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Some Good Railroad Stories Anthologies

The books listed below, with their contents, comprise a relatively easy to find, and inexpensive, basic library of Railroad Stories. While most of the stories are by North American authors, there are a fair number by British and European authors. Exploring one or more of these volumes is a good way to find authors that you particularly enjoy. The larger lists of books can then identify books for your shopping list.

Headlights and Markers (1968) 
edited by Frank P Donovan, Jr.
and Robert Selph Henry

  • The Yellow Mail Story (Jimmie the Wind) - Frank H Spearman
  • The Roadmaster's Story (The Spider Water) - Frank H Spearman
  • A Little Action - Harold Titus
  • The Stolen Railroad Train - Marquis James
  • An Engineer's Christmas Story - John A Hill
  • Run to Seed - Thomas Nelson Page
  • The Night Operator - Frank L Packard
  • A Ghost Train Illusion - Cy Warman
  • The Angel of Canyon Pass - Charles W. Tyler
  • Huey, the Engineer - Jesse Stuart
  • The Berth of Hope - Octavus Roy Cohen
  • Mrs. Union Station - Douglas Welch
  • Remarks: None - William Wister Haines
  • Wide-Open Thottle - AW Somerville
  • Counterbalance - AW Somerville
  • Smart Boomer - Harry C Bedwell
  • Priority Special - Harry C Bedwell

Open Throttle (1966) 
edited by Phyllis R Fenner

  • Spiked Switches - Carl Henry Rathjen
  • O'Halloran's Luck - Stephen Vincent Benet
  • Hot Engine - Harold Titus
  • The Railroad Ghost - Murray T. Pringle
  • Imperial Pass - Harry C Bedwell
  • Miracle of Hashono Rabo - Sholom Aleichem
  • A Little Action - Harold Titus
  • Dan Peters and Casey Jones - Wilber Schramm
  • Smart Boomer - Harry C Bedwell
  • Smoke Over the Prairie - Conrad Richter

Short Lines (1996) 
edited by Rob Johnson

  • Smart Boomer - Harry C Bedwell
  • Holding Up a Train - O Henry
  • The Far and the Near - Thomas Wolfe
  • Mrs. Union Station - Douglas Welch
  • The Octopus - Frank Norris
  • A Toot for a Toot - Octavus Roy Cohen
  • The Nerve of Foley - Frank H Spearman
  • The Locomotive that Lost Herself - Cy Warman
  • Hoboes that Pass in the Night - Jack London
  • The Railway Guide - Christopher Morley
  • The Night Operator - Frank L Packard
  • .007 - Rudyard Kipling
  • Wide-Open Thottle - AW Somerville
  • Stanwick's Business - Owen Wister

Tales of the Rails (1952) 
edited by Veronica Hutchinson

  • Collver Special - Herbert G Monroe
  • Casey Jones's Trip to the Promised Land - Freeman H Hubbard
  • Ah, Noble Kate Shelley - Robert J Casey and WAS Douglas
  • Jim Wainwright's Kid - John A Hill
  • Tank Cars Rolling - William Edward Hayes
  • How I Sent My Aunt to Baltimore - Charles Stuart Davison
  • Dangerous Crossing - Jack Clinton McLarn
  • Willy's First Trip - William D Scott
  • A Greenhorn Wins His Spurs - James C Harris
  • Boomers Eastbound - CA Roach
  • Streamlined Power - Norman V Carlisle
  • Injun Bury 'Um Deep - Harold L Johnston
  • Milepost 40 - Don Waters
  • Vanishing Tail Lights - John Paul Mills
  • The Little Caboose - S Kipp Farrington Jr.

Great Railroad Stories of the World (1954) 
edited by Samuel Moskowitz

  • A Tale of the Old Main Line - AW Somerville
  • The Stolen Railroad Train - Marquis James
  • The Far and the Near - Thomas Wolfe
  • The Man Who Confessed - Frank L Packard
  • The Signalman - Charles Dickens
  • Trackside Grave - Jack Clinton McLarn
  • Mrs. Union Station - Douglas Welch
  • Train Going - William Saroyan
  • Big Engine - William Edward Hayes
  • Flagman Thiel Gerhart Hauptmann
  • Yardmaster - Jack Clinton McLarn
  • Blowing Up a Train - TL Lawrence
  • A Toot for a Toot - Octavus Roy Cohen
  • Virginia & Truckee - Lucius Beebe and Charles Clegg

Rail Fiction Classics (1974) -
edited by William C Jones and Charles Albi

A Collection of Three Complete Books....

The Nerve of Foley (1900) - Frank H Spearman

  • The Nerve of Foley
  • Second Seventy-Seven
  • The Kid Engineer
  • The Sky-Scraper
  • Soda-Water Sal
  • The McWilliams Special
  • The Million Dollar Freight Train
  • Bucks
  • Sankey's Double Header 
  • Siclone Clark

The Last Spike (1906) - Cy Warman

  • The Last Spike
  • The Belle of AthaBasca
  • Pathfinding in the Northwest
  • The Cure's Christmas Gift
  • The Mysterious Signal
  • Chasing the White Mail
  • Oppressing the Oppressor
  • The Iron Horse and the Trolley
  • In the Black Canon
  • Jack Ramsey's Reason
  • Great Wreck on the Pere Marquette
  • The Story of an Englishman
  • On the Limited
  • The Conquest of Alaska
  • Number Three
  • The Stuff That Stands
  • The Milwaukee Run

Whispering Rails (1936) - Gilbert Lathrop

A Novel in 16 Chapters (not listed)

More Rail Classics (1976) -
edited by William C Jones and Charles Albi

A Collection Including....

The Strategy of Great Railroads (1904) - Frank H Spearman

  • The Vanderbilt Lines
  • The Pennsylvania System
  • The Harriman Lines
  • The Hill Lines
  • The Fight for Pittsburg
  • The Gould Lines
  • The Rock Island System
  • The Atchison
  • The Big Granger Lines
    • The Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul
    • The Chicago and Northwestern
  • The Rebuilding of an American Railroad
  • The First Transcontinental Railroad
  • The Early Day in Railroading

Short Rails (1900) - Cy Warman

  • The New Ticket Agent
  • Jack Farley's Flying Switch
  • Out on the Road
  • The Engineer's White Hair
  • A Running Switch
  • A Perpendicular Railroad
  • The Wreck at Roubideau
  • The Black Flyers
  • The Fighting Manager
  • The Passing of McIvor
  • A Sympathy Strike
  • A Railroad Emergency
  • Railroading in France
  • "'Ar' Ye Worth It?"
  • A Roumanian Romance
  • Opening of the Alpine Tunnel
  • On the Black-List
  • The First Train Over the Bridge
  • Fanny and the Fireman

The Collected Short Stories (1949-1968) - of Jack Clinton McLarn

  • Johnnie No-Brakes
  • Beanery Queen
  • Trackside Grave
  • The Traveling Grunt
  • The Ghost of the 999
  • Dangerous Crossing
  • Yardmaster
  • Big Brother
  • Trainmaster
  • The Graveyard Trick
  • High Water Mark
  • Big Hook
  • by the Rules
  • A Time for Remembering

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