David Myrick's monumental railroad histories have become essential reference works for railroaders, historians, and hobbyists. His previous two volumes on the railroads of Nevada and Eastern California provide a rich record of rail transport in the region, including independent roads, short lines, and narrow-gauge roads, as well as many ephemeral roads built to serve mines or construction projects.
Lavishly illustrated with period photographs and maps, and rich in historical detail, they are a major contribution to the transportation history of the West. Volume III contains additional information about the northern roads, including some not covered in previous volumes, and about developments since the publication of the first two volumes in the railroads of the region. It provides new facts gleaned from the recently discovered correspondence of Collis P. Huntington, one of the builders of the Central Pacific and Southern Pacific railroads. It also covers roads connected with the lumber industry and the construction of electric power plants, and Southern Pacific branch lines, including some that never advanced beyond surveys. The book is illustrated with over 300 photographs, many never before published, and route maps.
Once again, David Myrick's far-reaching research has produced an invaluable record of the development of rail transportation in the Far West. This final volume to his study of the roads of Nevada and Eastern California is a fascinating history of western railroads and the region they helped to build.
Most Accurate Reference Work, Especially for V&T
By J. Lohse on Oct 17, 2008
I don't know why everyone doesn't give this three book series five star. Myrick is the definitive railroad reference book for the Virginia and Truckee, Carson and Colorado and other Nevada and Eastern California railroads. While the Lucius Beebe's are more focused on literary style than truth, when you want to know something about Nevada Railroads this is the first book to go to. The book also has excellent maps and great photos. Myrick has been doing this for 40 years.
Sierra Nevada Loggers!!
By Bob Proctor on Feb 15, 2008
Ignore the rating on this book! It's a five-ster "must have" if you are interested in the subject, of proportionally less value the less interested you are. About 15% of the subject matter is additional information about RRs covered in Volume I (the Central Pacific, Carson & Colorado, N-C-O, etc.). The CPRR in particular has new photos and track diagrams of early division points. This material is interesting but of limited modeling value unless you model the 19th century. The other 85% is about the small logging and lumber railroads in the northern Sierra Nevada; mostly in Plumas and Lassen counties. The histories genrally include the full story of the lumber companies that built the RRs, including mill operations and the shifting pattern of track into new logging areas. Coverage of the individual RRs varies depending on how successful Myrick was at finding eyewitness accounts so if you are interested in only one specific RR, you should browse a copy before buying if at all possible.
The third volume of the series that all train lovers will adore
By Midwest Book Review on May 05, 2008
The third volume of the series that all train lovers will adore is now available in "Railroads of Nevada and Eastern California: Volume III: More of the Northern Roads". Made by railroad fanatics for railroad fanatics, this nearly 400 page coffee table book serves its fan base remarkably well. Over 300 photographs, an index and other appendixes make "Railroads of Nevada and Eastern California: Volume III: More of the Northern Roads" highly recommended for railroad lovers everywhere and for any community library railroading collection.
By Claude A. Wiatrowski on Jan 13, 2014
I loved this book like the many others that I have written by Myrick. It is very sad that he passed away.