This Month's Feature:
When time allows as CRO Production Assistant, I am a voracious
collector of railway books. My "Off The Shelf" column will review
books and DVDs that I feel would be to the appeal of our CRO
I invite you to contact me directly with questions, and with any new
publications or DVD’s that would be of interest to our CRO readers
for “Off the Shelf”.
Anthony Clegg’s “Self-Propelled Cars Of The CNR” is a very detailed
look at the many attempts CN made to make their branch line trains
more profitable by using self-propelled cars, rather than a full
train requiring a separate engine. CN (as well as its predecessor
railways) rostered a staggering variety of self-propelled cars of
many types, from many different builders, and they are all covered
here. As CN found much success with Budd’s RDC, many of the pictures
are of CN’s RDC’s and there is a detailed roster of all RDC’s,
including full information on all the renumberings that they went
through. The book also covers the self-propelled cars of CN’s
American subsidiaries (i.e Central Vermont and Grant Trunk Western).
The photos are nicely chosen and there is a 30 page full colour
section. There is also an all-time equipment list at the end, as
well as diagrams of many of the cars mentioned in the book. If you
have any interest in CN’s branch line trains and their experiments
with locomotiveless trains, this book is for you. It is also
recommended to those interested in Montreal’s electrified
Deux-Montagnes line, as there are many shots from that line.
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COMING NEXT MONTH:
Michael will review:
Trackside Guide 2013,” edited by Earl W. Roberts and David P.