I stumbled across this book last week in a used book store. The cover grabbed my attention with VIA's train at Morant's Curve. I flipped through it briefly and bought it within minutes.
As the author, Mike Chandler, says in the foreword, the book is "with minimal text". This is mostly a picture book. The pictures are excellent - lots of "behind the scenes" photos from the author's long career with CN.
I really like how the book is organized. It has the following sections:
- Off the Main
- Across the Flatlands
- At the Depot
- On the Shop Track
- Through the Mountains
- Against the Elements
- In the Yard
- Along the Line
The majority of the photos were taken in Canada, but there are a few American photos as well. The photography is excellent and varied - from panoramic shots like the cover to close-up "Greg McDonnell" style photos (and I say that as a compliment).
If I'm not mistaken, this Master Model Railroader is Mike Chandler.
I highly recommend this book. Westbound: A Portfolio of Western Railroading