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West Coast Live Steam BOOK Project

Post by keyrouteken » Sun Jun 30, 2013 3:52 pm

Most of you know about the great book that the late Charles Purinton authored back in Massachusetts giving all of us personal insight into the beginnings of our great hobby on the East Coast, "Live Steam of Days Gone By" ...

Over the last several years, I have been called upon by many, to write something about the beginnings of our hobby on the West Coast. So, on March 1st of this year, I officially got started. It is a big undertaking! There is much to write about. I feel I am qualified to author this project as I have been an active participant in the West Coast live steam scene for the past 63+ years and knew a lot of the pioneers personally !

I have dozens and dozens of photos of Live Steam activities in my own archives of which to choose from for publication. However, in early June, Robbie Morris sent me another **Thirteen pounds** of photos from the Harry Dixon Collection. They are amazing to behold.

Regarding the main manuscript..... So far I have written SEVEN chapters of history. There will be MORE ! Much more! Chapter SIX contains BIOs of Live Steamers 'other' than my grandfather who Founded GGLS. There are currently NINE bios to date. If any of you or a family member have a photograph or BIO of any of the West Coast PIONEERS in our hobby, I encourage you to drop me a line and tell me what you have, for possible inclusion in this project! OK ??

I have ATTACHED a photo of the current Live Steam Book from the "East Coast". And a nostalgic photo I was involved with, in years past, on the West Coast.

yours in Live Steam,

Ken Shattock
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Re: West Coast Live Steam BOOK Project

Post by Harlock » Sun Jun 30, 2013 9:25 pm

Ken,

Real glad to hear it is moving along at a good clip. really looking forward to the finished project to sit beside the Purinton book on my shelf.
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Re: West Coast Live Steam BOOK Project

Post by Carrdo » Mon Nov 11, 2019 5:22 pm

Hello all,

Did this book ever get completed and if so who published it?

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Re: West Coast Live Steam BOOK Project

Post by Sandiapaul » Mon Nov 11, 2019 8:57 pm

Where can you get the Live Steam of Years Gone by book?

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Re: West Coast Live Steam BOOK Project

Post by Adirondack » Mon Nov 11, 2019 10:13 pm

keyrouteken wrote:
Sun Jun 30, 2013 3:52 pm
Most of you know about the great book that the late Charles Purinton authored back in Massachusetts giving all of us personal insight into the beginnings of our great hobby on the East Coast, "Live Steam of Days Gone By" ...

Over the last several years, I have been called upon by many, to write something about the beginnings of our hobby on the West Coast. So, on March 1st of this year, I officially got started. It is a big undertaking! There is much to write about. I feel I am qualified to author this project as I have been an active participant in the West Coast live steam scene for the past 63+ years and knew a lot of the pioneers personally !

I have dozens and dozens of photos of Live Steam activities in my own archives of which to choose from for publication. However, in early June, Robbie Morris sent me another **Thirteen pounds** of photos from the Harry Dixon Collection. They are amazing to behold.

Regarding the main manuscript..... So far I have written SEVEN chapters of history. There will be MORE ! Much more! Chapter SIX contains BIOs of Live Steamers 'other' than my grandfather who Founded GGLS. There are currently NINE bios to date. If any of you or a family member have a photograph or BIO of any of the West Coast PIONEERS in our hobby, I encourage you to drop me a line and tell me what you have, for possible inclusion in this project! OK ??

I have ATTACHED a photo of the current Live Steam Book from the "East Coast". And a nostalgic photo I was involved with, in years past, on the West Coast.

yours in Live Steam,

Ken Shattock
IBLS
Ken, I can wholeheartedly recommend www.magcloud.com for a print-on-demand option that handles everything including fulfillment for your upcoming publication. You set the price/markup based on their production costs and wait for the check each month. It certainly beats trying to chase down a publisher who will print 500 copies that languish (or not) long past your own personal expiration date.

Good luck!

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Re: West Coast Live Steam BOOK Project

Post by cp4449 » Mon Nov 11, 2019 11:51 pm

To my knowledge this book has not been published. Unfortunately Kent Shattock passed away a couple of years ago. I thought that someone was picking up the pieces to try to get it published.

We lost a lot of good history in the mind of Ken. He knew quite a lot concerning live steam
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Re: West Coast Live Steam BOOK Project

Post by Steambldr1 » Tue Nov 12, 2019 6:49 am

Paul and anyone else interested the book Live Steam of Years Gone By is available from Edinborough Press. The book is $19.95 and I paid $25.70 shipped. Also available on Amazon. On eBay the price was higher.

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Re: West Coast Live Steam BOOK Project

Post by wbarbe » Tue Nov 12, 2019 8:38 am

I have a copy of Charles Purinton's book and its really great.
I hope someone can get the West Coast book finished or at least offer up what what already written.

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Re: West Coast Live Steam BOOK Project

Post by Pontiacguy1 » Tue Nov 12, 2019 9:26 am

Ken sent me a 'very' rough copy of the outline of the book and some of the first chapter just to read through. That was about 10 years ago, now. As far as I know, he didn't get too much further than a rough copy of any of the chapters. The stuff he had was very interesting, though. A shame to say that this book will likely never get made now, unless someone with the heart for it manages to get all of Ken's notes, photos, etc...

What ever happened to the 1/2" scale Coventry Pacific that Ken had? His grandfather had built it back in the 1930's or some time around there, and he had it displayed in his home. He also had a 1" scale 6-2-0 Crampton or something like that which Vic had made in later years.

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Re: West Coast Live Steam BOOK Project

Post by Sandiapaul » Tue Nov 12, 2019 9:03 pm

Steambldr1,
Thanks I will order a copy!

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Re: West Coast Live Steam BOOK Project

Post by JohnK » Tue Nov 12, 2019 9:40 pm

The Charlie Purinton book is also available from Friends Models.

-John

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Re: West Coast Live Steam BOOK Project

Post by cp4449 » Wed Nov 13, 2019 12:19 am

Good question about the locomotives. I remember that K n said some of his father’s stuff had disappeared.
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