Books about the Green Bay Route.
Listed alphabetically by author.
- Locomotive Cyclopedia of American Practice, 1922,
Simmons-Boardman Publishing Corp.
KGB&W builders photo of 2-6-0 #39.
- Model Railroader Cyclopedia - Volume 1: Steam
Publishing, Waukesha, Wis.
Article titled: GB&W 2-6-0.
- Model Railroader Cyclopedia - Volume 2: Diesel
Publishing, Waukesha, Wis.
Article titled: Alco 2400-hp Road Switcher, Model RS-27.
- Modern Motive Power in Action: A General Electric Motive
Power Report on the Ahnapee & Western Railroad, 1953
Part of a series touting GE locomotives and their abilities.
- The Best of Mainline Modeler’s Freight Cars: Volume
Two, 1990, Phoenix
Publishing, Blaine, Wash.
(100 pages softcover) Two articles: 'USRA Single-Sheathed Box Car' by
James E. Lane, includes prototype photos of Green Bay & Western, Columbus
& Greenville, Kansas City Southern, Canadian National, and Central Vermont;
'The Greenville 60-Foot Box Car' by M. E. Vaughan and Todd Sullivan, includes
prototype photos of Green Bay & Western, Grand Trunk Western, Missouri
Pacific, Wabash, and Detroit Toledo & Ironton.
- Train Shed Cyclopedia No. 45: Locos of the 40's &
50's (Steam) Part 1 from the 1941 Locomotive Cyclopedia and Railway Mechanical
Railroad History, Talbott, Tenn.
The "Steam Locomotives 2-8-2 Type" section includes information
on the GB&W, along with Akron, Canton & Youngstown; Alton &
Southern; Canadian Pacific; Chicago, Indianapolis & Louisville; Detroit
& Toledo Shore Line; Detroit, Toledo & Ironton; Georgia Northern Light;
Green Bay & Western; Louisiana & Arkansas; Louisville & Nashville;
Missouri Pacific; St Louis-San Francisco; Southern Railway; Western Pacific; and
the US War Department.
- Train Shed Cyclopedia No. 52: Steam Locomotives from the
1919 Locomotive Cyclopedia (Part 1), Stephans
Railroad History, Talbott, Tenn.
The "2-6-0 Type Locomotive" section includes information on the
KGB&W, anlong with Southern Pacific; Livingston Lumber Co.; Central Railroad
of Haiti; San Jose Sugar Co.; Santo Domingo; Helen Lumber Co.; and the Krajewski
Appel, Walter A.. ALCO Official Color Photography, 1998,
Morning Sun Books, Kutztown,
Penn., ISBN: 9781582480060
(128 pages hardcover) Company photos of new ALCOs from the early 1950s
till the end, posed right outside the shops and out on the road. Includes some
Baker, Bob. Wisconsin Rails: A nostalgic view of railroading in
the Badger State (and Michigan's Upper Peninsula), 1987, Wisconsin
Chapter NRHS, Butler, Wis.
Baker, Bob. Wisconsin Rails II: A passage of time - growing up
with railroading in the Badger State, 1994, Wisconsin
Chapter NRHS, Racine, Wis.
Becker, Walter F. Railway & Locomotive Historical Society Bulletin
#117: Additional Data on the Locomotives in Bulletin 115, October
1967, Railway and
Locomotive Historical Society, Boston, Mass.
Pages 61-62 has additional information on some of the early locomotives
on the roster.
Borne, Jeff. Railroad Depots of Wisconsin, PrairieWorks,
Eden Prairie, Minn.
(photo CD) The Wisconsin depots are on the lines of the Chicago,
Burlington & Quincy, Chicago & North Western; Chicago, North Shore &
Milwaukee, Green Bay & Western, Milwaukee Road, Northern Pacific and Soo
Line. The photo album has 186 images and in some instances have both the
original depot and its replacement. The images come from photos, slides and
postcards. Includes Green Bay, Hatfield, Iola, Merillian, Seymour and .Whitehall
Bradley, James T.. Cabooses of North America: Volume 2, 1991,
Bradley Enterprises, Irving, Tex.
Includes ad material from International Caboose Co., some GB&W
content), plus many other railroads.
Burg, Thomas E.. The Green Bay & Western Steam Era:
Locomotive Photos from the Roy Campbell Collection, 2006, Merrill
(180 pages softcover & photo CD) Contains 169 images from the
collection of Roy Campbell. All images have captions providing locomotive
histories, dates and places of photographs, and identities of any photographers
other than Campbell (where known). They are stored as 600 dpi scans in Adobe
Acrobat format. The images are also available on glossy paper and ring-bound for
Burg, Thomas E.. Wisconsin Shortline and Logging Steam Locomotives:
Photos from the Roy Campbell Collection, 2008, Merrill
Publishing Associates, ISBN: 978-0-9795752-7-3
(softcover & photo CD) Pages 76-95 covers the Iola & Northern,
Waupaca – Green Bay and Ahnapee & Western.
Burkhardt, D. C. Jesse. Travelogue From an Unruly Youth,
January 2007, Rolling
Dreams Press, White Salmon, Wash., ISBN:
(176 pages softcover) The writer's journey riding on freight railroads.
Includes experiences of stowing away on the railroad carferry Chief Wawatam and
riding on the An Arbor Railroad, Soo Line, Green Bay & Western, Rock Island,
Cook, Preston. The Railroad Night Scene, July 1991,
Old Line Graphics, Silver
Spring, MD, ISBN: 1879314061
(128 pages ) Includes a look at Night time photography techniques, as
well as many photos of railroad operations at night. Includes a look at the New
York Central, D&H, Maine Central, Bangor & Aroostook, New Haven,
Canadian pacific, CNJ, Penn Central,Cass Scenic, East Broad Top, Erie
Lackawanna, South Shore, Illinois Central, Rock Island, Gulf Mobile & Ohio,
Santa Fe,Milwaukee Rd, Burlington Route C&NW, Soo, Green Bay & Western,
Chicago Great Western, Union Pacific, Southern Pacific, Seaboard, and more. Many
photos, all color.
Drury, George. The Historical Guide to North American Railroads,
1999, Kalmbach Publishing,
Waukesha, Wis., ISBN: 890243565
Article titled: Green Bay & Western Railroad / Fox River Valley
Edson, William D. Railway & Locomotive Historical Society Bulletin
#116: Green Bay and Western Corrections and Additions in Locomotive
Roster, April 1967, Railway
and Locomotive Historical Society, Boston, Mass.
Page 75 has corrections to the roster published in RLHS bulletin #115.
Elrond G., Lawrence. Rails West '89: A Photographic Look at The
Year In Railroading, January 2000, Pentrex
Media Group LLC, Pasadena, Calif., ISBN:
(80 pages softcover) This book is a pictorial of that 1989, with photos
taken by some of America's finest rail photographers. Photos of: GBW, SF; FNM;
UP; SP; WC/OXFORD; BN; WC; IC; McCloud River; UP 8444; SP 4449; CNW; Leadville,
Colorado & Southern; CP Rail; LACTC; Amtrak; Texas Southern; Erie Mining;
DWP; GTW; Montana Rail Link; Wyoming Colorado RR; Grand Canyon RY; Napa Valley
wine train; MKT; SOO; SSW; KCS; VIA; Utah Railway; TP&W; Iowa Interstate;
Wisconsin & Calumet; Western Pacific
Follmar, Joseph. Grand Crossings: Railroading and People in La
Crosse, Wisconsin, 1992, The
4000 Foundation, Ltd., La Crosse, Wis.
(94 pages ) Includes two color covers with eight inside color pages, and
is heavily illustrated with photos and maps. The book was reviewed in the
September 1993 Trains Magazine on page 84 as well as in several railroad
historical society organs.
Forero, Jr., George A.. Algoma Railroad: Your Guide to the
Algoma Railroad Company and Brillion and Forest Junction Railroad, 1979,
Trans Northern Inc.
(36 pages softcover) This brochure is a history and guide to two
shortline railroads in Wisconsin; the Algoma Railroad, and the Brillion and
Forest Junction Railroad. Both lines were owned by Trans Northern, Inc.
Garnhart, Randy. Reflections: A Gallery of Railway Photographs,
Vol. 1, No. 2, 1990, Skywood Graphics, Rockford
(32 pages softcover) Includes 32 black and white photos of steam and
diesel. Railroads include: Green Bay & Western, Rock Island, Chicago &
North Western, Illinois Central, Milwaukee Road, Chicago Great Western, Frisco,
Minneapolis & St. Louis, Gulf Mobile & Ohio, Illinois Terminal, Elgin
Joliet & Eastern and Soo Line. Produced by the North Western Illinois
Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society.
Gnacinski, Janneyne L. Station No. 66, Iola, Wisconsin: The
story of Iola's railroad and the preservation of its depot, 1985,
Iola Historical Society
Grubner, John. GBW, Wisconsin's Historic East-West Railroad,
1986, Mid-Continent Railway Historical Society, North
Several short articles on various aspects of the GBW, including
historical, current operations, and structures on the railroad.
Heimburger, Donald J.. Trains of America: All-Color Railroad
Photography Featuring the Late Steam and Early Diesel Era, 1990,
Heimburger House Publishing Co.,
Forest Park, Ill., ISBN: 0911581138
(204 pages hardcover) Steam and diesel from 1940 to 1965. Includes some
GB&W, also many other railroads.
Henderson, John. Cabins, Crummies & Hacks (& Vans) - Volume 3:
North & West, 1992, H&M Productions, Flushing,
(80 pages ) Page 31 has a color photo of caboose #607 taken in 1966.
Henderson, John. Classic Freight Cars - Volume 3: 40-ft
Refrigerator Cars, 1993, H&M Productions, Flushing,
N.Y., ISBN: 1-882608-01-1
Pages 37 and 38 have several shots of WRX/GBW cars in all-white and the
red and light grey paint schemes. On page 64 there is a more modern RBL plug
door car lettered GBW.
Henderson, John. Classic Freight Cars - Volume 4: 40-ft Open
& Closed Hopper Cars, 1993, H&M Productions,
Flushing, N.Y., ISBN: 1-882608-02X
(64 pages ) Page 31 has an image of a Green Bay & Western hopper.
Hendrickson, Richard H. and Edward S. Kaminski. Billboard Refrigerator
Cars, 08 2008, ISBN: 9781930013223
(222 pages Hardcover) Hundreds of these paint schemes are documented,
together with details of the leasing companies and car builders associated with
the individual cars. More than 440 photographs are in this book. Chapter 5 (pp.
73-92) covers Western Refrigerator Lines and NWRX reefers.
Hilton, George W. The Great Lakes Car Ferries, 1962,
(282 pages hardcover) Extensive coverage of all Great Lakes carferries;
separate chapters devoted to Ann Arbor and Pere Marquette. Much of the emphasis
is on mishaps.
Joyce, Robert E. Wisconsin Railroads: A Corporate History,
A listing of the incorporation, sale, and/or bankruptcy dates of the
hundreds of railroads that operated in Wisconsin.
Kaysen, James P. The Railroads of Wisconsin, 1827-1937, August
1937, Railway and
Locomotive Historical Society, Boston, Mass.
Includes state map, construction statistics (miles of railroad built by
year), old pictures of depots and locomotives, as well as line abandonments.
Leider, David. The Story of Waupaca and its Railroads, Waupaca
Historical Society, Waupaca, Wis.
Includes a history of the Waupaca - Green Bay Railroad.
Mailer, Stan. Green
Bay & Western, 1989, Bob
Hayden Consulting & Editorial Services (Hundmann Publishing), Santa
(hardcover) The definitive work on the Green Bay Route. Stan Mailer has
done an excellent job of documenting every phase of the Green Bay &
Western's history, from the first attempts at building a trans-Wisconsin rail
link to the aftermath of the purchase of GB&W by Itel Corporation in 1977.
The book retails for $47.95 and can be purchased from many booksellers. My local
Barnes and Noble would have needed to special order it, but I was able to buy a
copy right from stock at Amazon.com.
Maywood, Henry. Classic Freight Cars - Volume 8: 50-ft Boxcars,
1995, H&M Productions, Flushing, N.Y.,
There is a color photo of GBW 2574 in the book.
Nelson, Andrew. Green Bay & Western Color Pictorial,
April 2003, Four Ways
West Publications, La Mirada, Calif., ISBN:
(hardcover) The book is divided into the following chapters: 1) History
starting in the 1960s, but focusing more on the later years up to and through
the Wisconsin Central sale. 2) Kewaunee Division 3) Green Bay terminal with a
subchapter on Norwood Shops 4) New London Division with a subchapter on the
Stevens Point Branch. 5) Wisconsin Rapids terminal 6) Whitehall Division.
Nielsen, Marvin. Locomotives of the Upper Midwest Photo Archive:
Diesel Power in the 1960's & 1970's, May 2004, Iconografix
Incorporated, ISBN: 1583881131
(128 pages softcover) Handpicked selection of the author's finest
photographs featuring from Green Bay & Western, Soo Line, Chicago &
North Western, Burlington Northern, Milwaukee Road, Wisconsin Central and
others. 122 B&W photos, 10¼x 8½.
Nielson, Marvin. Trains of the Upper Midwest Photo Archive:
Steam and Diesel in the 1950's and 1960's, March 2001, Iconografix
Incorporated, ISBN: 1583880364
(128 pages softcover) Besides the Green Bay Route, the book covers the
Chicago and North Western, Omaha Road, Milwaukee Road, Great Northern, Northern
Pacific, Duluth Missabe and Iron Range, Soo Line, Chicago Great Western, Rock
Island, Illinois Central and Burlington Route. The book is laid out horizontal
with one large photo per page.
Olmsted, Robert P.. Remembering Midwestern Alcos: 1962-1982 (CNW,
GB&W, GM&O, Missabe & Monon), 2000, Wayner
Publications, New York, N.Y.
(80 pages hardcover) This is Bob's 30th book of a series on North
American railroading. There's plenty of Alco smoke on the GB&W, as well as
the C&NW, GM&O, DM&IR and Monon. 80 pages, b&w photos.
Olson, Judy. The Waupaca-Green Bay Railway, 1966,
Wisconsin State University Foundation, Stevens Point, Wis.
Plant, Jeremy. Classic Locomotives, Vol. 4: RS3, July
1998, ISBN: 978-1882608201
(156 pages hardcover) Over 225 mostly action photos of RS3s dressed in
almost every paint scheme from every railroad that ever operated this type of
locomotive. Jeremy describes in detail the individual nuances of each railroads
RS3s as well as reporting stories from the men who built, operated and repaired
Porter, Russ. America's Rail Pictorial, 1998,
MBI Publishing, St.
Paul, Minn., ISBN: 911581421
(152 pages ) Along with GB&W, includes color photos of AT&SF,
B&O, CB&Q, C&EI, C&O, CSL, CGW, CN, CP, C&WI, DM&IR,
D&N, DW&P, EJ&E, EL, GM&O, GN, GTW, IC, LS&I, MRofSL,
MN&S, Monon, NKP, NYC, NP, PRR, RI, Soo Line, TP&W, UP, Wabash and a
couple of others.
Rosholt, Malcolm. Trains of Wisconsin, 1985,
(176 pages ) The GB&W and KGB&W are covered to some extent, as
are all Wisconsin railroads. The majority of the information is on the steam
era; in fact the only Green Bay Route diesel pictured is #101.
Rutherford, R. Craig. Alco's FA: Running In The Shadow, 2005,
Four Ways West Publications,
La Mirada, Calif., ISBN: 1885614675
(160 pages hardcover) Features the story of the Alco-GE and MLW FA series
locomotives. The FAs of 33 railroads including the GBW/KGB are shown, and
included are development information and rosters. Mostly color photos, but some
Sasse, Scott. Chicago & North Western Railroad History at New
London, Wisconsin, 2004, New London Historical
Society, New London, Wis.
(144 pages softcover) Includes GB&W activities at New London
Junction, floor plans of the 1882 New London Junction depot and the 1876 and
1923 CNW depots. 96 black & white photos, 12 timetables, railroad
advertising and newspaper accounts. Copies available for $17 at C&NW Depot,
900 Montgomery Street in New London or for $19 by mail postpaid at: C&NW
Book, P.O. Box 334, Evansville, WI 53536. Please make checks or money orders
payable to 'C&NW Book.'
Schafer, Mike. Vintage Diesel Locomotives, April
1998, MBI Publishing,
St. Paul, Minn., ISBN: 760305072
Showcases diesel-electric locomotives from the mid-1930s to the late
1960's from GM, GE, and Alco. Page 60: Photo of GBW 313 and 315 switching
Luxemburg in 1970. (both units are in red/gray and the photo is from a very nice
SW angle in spring/summer); Page 87: Photo of AW 600 in 1971. (this photo is a
nice shot of a crew member in front of the 600 in orange/white in Algoma;
mislabeled Casco Junction).
Sprecht, Ray. A Functional Analysis of the Green Bay & Western
Railroad, 1959, Wisconsin State University
Foundation, Stevens Point, Wis.
(29 pages softcover) Reviews the organization and operation of the
GB&W, with a heavy focus on its freight commodities and traffic patterns, to
include the historical evolution of the traffic. The 11-page text is
supplemented with some 18 full-page charts, graphs, maps and other
illustrations. Some of the illustrations focus on major topics, such as the
GB&W's zone of influence for print paper, while others focus on minor topics
such as the delivery of potatoes and paper to the GB&W by the C&NW at
New London, Wisconsin. Other illustrations include comparative traffic
summaries, time schedules for movements, even cheese delivered to other
Sprecht, Ray and Ellen Sprecht. Railway & Locomotive Historical
Society Bulletin #115: The Story of the Green Bay and Western, October
1966, Railway and
Locomotive Historical Society, Boston, Mass.
(hardcover/softcover) An interesting synopsis of the Green Bay &
Western and affiliated routes with particular emphasis on the early years of
operations and financial transactions of the various lines. This book is hard to
find; I got my softcover copy for $25 from BookMine,
and a hardcover copy recently sold on eBay
for about $70.
Sullivan, Todd. The Best of Mainline Modeler's Freight Cars Volume 2
Article titled: The Greenville 60' Boxcar.
Warrick, Robert I.. The Ann Arbor Railroad In Color: History and
Operations 1869 to 1976, 2008, Morning
Sun Books, Kutztown, Penn., ISBN: 978-1582482354
(128 pages ) Contents: Introduction, pp. 1-7; Ch. 1: Building the Ann
Arbor Railroad, pp. 7-24; Ch. 2: The First DT&I Era, pp. 25-28; Ch. 3: The
Ann Arbor Railroad Company, pp. 29-36; Ch. 4: The Wabash Era, pp. 37-70; The
Second DT&I Era, pp. 71-108; Afterword's, pp. 109-128 (Conrail, Cross Lake
Operations, The Ann Arbor today).
Wicklander, Carole. How Goods Are Moved, Rand
McNally Canada, Markham, Ontario, ISBN: 019050010P
(16 pages hardcover) This oversized children's book (14 3/8" x 19
1/2") really doesn't have any GBW content in it, but it does have a great
photo of a GBW winter train scene on the dust jacket!