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Steam Locomotion in the 21st Century

The Recent History of Steam Locomotive Development

Steam Locomotive Book Resources

updated 4 February 2022

Used and New Book Sources

Many books about steam locomotives are out of print, but the following sources are suggested for finding copies. (Note- I receive no money or other compensation from any of these sources.)

Chegg mainly deals in college text books, but there are quite a few steam books available as well.  They rent as well as sell books.

The following links are for sites which allow you to search the inventories of numerous used book stores simultaneously: (added 16 May 2022) (Europe) claims to be a free service of finding the best price on a purchase of several books together. This service is more useful than the standard services which perform one book comparison at a time, and can save more money when buying several books together. (used, rare and out-of-print books) - The major on-line auction site, they often have Locomotive Cyclopedias and other antique technical railroad books listed.

New Books

Camden Miniature Steam Services - Book store with an excellent selection of a wide variety of books on steam locomotives, engineering and other technical subjects. Write them for a free catalog.

The Advanced Steam Traction Trust in the UK offers several books and collections of technical papers for sale: Advanced Steam Traction Trust Books

If you know of other books or good sources for out-of-print railway books, please e-mail me at:


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