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Historic North American Locos
Historic North American Locomotives
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]

Introduction
Historic North American Locomotives from Kalmbach Publishing Ltd. is a high-quality, large format, gallery of artist enhanced portraits of locomotives. Authored by Ken Boyd, the book is catalogued by Kalmbach as Item #01306, with the ISBN 9781627005081.

Kalmbach describes this book thusly
    This museum-quality book traces the development of North American locomotives from the early 1800s to the present. The collection presents 100 locomotives that are rarely shown together in the same book.

The book
Historic North American Locomotives is 232 pages in length in a 11" x 8.5" format. It features 200 color photos.

Features include:
Striking detailed and colored photographs created through painterly techniques.
Landscape formatted page spreads for optimal viewing.
A wide variety of historical and modern era locomotives, from the 1805 Trevithick to the high-speed 2013 GE Genesis.

Ten chapters present the subjects;
    INTRODUCTION
    HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE
    EARLY LOCOMOTIVES
    THE CLASSIC, DEFINITIVE AMERICAN LOCOMOTIVE
    STEAM ACROSS AMERICA
    GOLDEN AGE OF THE LOCOMOTIVE
    TRANSITION FROM STEAM TO ELECTRIC AND DIESEL
    FINAL ADVANCES IN STEAM DEVELOPMENT
    POSTWAR TECHNOLOGIES
    MODERN ERA

Content
The main content of this book are the images. Each one is accompanied with a short history of the particular locomotive and information about the class and type. Compared and contrasted with American designs are an occasional European locomotive of note.

The images
Author Ken Boyd wanted to show these amazing machines in great detail. Every seam, rod, pipe, tube, bolt - he desired to reveal it. Anyone who has tried to photograph large and dark subjects knows the challenge of unveiling detail cloaked in shadow without washing out the illuminated areas. With digital prowess, the author/photographer has created beautifully presented images of these engines, even those painted uniformly black. The subjects are marvelously presented upon a white background to lay bare detail otherwise lost in negative space.

The author also presents many scenes of locomotives in their natural habitats, setting in a yard or running on the main.

This photographic gallery is exceptionally!

Conclusion
Historic North American Locomotives from Kalmbach is an amazing book. The photography is incredible. I am not usually a fan of gallery books and yet this book will take its place among my prized publications. The colors are rich and the detail is spectacular. The selection of subjects are a wonderful diversity of locomotives for every taste - steam, electric or diesel, main line heavy haulers and tourist cog types, and fascinating geared types.

I have nothing meaningful to criticism about this book. I think it will be a very welcome addition to any enthusiast of locomotives past and present. I highly recommend it.
SUMMARY
Highs: An exceptional gallery of color photography. The colors are rich and the detail is spectacular.
Lows: De minimis.
Verdict: I am not usually a fan of gallery books and yet this book will take its place among my prized publications. I think it will be a very welcome addition to any enthusiast of locomotives past and present.
  Scale: N/A
  Mfg. ID: 01306
  PUBLISHED: Oct 23, 2018
  NATIONALITY: United States
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 87.03%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 93.31%

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About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR)
FROM: TENNESSEE, UNITED STATES

I'm a professional pilot with a degree in art. My first model was an AMT semi dump truck. Then Monogram's Lunar Lander right after the lunar landing. Next, Revell's 1/32 Bf-109G...cried havoc and released the dogs of modeling! My interests--if built before 1900, or after 1955, then I proba...

Copyright 2018 text by Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]. Images also by copyright holder unless otherwise noted. Opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of ModelGeek. All rights reserved.



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