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Down the Iron Mountain Route - Hardcover
A Pictorial Railroad History through Arkansas
By Charles A. Duckworth

This is a pictorial history book on the Iron Mountain railroad in Arkansas. The book contains over 200 photographs taken prior to 1924. It includes over 90 stations and small town depots along with the supporting structures that were required to operate a railroad in the 1920's (section houses, stock pens, berry and cotton sheds, telegraph cabins, etc.). Alsoincluded are color period advertising items and maps. Many of the depots in the book were torn down by the 1930's due to the building of all weather roads which reduced the need for facilities in many smaller locations.

Keeping the modeler and rail historian in mind the photos were printed as large as possible. The captions include what type and the number of rail customers at each location (saw mills, wagon manufacturers, livestock dealers, etc). The photos are organized in geographical order so the reader will see the stations as they would riding a passenger train. Chapter with the depot photos starts at Corning, Arkansas through to Texarkana, then from Little Rock to the Ft. Smith area with several branch lines being documented.

Chapters are:
- History of the St. Louis, Iron Mountain & Southern Railroad
- Background to the ICC Valuations
- Depots and Buildings along the Iron Mountain
- Definitions of the Buildings and Structures in the Photographs
- Station Design and Colors
- Dimensions of the Structures
- Bibliography
- Index

Hardcover, 8.5x11", 152 pages, 255 illustrations. 240 of these are period photographs of St. Louis, Iron Mountain & Southern structures before 1925 the rest are maps and period brochures or timetables. Over 100 photos are of station and depots the remaining photos are of seldom seen section houses, tool houses, berry and cotton sheds, telegraph cabins and even the single hole privies. Dimensions are provided of the buildings in the book and the surrounding structures as well. The depot photos came from several sources, the Missouri Pacific Historical Society archives, National Museum of Transportation, Bill Pollard and other private collections.

Only 650 books are being printed with each being individually numbered.

The book is at the publisher now and is to be printed this coming September. The goal is to have it available for the Missouri Pacific Historical Society annual convention in October. 

Missouri Pacific Historical Society member price is $49.95*

Non-member pricing will be $54.95* until September 1, 2017 the price will be $59.95*
* shipping excluded

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A few samples of the photos are shown below.


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