Looking for issues of "Rails" newspaper

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Looking for issues of "Rails" newspaper

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I'm looking for any issues of the railroad industry newspaper "Rails". It was published in Seattle at least from the mid-1950s to the mid-1980s; possibly longer. If you have any, or know of a person or place that does, please contact me. I have already been through the issues kept at the Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive (http://www.pnrarchive.org/) in Burien, Washington.

The reason is legendary Northern Pacific engineer and prolific author Max King published a lot of stories in this paper and I'm collecting as much of what he wrote as possible. I don't need to cut up original papers -- I can scan and print copies.

"Rails" was available to any railroad employee working in the Pacific Northwest. (I think it was sent to all union members in the PNW but I'm not 100% sure.)


P.S. The longer story is I have been curating a bunch of Max's writings that came to the Northern Pacific Railway Historical Association (http://www.nprha.org/) recently in a donation. I have well over 100 articles now in two acid-free scrapbooks, plus a photo album. It covers the Seattle Times, Tacoma News Tribune, Rails, Railroad, Snohomish County Tribune, and other sources. All of this is headed the PNRA so that others will have access to it.

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