• New Books on Pullman Dining, PRR Dining, and Rahway Valley

  • Discussion related to railroads/trains that show up in TV shows, commercials, movies, literature (books, poems and more), songs, the Internet, and more... Also includes discussion of well-known figures in the railroad industry or the rail enthusiast hobby.
Discussion related to railroads/trains that show up in TV shows, commercials, movies, literature (books, poems and more), songs, the Internet, and more... Also includes discussion of well-known figures in the railroad industry or the rail enthusiast hobby.

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  by therudycometh
I'm happy to announce that several of The Garbely Publishing Company's book projects are coming together this summer for a great set of releases. We're taking preorders on all of the below titles at http://store.garbelypublishing.com/current/. Thanks for looking!



Dining à la Pullman: The History of Pullman Dining Service, 1866-1968
by Terence Mulligan, Peter Tilp, and Karl Zimmermann
To be released August 2, 2019
172 pages | 11"x8.5" softcover
ISBN: 978-1-7331566-2-2
$60.00 MSRP
CLICK HERE TO PREORDER: http://store.garbelypublishing.com/pullman/

Following up on his successful sleeping “hotel” cars of the 1860s, George Pullman invented the first railroad dining car, starting a century-long tradition of the Pullman Company providing its passengers with restaurant-quality meals on rails.

This is the first telling of the story of Pullman’s dining service, with colorful menus, tasteful china and silver, popular recipes, and extensive interviews with retired Pullman chefs and waiters who served opera singers, actors, businessmen, and even the President of the United States. Authors Mulligan, Tilp, and Zimmermann explore the history, equipment, food, and people that made this unique era of travel possible.

Tilp also covers the story of his company’s 1968 purchase of the Pullman restaurant-sleeper Lotos Club and the subsequent restoration and operation of what remains the most authentically restored Pullman car in the United States. Recipes for numerous classic Pullman meals and a selection of complete, historic Pullman menus round out this definitive volume on Pullman’s culinary legacy.



Pennsylvania Railroad Dining Car Department Cooking and Service Instructions (Third Edition)
by the Pennsylvania Railroad Dining Car Department
To be released July 12, 2019
200 pages | 6"x9" spiral-bound softcover
ISBN: 978-1-7331566-1-5
$25.00 MSRP
CLICK HERE TO PREORDER: http://store.garbelypublishing.com/prrcookbook/

The Pennsylvania Railroad's dining cars were renowned for their service and food quality. The PRR's well-trained chefs and waiters provided some of the world's finest cuisine while rolling along the eastern seaboard's steel highways. The procedures and, more importantly, the recipes used to provide that service were compiled into a single volume for the staff's reference and guidance on board the train.

This exact reprint of the PRR's Cooking and Service Instructions from April 1947 is a collaborative effort between the Friends of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania and The Garbely Publishing Company. From uniquely exotic 1940s recipes (like a chicken shortcake) to the exacting specifications for the PRR's famous club sandwich or renowned salad bowl, this book contains hundreds of recipes that were originally prepared aboard a PRR dining car, including sauces, salads, sandwiches, entrees, sides, and desserts.

Simplicity was key aboard a rolling kitchen with limited space and ingredients, and the PRR's signature dishes were designed to provide the flavor of a five-star restaurant with limited expense, time, and effort - all traits that translate well to home cooking! With many of the recipes written for cooking in bulk for a train full of passengers, this book also makes the perfect companion to any event from an upscale dinner party to a backyard barbecue. This historic book is a must-have for both the avid culinary historian and the casual railroad enthusiast.



Just a Short Line - The Story of the Rahway Valley Railroad - Volume I: History of the Line, 1897-1950 (Revised & Expanded Second Edition)
by Richard J. King
To be released July 18, 2019
216 pages | 8.5"x11" softcover
ISBN: 978-1-7331566-0-8
$60.00 MSRP
CLICK HERE TO PREORDER: http://store.garbelypublishing.com/justashortline1/

This book, over double the length of the first edition, extensively covers the history of the Rahway Valley Railroad from 1897 to 1950. With hundreds of newly-discovered photographs and documents, this thoroughly-researched book traces the railroad from its inception as the New York & New Orange Railroad until the last full year of steam locomotive operations. Utilizing the collections of Steamtown National Historic Site, the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, the New Jersey State Archives, and several collectors and individuals, author Richard J. King has compiled the definitive work on this colorful little railroad. This book includes recollections of employees, rare photographs, and information from previously unpublished documents. It is the first in a series which will extensively chronicle the story of the Rahway Valley Railroad for the first time on record.