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El Dorado Narrow Gauge: The Diamond & Caldor Railway.
Author: Ferrell, Mallory Hope
Reference #: 1748
List Price: $125.00
Edmonds, Washington: Pacific Fast Mail, 1990. quarto (11"). A Fine copy in like dustjacket of this primary source book of the history of the Diamond & Caldor Railway, known to aficionados as the 'El Dorado Narrow Gauge'. Photographic endpapers; pp. 159 + ; archival photographs throughout (most b&w); Roster of Locomotives; Roster of Cars (rolling stock); Index; Bibliography; and 4 Maps (1 double-page). Chapters include "Logging the High Sierra", "Ride the Diamond & Caldor", and "Link & Pins, the Equipment". Dust jacket painting by Jan Rons.
Ferrell has authored many books on the subject of narrow-gauge railroads, and the combination of his research and life-long study make this volume a fundamental reference work, and most desirable in such condition. "Author Mal Ferrell puts it best when he states that here was a railroad, 'narrow gauge, Shay powered, link-and-pin couplers, three-way switches . . . all this right under our noses while we sped through Placerville on Highway 50, only a few miles away. Somehow the D&C escaped the attention of all but the most knowledgeable of the rail-fan fraternity'."
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