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Southern Pacific's 4300 4-8-2's, Revised Edition

by Robert J. Church


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Among Southern Pacific's most capable steam engines were the 4300-series Mountains. Most were built in SP's own Sacramento Shops. They were workhorses in fast passenger and freight duties.

Here is the complete story of these locomotives, from their design, through construction and maintenance, to their extensive service assignments. A rich collection of technical data, drawings, and photographs complements the detailed and thoroughly researched text.

Newly revised from the first edition, The 4300 4-8-2's has 24 new pages, 40 new photographs (9 in color), an expanded chapter on tenders, an index and references, and numerous additions and enhancements throughout, making it even more authoritative and complete than the original version. Out of print for nearly 15 years, the first edition of this book has been difficult to find from used book dealers, and has commanded prices of $125 to $175 in recent years.

Selected Comments on the First Edition of The 4300 4-8-2's

"A superb book about an outstanding Southern Pacific locomotive type. The text is well written, filled with authoritative research, and supplemented with an excellent selection of photos and drawings."
-- Guy Dunscomb, railroad historian and author

"An excellent and informative work. Indispensable for any steam enthusiast."
-- William Kratville, locomotive historian and author

"Well researched and very well organized. All of us can be nothing but pleased with the material. We recommend it for railfans and modelers alike."
-- Robert Hundman, in Mainline Modeler magazine

Also available: Full Reviews of the Revised Edition as well as the Table of Contents for the book.


Particulars: The 4300 4-8-2's, by Robert J. Church
List Price: $55, hard covers
Size: 176 pages, 8.5" x 11"; 40 drawings, 243 B&W photographs, 10 color photos
ISBN: 0-9633791-4-3     Publication date: June 1, 1996