Thanks, all, for your support to this humble newbie. Your links led me to a copy of the “Tweetsie Country” book by Mallory Hope Ferrell and i just purchased it. (Ain’t the internet great?)
My copy of the cute little 1950s book “Tweetsie: the Blue Ridge Stem-Winder” by Julian Scheer and Elizabeth Black just came in from ebay, complete with an inscription by the artist, Lee Kolbe. Not a terribly useful book (and kinda horrific, with its gruesome and needlessly gory account of the locomotive hitting and killing a pathetic mountain lion whose feet had become frozen to the rails!), i picked it up for a look at mid-50s attitudes toward nostalgia and the theme-parking of the old trains.
My copy of “Blue-Ridge Stem-Winder” by John R. Waite is in the mail and should be here soon.
I love reading the historical research collected and curated by railfans; it helps me appreciate my “toy train” ever so much more.
Alas, i went to the Tarheel Press site Bruce so kindly listed and all of these are listed as OOP:
Along the ETWNC Vol 1 Early Locos 29.95 OOP
Along the ETWNC Vol 2 Ten Wheelers 29.95 OOP
Along the ETWNC Vol 3 Depots 29.95 OOP
Along the ETWNC Vol 4 Freight Cars A 29.95 OOP
Along the ETWNC Vol 5 Freight Cars B 29.95 OOP
Along the ETWNC Vol 6 Passenger Cars 29.95 OOP