Carmel Valley: Express Press Limited, 1988. Second Printing. Large format hardcover (28.8 x 41.5cm), pp. xiv, 386, richly illustrated with black and white photos; red cloth covered boards with embossed lettering in gilt on the spine and front cover, pictorial dust wrapper, front cover features an original painting by Phil Belbin of UP 4003 and 4014 at the Cheyenne coal dock 1953, repeated on frontispiece, rear features photo by Robert Darwin of UP 3985 in the Cheyenne roundhouse September 1964, grey textured endpapers.
Head and tail of spine and corners are very gently bruised; spine is somewhat twisted and gutters are a little tender owing to the weight and proportions of the book; top and bottom edge and top edge of text block show a hint of dust toning; scuff marks to the bottom corner of the text block; gentle rippling to pages throughout; black colour from some images has transferred slightly to facing white pages; previous owner’s stickers on pages i and iii, the top corner of the sticker on page i has been removed and a residue remains; very light creasing to the top margin of pages i-vi; unclipped dust wrapper is clean and bright, light creasing to the head and tail, on the front cover near the head of the spine and along the fore edge of the back cover, a 15mm diagonal indentation and slight chip without loss to the ‘O’ in ‘Union’ on the front cover, light scuffs and scratches to the back cover. Item #950
This book presents a compelling visual narrative of the pre-eminent railroad of the West and of the great terminal it built on the Wyoming plain. Many of the photographs are newly discovered or published here for the first time. Consequently, this book is also the story of the photographers who recorded the scene and is told pictorially from their unique and interesting perspectives. Written and with many photographs supplied by Robert Darwin, well known in western rail circles as an ardent fan and admirer of the Union Pacific.