reading

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Nineteenth Century Internet

The title “Nineteenth Century Internet” may be a stretch, but in effect that was what the invention of the telegraph did for the world in the middle of the 1800s. I wrote about this phenomenon in my regular blog post on … Continue reading

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Eagle Talons Reviewed in Railroad History Magazine

The following excerpt is from a book review of Eagle Talons, The Iron Horse Chronicles—Book One, that appeared in the Fall-Winter 2015 issue of Railroad History, the official magazine of The Railway and Locomotive Historical Society, of which I am … Continue reading

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Writing While Cruising

I managed to get in some writing while cruising onboard the Crown Princess this past week. My wife, Barbara, and I embarked from San Pedro harbor in Los Angeles on Saturday, October 3, on a seven-day California Coastal Cruise. We returned to the same harbor on … Continue reading

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Bear Claws Reviewed by Readers’ Favorite

Readers’ Favorite has awarded its Five Star seal to Bear Claws, The Iron Horse Chronicles–Book Two, and has provided the following review by Jack Magnus: “Bear Claws: The Iron Horse Chronicles, Book Two is a historical coming of age novel … Continue reading

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A Steam Locomotive’s Tender

A steam locomotive could not operate without its tender. In recent posts I have written about how the locomotive works, but the engine must have fuel and water to produce the steam. The tender is the car that is hooked immediately behind … Continue reading

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How A Steam Locomotive Works

The steam locomotive made possible the rapid opening of the western states and territories of the United States in the mid-nineteenth century. This marvelous invention came into being in England right after the turn of the century, less than seventy years before … Continue reading

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The Beauty of 4-4-0 Locomotives

The 4-4-0 locomotive was a thing of beauty that is hard to appreciate from photography of the mid-nineteenth century. Color photography did not exist during the heyday of the locomotive that “built” the first transcontinental railroad. One of the most famous … Continue reading

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Repost of Sample Chapter Availability

This is a repost of my post of April 20, 2015. The social media notifications and the RSS feed notification did not occur. I have made adjustments to the plugin that provides those services to my website. Hopefully, you will … Continue reading

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