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The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad
Hancock, WV to Cumberland, MD

Riding on the success of his last book on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad from Cumberland, MD to Connellsville, PA, Stan Trzoniec continues to follow the line from Hancock, WV to Cumberland completing a two-book set from the famous “East End” westbound to the Queen City in Maryland.

This new “Heritage Series” book will take its readers though the countryside that made the Cumberland Division famous. Starting at the yard in Hancock, he moves west past the location of one of the last interlocking towers in the states (HO Tower), through Sir Johns Run, Great Cacapon, Orleans Crossing and into the depths of the Magnolia Cutoff, still today considered an engineering masterpiece completed in less than two years and while trains were running no less! Through his photography and assistance from the B&O Museum and the B&O Historical Society plus tapping into the photographic reserves of many photographers, he is able to show the reader this much talked about section of the railroad from Doe Gully west. Blasting out of the last of many tunnels, the line continues over bridges along the famous Concrete Wall, towards Paw Paw, WV. From here we go through Okonoko, Green Spring, the South Branch Valley Railroad, Dans Run, Patterson Creek and on to the Cumberland yard where you will be treated to vintage photographs of B&O vintage F-units, SD9s and work worn B&O and C&O EMD Geeps.

Available May 1st, 2017. With over 215 black and white and color photos, 174 pages, history of the line all put together in a premium hardbound book, the price is $ 62.00 plus $ 7.50 postage, autographed by request.

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The Boston & Maine Railroad ©
Ayer, MA to Rotterdam Junction, NY

With dozens of never before seen vintage photographs of the Boston & Maine railroad, Stan Trzoniec continues with his “Heritage Series” of books with the Fitchburg Division of this famous railroad.  Stretching from Ayer, Massachusetts to over the border to Rotterdam Junction, New York, classic color and black and white photographs and antique postcards are featured in this new book of various locations.

Starting in Ayer, Massachusetts, you will see how the old station in the 1920’s served a large crossover complex with a unique signaling array and interchange.  Moving, west we run by Fitchburg with its gorgeous station complete with a handsome clock tower and team tracks for shorter RDC cars.   Gardner comes up fast and he details the importance of this location, both yesterday and today.   We continue west with Baldwinville, Royalston, Millers Falls, Montague arriving in East Deerfield, still one of the hot spots on the line.  From old color slides, we document a long list of Boston & Maine motive power and some of the older structures rarely seen in the railroad books today.

Stan hits most of the towns between here and the Hoosac Tunnel complete with rare photos of the complete area including the electric engines that plied the rails helping steam engines through the bore.  Out of the tunnel, North Adams is next, Johnsonville is featured, then into Vermont, Mechanicville and finally Rotterdam, NY. 
With over 268 photographs complimented with unique antique color postcards and a detailed history of the railroad, this premium, hardcover 9X12 inch book is $ 65.00 plus $ 7.50 postage, autographed if desired. Back to top
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The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad ©
Cumberland, MD to Connellsville, PA

Within the pages of his latest “Heritage Series” book, Stan Trzoniec takes the readers on a town-by-town journey that starts at the historic yard in Cumberland, Maryland.  Moving west, you go through the “Narrows” into the flat land and the start of a serious elevation at Hyndman.  From here, Fairhope, Glencoe, Falls Cut Tunnel and the famous horseshoe curve at Mance comes into view.  For train engineers, the steep rise at Guard Rail curve can be troublesome with a heavy load, and then into the long tunnel and the 2258-foot summit at Sand Patch.  Here, the area can be a beehive of activity as helpers are dropped and moved around while the train now enters the West Slope. 

Moving downgrade we drift into towns named Meyersdale, Garrett, Rockwood, Casselman, Ursina, Ohiopyle, the now deserted WH Tower at Green Junction at the end of the yard and finally, Connellsville, Pennsylvania all documented with B&O Historical Society vintage images with full color modern photography by the author.

With over 225 black and white and color photos, 162 pages, history of the line all put together in a premium hardbound book, the price is $ 60.00 plus $ 7.50 postage, autographed by request. Autographed if requested
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The Boston & Albany ©
Worcester, MA to Albany, NY

In a new “Heritage Series” on American railroads, outdoor writer and photographer Stan Trzoniec aims his cameras at the Boston & Albany,a line deep in heritage with roots going back to around 1832.  While this part of the line is interesting, this ex-New York Central railroad really comes into its own as it moves west from Worcester, Massachusetts to its large yard at Selkirk, New York.

This is the core of the book.  Starting out in Worcester, Trzoniec combines old and new photographs of the abandoned station right in the center of town that went through a complete rebuilding, rose up from its deplorable condition and turned out to be one of the best looking stations around.  From here the line moves west through typical New England towns like Charlton, the Brookfield’s, the famous railroad town of Palmer and into Chester where the grade even today taxes modern locomotives on their way up and over the Berkshire Mountains.

Chester was a major helper station on the ride up the east slope and the author details it in both words and photos.  All the way up the mountain, Trzoniec follows the line with photographs of both vintage and modern power as they pull long trains up demanding mountain grades.  At one time, this was the Western Railroad and with the savvy engineering skills of George Washington Whistler, he plotted a route over tough terrain with combined grades holding at 1.67 percent to reach an elevation of 1,459 feet above sea level.
From start to finish, this book documents the modern CSX railroad and the challenges it faces as one of the premier mountain railroads in the east.  In a new vertical format, this book like its horizontal counterpart contains over 200 color and black & white photographs, hardbound, 9” x 12” with 134 pages.

Priced at $ 55.00 plus $ 7.50 postage, it represents a great value in today's railroad book market.
Autographed at no additional charge.
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Vintage & Modern Diesel Locomotives ©

Over eight decades after their invention, diesel locomotives are still the backbone of the American railroad system. Five principal companies have built diesel locomotives--EMD, General Electric, Alco, Baldwin, and Fairbanks Morse--and the most popular vintage and modern types of all five are covered in painstaking detail in Vintage and Modern Diesel Locomotives. From General Electric 44-Tonners to Alco RS5s, all of the most important models are included. Stan Trzoniec's stunning photography gives these behemoths of the modern age their due in beautiful full-color images.  Not only a great coffee book but a handy reference guide for enthusiasts of the diesel locomotive, model railroaders and history buffs.

Now in stock.   $ 35.00 plus $ 7.50 shipping. Autographed upon request.

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The American Railscape ©

The American Railscape is the book all rail enthusiasts have been waiting for. In his free-spirited way, Stan Trzoniec details this countries railroad network with chapters on The Prime Mover, Location, Along the Right of Way, Details Do Make a Difference and The Abandon Landscape. Involved with American railroads since childhood, the book covers the most fascinating part of his life from the past quarter of a century to the present time. From over 10,000 color transparencies and recent digital images, he found a way to essay the main part of the chapter in words, and then expand his handpicked photographs with extended captions from all points of the United States.
With each illustration, all of the facts are brought out fully. For example in The Prime Mover, he states without reservations that the Alco PA and the Baldwin BP20 were among his favorites in state of the art diesel power for that period in time. Throughout this important chapter Trzoniec highlights the importance of the transition from steam to diesel and how the principal players of the time developed their own variation on what the modern diesel locomotive should be relative to power, design and traction effort.

In Location, Location, Location the focus changes to settings around the country, which offer the best in photographic opportunities or engineering challenges to the railroads. Places like Cajon Pass, Crawford Hill, Sand Patch and Horseshoe Curve offer the reader an insight of how these large rail corporations conquered geography, location or difficult track arrangements to keep freight and passenger service flowing from one end of the country to the other. Along the Right of Way details places or buildings that dot the American Railscape. Just walking along an old right of way promises to bring some surprises and along with historical significance, makes for a pleasant outing for the inquiring railfan. Details Do Make a Difference inspires you to take a closer look around rail estate in the hopes of recording artifacts that may not be here in years to come. Finally, The Abandon Landscape is one the author’s favorite; armed with a camera he likes to probe the remnants of the so-called good old days uncovering items before they are gone forever.

Destined to be a classic, 275 pages, 300 photographs.
Foreword by Jim Wrinn, Editor of Trains Magazine. Don't miss this one!

Available Now! $ 125.00 plus $ 7.50 shipping.

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Sand Patch Grade --- The Battle For Elevation on the East Slope ©

For railroad locations, “Sand Patch” is hard to beat.  Tucked into southwestern Pennsylvania and running over the top of the Allegheny Mountains, for railroad enthusiasts, it is simply a great place to visit.

Within the pages of his latest book, Stan Trzoniec takes the readers on a town-by-town journey that starts at the historic yard in Cumberland, Maryland.  Moving west, you go through the “Narrows” into the flat land and to the start of serious elevation at Hyndman.  From here, Fairhope, Glencoe, Falls Cut Tunnel and the famous horseshoe curve at Mance comes into view.  For train engineers, the steep rise at Guard Rail curve can be troublesome with a heavy load, and then it is into the long tunnel and the 2258-foot summit at Sand Patch.  Here, the area can be a beehive of activity as helpers are dropped and moved around while the train now enters the West Slope downgrade into towns named Meyersdale, Garrett, Rockwood, Casselman, Ursina, Ohiopyle, the now deserted WH Tower at Green Junction at the west end of the yard and finally, Connellsville, Pennsylvania.
For the historian, the book is loaded with all of the details that made Sand Patch what it is today.  From the problems of constructing the tunnel, to keeping trains from stalling on both the East and West Slope, this part of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad was quite an accomplishment.  On the other hand, the dedicated railfan will certainly enjoy the wide range of vintage and modern photographs all put together by a variety of contributors.  The author himself spent over five years gathering information, data and photographs to make this one of the best reference materials on this area.  Those thinking of venturing down to this part of Pennsylvania will find the 21 maps most handy in finding one's way around the area for photography and observing the day to day train operations.

To get a better feeling of the Keystone subdivision, the author has reproduced track maps courtesy of the Baltimore & Ohio Historical Society and with a large compliment of both vintage and modern photographs has blended all this into a book suitable for all to enjoy.

Sand Patch.  Look at it now --- visit it often and don't forget to take this great book along with you....


Autographed copies available. 160 Pages . . . 250 Photos and Maps. $ 100.00 plus $ 7.50 Shipping.

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The Boston & Albany ---
New York Central's Gateway to the East. ©


In his continuing series on American railroads, Stan Trzoniec aims his cameras at the Boston & Albany, a line deep in heritage with roots going back to around 1832.  While this part of the line is interesting, this ex-New York Central railroad really comes into its own as it moves west from Worcester, Massachusetts to its large yard at Selkirk, New York. At one time, this was the Western Railroad and with the savvy engineering skills of George Washington Whistler, he plotted a route over tough terrain with combined grades holding at 1.67 percent to reach an elevation of 1,459 feet above sea level.

This is the core of the book. Starting out in Worcester, Trzoniec combines old and new photographs of the abandoned station right in the center of town that went through a complete rebuilding, rose up from its horrible condition and turned out to be one of the best looking stations around. From here the line moves west through typical New England towns like Charlton, the Brookfield’s, the famous railroad town of Palmer and into Chester where the grade even today taxes modern locomotives on their way up and over the Berkshire Mountains.

Chester was a major helper station on the ride up the east slope and the author details it in both words and photos. All the way up the mountain, Trzoniec follows the line with photographs of both vintage and modern power as they pull long trains up demanding mountain grades. From start to finish, this book documents the modern CSX railroad and the challenges it faces as one of the premier mountain railroads in the east.

The foreword is by Douglas Bowen, Managing Editor of Railway Age.  Over 200 black and white and color photographs are included in this handsome, 13" X 11" coffee table book.

Autographed copies available NOW.
$ 100.00 plus $ 7.50 shipping.

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Prime Mover! - The Diesel Locomotive in America ©

With the advent of the diesel locomotive, railroading has changed for the better. More efficient than steam engines ever were, they haul an enormous amount of freight at an economical pace and friendly to the environment. Continuing on his series of American railroads, author Stan Trzoniec has gone through his extensive photo files and picked out the locomotives and locations that span years on the rails.

In chapters that highlight, EMD, General Electric, Alco, Baldwin and Fairbanks-Morse, he has covered the models that have seemed to generate the most interest over the years. EMD was a small company founded by two men, General Electric used its financial might and ingenuity to field a new generation of diesel locomotive --- much to the surprise of many.

Both Alco and Baldwin were premium steam engine manufacturers but could not make the transition to diesel electric power in a profitable manner. Fairbanks-Morse fielded a variety of models, but were late on the uptake in a saturated market. It is also interesting to see how the locomotives evolved over the years and why General Motors (EMD) which at one time was the premium locomotive manufacturer, has now dropped into second place under General Electric. Alco, Baldwin and Fairbanks-Morse are now memories, but again all three are illustrated in the book. From the smallest branch line switcher to the highest horsepower road units, all are covered in photos and text.

Aside from the locomotives, Trzoniec has included a wide variety of locations in which these modern marvels travel. While most of the railroads today support only freight, there are tourist lines scattered through the book as well as representative samples of Amtrak.
This is a book for the dedicated rail enthusiast as well as those interested in the history and the photography of the diesel locomotive in America

The foreword is by Kevin Keefe, Former Editor, Trains Magazine.  Over 200 black and white and color photographs are included in this handsome, 13" X 11" 160 page coffee table book.

Autographed copies available December 1, 2012.
$ 100.00 plus $ 7.50 shipping.


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All books are self-published by the author and available from him directly.  They are brand new and autographed by request.  Contact us at fotoclass@aol.com for details.  Cash or check (made payable to "Stan Trzoniec") only please. Autographed books are non-refundable.
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