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Volume I: Early Narrow Gauge Locos

Copyright 2001 by Johnny Graybeal

     The first of a multi-volume series by acclaimed East Tennessee & Western North Carolina Railroad historian Johnny Graybeal, detailing the southeast's most beloved narrow-gauge railroad. The series highlights the day-to-day operations of the railroad as seen by the men who worked the line. Historians and modelers alike will relish the vintage rolling stock details, equipment drawings, exquisite maps and dozens of never-before-published photographs.
     Volume I covers early narrow gauge locomotives of the line. See the Watauga "Cranberry" and "Unaka" as never before, as well as Numbers 4, 5 & 6. Switcher Number 7, Linville River 28 and the geared locomotives of the Linville River Railway are also featured. Spec sheets, drawings and modeling hints are all provided. Over 100 photos, maps & drawings. 

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Volume II: The Ten Wheelers      Preview

     Volume II delivers nearly 200 pages with over 190 photographs and drawings of the ET&WNC's trademark locomotives.  Volume II is a treasure trove of information for the historian and modeler alike. Each engine, Numbers 8 thru 14, are discussed in detail from their engineering design, to their life and modifications on the railroad, to service on other lines and in Alaska. Charts include coal usage by year, specifications, and even days of usage by the fleet of famed locomotives
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Volume III: Depots

     Volume III examines in detail the depots of this famous railroad. These buildings were unique from other railroads and unique from each other. Each depot is covered in detail, along with the early history and interesting facts about the communities served by the line. Careful research reveals the early history of the Cranberry mine area, how the "Old Fields of the Toe" became Newland, how Pineola came to exist, and the coming of the railroad to Boone.
     This volume, like its predecessors, is an instant reference classic for the historian, railfan, and modeler alike. Dozens of drawings offer accurate interior arrangements and overall measurements of the ET&WNC and Linville River Railway depots. These drawings are offered in real-size measurements, convertible to any modeling scale. With the photographs as guides, nearly every depot and station shelter on the line can be reproduced. Whether your interest is in history, architecture, or modeling, this volume offers a wealth of never-before-published information.

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Volume IV: Freight Cars A
                          Volume V:   Freight Cars B

  Volumes IV and V: Freight Cars, continue the tradition that historians and modelers alike have come to appreciate from author Johnny Graybeal. The books cover boxcars, flatcars, stockcars, gondolas, hoppers, trailer-on-flats, and cabooses in detail that is unprecedented. Freight patterns, usage, rolling stock color schemes, and discussion about the various operational eras of the ET&WNC are presented in chronological order .

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Volume VI: Passenger Cars

     Volume VI covers the  passenger trains of the narrow gauge that were remembered fondly by all who ever rode them. When the line first opened, the swaying coaches and combines were the only way to get around in the fastness of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Many made their first forays into the outside world aboard the trains nicknamed the "Stemwinder", or "the Narrow Gauge". Since passengers were the main commodity, the people in the area took great interest in anything that happened on the train.
      The newspapers of the area were quick to capitalize on this curiosity, and events were recorded in the paper for future generations to read. Many of the stories in this volume have not been told in a century. This volume also examines the rise and fall of the fortunes of the passenger industry on the narrow gauge, using Company and Government records to explain when things changed. Finally, every passenger car owned by the railroad is discussed in detail, as well as ways to model these cars in small scale.