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We have access to a collection of more than 4000 Minnesota Railroad Maps, we can supply a copy of  a map for just about any section of Railroad in Minnesota, just ask.


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We specialize in Railroads, 

with a little Military History thrown in for good measure!

Now Available!
  Grenadier Publications is Proud to
Announce the Release of


The Soo Line in Minnesota 

by John C. Luecke and Paul R. Spyhalski 

PRICE - $65.00*

This in-depth study of the Soo Line in Minnesota will cover the history and development of this late-comer to the State's railroad scene.
Linking the Twin Cities rail hub to some of the most remote hinterlands in northern Minnesota, 
the story of the Soo Line is one of constant battle, perseverance and innovation against the might of much stronger opponents.

The book contain 320 pages with approximately 300 photographs (sixteen pages of Color views),
55+ maps and drawings and a wealth of information covering every aspect of the Soo Line in Minnesota. 
Hard cover with Dust Jacket. 

* - The following shipping rates apply - $6.00 for the first book and $1.00 for each additional book.
Minnesota Sales Tax is applicable per your Minnesota zip cod
Order will be received via this website, phone or through the mail.

Many Thanks!
John C. Luecke

 All pre-publication copies of The Soo Line in Minnesota have been mailed

and you should be receiving your book(s) shortly.

Many thanks for your patience and the kind words 
concerning the loss of my Mother.

  John C. Luecke   
Grenadier Publications

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The Inventory has been updated (8-1-14).

Check out the new additions.


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Remember – Almost all New Books are 20% Off!


Grenadier Publications accepts Dealer Inquires!

Thank You for your Business – John C. Luecke


Railroad Shows I Plan on Attending

- Century College, White Bear Lake RR Show, 6 February 2016, 9am to 2pm

- Madison RR Show, MAD CITY, 20-21 February 2016, 9am-5pm, both days

Available Now and Going Fast!


The Minneapolis, Northfield & Southern: 
From Dan Patch to Dragons
by John C. Luecke and Paul R. Spyhalski

For the first time, the full history of this interesting interurban-turned belt line will be available to students of Minnesota Railroad history.
The book will cover every aspect of this never-say-die short-line from the earliest plans of the "Dan Patch" to
the final takeover of the MN&S by the Soo Line and beyond.
The book will include: 208 pages, with approximately 250 Photos including 16 pages of Color, 40+ Maps & Diagrams,
and more information than anyone, including the authors, ever thought was possible.
Hard Cover with Dust Jacket.

(* plus shipping and Minnesota Sales tax)

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Many Thanks!

John C. Luecke


More Chicago & North Western in Minnesota

John C. Luecke



An update to this author’s previous work on the C&NW in Minnesota, More Chicago & North Western in Minnesota is a fresh look at the history of this fine line in the Gopher State. Where the first book left off, this book continues, adding a wealth of information and photographs to the proud story of the C&NW in Minnesota. This book has more information than anyone ever thought was possible!
320 pages, hardcover with dust jacket
More than 300 photographs, including 32 pages of color views.
More than 40 map-diagrams of routes, yards and terminals all across the State.

More CNW in Minnesota Errata (opps!) updated 3/2015
* - Add $6.00 shipping and handling and Minnesota State Sales Tax where applicable

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John C. Luecke

An in-depth history of the Rock Island in Minnesota, the author’s 9th  book on Minnesota railroads covers the construction and operations of the road’s various lines from 1900 to the present.
The Rock Island was the last mainline built in southern Minnesota but until this time little has been written about this important through route.

Also included is a study of the Rock Island’s extension through the southwestern part of the State that was slated to be a new connection to the Northern Pacific railroad at Bismarck, North Dakota.
The reader is guaranteed a wealth of new information concerning the history of this "mighty fine line."

Hard Cover with Dust Jacket
Revised Page Count - 192 pages

More than 225 photographs (90% of which have never been published previously) from a wealth of photographers, ranging from the construction period to steam operations,
from mainline to branchline and from freight to passenger. The book includes 16 pages of color photographs.

More than a dozen maps highlighting essential aspects of the Rock Island’s Minnesota system.


Orders may be placed via our website, by phone or through the mail.

Shipping - $6.00 for the first book and $1.00 for each additional book

Minnesota State Sales Tax required where applicable.

Reserve your copy of this fine book today!

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   Grenadier Publications is proud to announce the re-release of

Feeding the Frontier Army: 1775-1865

by Barbara K. Luecke

Feeding the Frontier Army is both a history of Army rations and a guide to preparing meals in “Army Fashion”, with recipes that can be made over an open fire for the period between the American Revolution and the Civil War. An authoritative study, this book has been referenced by numerous other authors of military history.

A one-of-a-kind manual for military cooking in an accurate manner, this book is a must for anyone doing “period cooking and baking” at Army posts, military re-enactments or fur trade rendezvous.

This is the 3rd edition of the book, with an updated introduction, a colorized cover and perfect binding.

Retail - $20.00 plus $5 shipping and handling.
(Minnesota residents – please remember to add Minnesota Sales Tax.
See the End of the Home Page for further information).

Dealers may inquire at – or call us at 651-646-2094

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by John C. Luecke

This book is the 8th volume written by John C. Luecke on the railroads of Minnesota.
Focusing on the Milwaukee Road system in Minnesota, this work will include over 430 photographs,
including 16 pages of color and more than thirty-five maps on 272 pages.
Most of these photographs have never been published before thereby furnishing a fresh visual study of the line in Minnesota.
In-depth written studies of the River Division, Minneapolis, Mendota and the Narrow Gauge branchlines will fill out the book.

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by Lorenz P. Schrenk and Robert L. Frey


The fourth book in an in-depth study of the history of the Northern Pacific and its motive power,
this work focuses on the company’s early steam locomotive fleet from 1868 to 1880.
The book also includes full rosters of motive power.
Illustrated with over 180 photographs, four color prints and five pages of locomotive diagrams,
this volume is a comprehensive study of the early years of the railroad and its steam operations.
Hardcover with dust jacket, 272 pages.


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More CGW in Minnesota

More Chicago Great Western in Minnesota
John C. Luecke

This 208 page pictorial covers the history of the Chicago Great Western during its later years in Minnesota.
An in-depth study of this beloved Granger road, this book includes information and
a wealth of photographs covering the road’s mainline, branchlines, depots, terminals, iron mining operations and day to day struggle to survive.

The book also features a collection of never before published construction photographs of the Winona & Southwestern and the Winona Bridge Company.
If you are a CGW fan, a student of railroading in Minnesota or one who naturally roots for the underdog, this book is a must!

208 pages, with 400+ B&W photographs and 15 maps. Hardcover with Dust Jacket.
Price - $52.00

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by John C. Luecke

 An in depth study of the Northern Pacific Railroad in Minnesota from its first days along the Mississippi River in St. Paul to the final Burlington Northern merger.
460 pages, 300+ photographs, pullout map section

Recommended Reading
TRAINS Magazine December 2005

Price for Non-Minnesota Residents $79.95 plus $6.00 shipping and handling.
Price for Minnesota Residents: $79.95 plus sales tax  plus $6.00 shipping

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Inventory Reduction Sale!”


Due to an overstock of books and the continuing deterioration of John’s health, we are drastically reducing our inventory of books. About 90% of my Out of Print Books listed on the website will be discounted 50% or more!
This is a great opportunity to expand your railroad library at bargain basement prices! We have only single copies of many of the books, so order early for the best selection.
To search for the discounted books, just click on -  “Half Price Book Sale”.
We recommend that you give us a call or drop us an email to reserve the books you want before sending in checks. We will hold your order for seven days.
Most of our New and Still in Print books are, as always 20% off the Retail Price.

Many Thanks!
John C. Luecke

The Winona & Southwestern Archives

The Chicago Great Western's Winona Branch

By John C. Luecke

The Winona & Southwestern began in 1888 as part of a new through route between Lake Michigan and Omaha. Over the new three years the tiny railroad was extended from Winona, 113 miles southwest to Osage, Iowa. There the grand scheme of opening a new through route to Omaha came to an end, never to be revived. A mainline that never was, the Winona & Southwestern lived out its existence as a branchline, catering to the small towns along its route, amid the rolling prairies of southern Minnesota.

Known for its rugged climb out of Winona with a wealth of huge trestles, steep grades and sharp curves, the Winona & Southwestern was a study in southern Minnesota style "mountain railroading." The only "main line" in Minnesota ever built with a switchback on its route, the W&SW was an unbelievable story of the trials and tribulations, hopes and dreams of a "home town" railroad fighting against nature and competing lines for its survival.

Just after the turn of the century the line came under the control of the Chicago Great Western and regular service was maintained over the entire route until the first years of the Great Depression. The last remnants of the W&SW endured into the 1970s, finally falling victim to the branch line abandonment era.
Now for the first time the complete "day by day" history of this unique railroad is available. This TEXT ONLY CD represents hundreds of hours of research and is without a doubt the most comprehensive history of Minnesota's most unique railroad. The 450+ page CD includes a vast array of period newspaper accounts of the construction, operation and eventual demise of this highly interesting railroad. The appendix includes information concerning depots, locomotives, interlockers, industries and abandonments. A series of maps, including detail illustrations of the Bear Creek switchback, round out this complete study of the line.   

An absolute must for any student of the Chicago Great Western or Minnesota Railroads! 
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Price for Non-Minnesota Residents $19.95 plus $4.00 shipping and handling.

Price for Minnesota Residents: $19.95 plus sales tax  plus $4.00 shipping

This site lists over 2100 titles – including New and Out of Print, rare and hard to find -titles.    

Almost every New Book I stock is 20% off the List Price. New Books will continually be added to the site, as they are published. If you don’t see a book on the list – email me – I may have it or I can probably get it.
I also write and publish my own Railroad books and CD-Roms.

I publish under the name Grenadier Publications. These items are also included on the site.

You will also find miscellaneous items related to Railroads and some Military items.

Thank you for your business!

John C. Luecke 

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