Sources and References

All Aboard Arizona recommends the following books. If these are unavailable at your local library, please ask them to purchase copies. Libraries are always looking for suggestions… and as rail advocates it is our duty to ensure that the library stacks include serious railroad books like these.


America’s Passenger Trains

  • Mauris L. Emeka, AMTRAKing: A Guide to Enjoyable Train Travel. Port Orchard, Washington: Apollo Publishing, 1994. viii + 116pp. Illustrations. $11.95 (softback), ISBN: 0-9640125-0-2. Reviews at
  • Gordon Gill, Amtrak’s Long-Distance Service: Can It Be Made Viable? Dorrance Publishing Company, Pittsburgh, PA, October 1, 1998. Paperback – 184 pages () $14.00. Reviews at
  • Steven Goddard, Getting There: The Epic Struggle Between Road and Rail in the American Century. Harper-Collins, 1994. Reviews at
  • Donald M. Itzkoff, Off the Track, The Decline of the Intercity Passenger Train in the United States, 1995.
  • Jane Holtz Kay, Asphalt Nation: How the Automobile Took Over America and How We Can Take it Back. New York: Crown, 1997. xii + 418 pp. Illustrations and bibliographical references. $27.50 (cloth), ISBN 0-5175-8702-5. Reviews at
  • Joseph Vranich, Derailed: What Went Wrong and What to Do About America’s Passenger Trains. St. Martin’s Press, 1997. 258 pp, 16 pages b&w photographs. $24.95 (hardcover), ISBN: 0-312-17182-X. Reviews at
  • Joseph Vranich, Supertrains, Solutions to America’s Transportation Gridlock. St. Martin’s Press, New York, 1993; $15.95; 422 pages with photos throughout, ISBN: 0-312-09468-X. Reviews at
  • Frank Wilner, The Amtrak Story, Simmons-Boardman Books, Inc., Omaha, 1995; $26.95. Reviews at


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Railroad Technology

  • All About Railroading by William C. Vantuono. Simmons-Boardman Books, 2000. Billed as “The young adult’s guide to today’s railroad industry” written for age 12 and up. 100 pages, 150 color photographs and diagrams covering every aspect of North American railroading: freight operations, freight cars and locomotives, intercity and commuter rail, ligth rail, rapid transit, engineering and signaling and communications. With glossary.
  • The Railroad: What it is, What it Does by John H. Armstrong. Simmons-Boardman Books, 1990. ISBN: 0-911382-04-6. Covers railroad technology (tracks, locomotives, cars, and trains thereof), signals, operation, car types, railroad organization, passenger operation, and more. Many illustrations, tables and graphs. Also available on CD-ROM.


Arizona’s Railroads

  • David F. Myrick, Railroads of Arizona.
  • Volumes 1-3 published by Howell-North Books, San Diego, California, 1980. 385.09791 (Library of Congress: HE2771.A6M94; ISBN: 0-8310-7111-7 (v.I)).
  • Volumes 4-6 published by Signature Press, Berkeley, CA (510) 540-6538; fax, (510) 540-1937 — Publishers of books on railroads and on Western history.
  • Fleming, Lawrence, Ride A Mile and Smile the While [This book, a history of the Phoenix Street Railway Company, is no longer in print, but Amazon in the United Kingdom has used copies available]


Maps, Current and Historic

  • The 1959 Encyclopaedia Brittanica World Atlas shows rail lines in Arizona (and all over the world).
  • The Official Guide to the Railways, issued monthly from 1867 thru the early 1970s, has maps drawn by each railway. Check ebay or your local hobby shop or used bookstore for copies.
  • The United States Geological Survey (USGS) prints maps at various scales (mostly well under $10) that show current and abandoned railway lines and many other features. Contact Wide World of Maps for copies.
  • The SPV Railroad Atlas for Arizona & New Mexico, by Mike Walker, is available at most rail hobby shops or can be ordered through the California State Rail Museum.
  • Southwest Region Timetable, Altamont Press, contains maps and railroad mileage, speed limits, etc. Available at hobby shops or online.