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18 April 2020 - NEW ARRIVALS!!
We mail on Thursdays - so we process & wrap books on Wednesdays.
NOW AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME! GRENADIER PUBLICATIONS ANNOUNCES THE RELEASE OF -
THE MINNESOTA RAILROAD VALUATION MAPS
This item includes a set of over 4,000 Valuation Maps of Minnesota's Railroads, all on a convenient thumb-drive. Most important is the 100 page index for these maps. This index allows the maps to be accessed in a simple & timely manner. The maps are of two different types: Right of Way & Station Plats. The Right of Way maps show the layout of various lines from "Point A to Point B". The Station Plats are detailed maps of the various towns throughout Minnesota located on each railroad. While the detail of the maps, which generally date from the 1920s period, varies, they are the best representation of Minnesota's various rail lines. I have been using these maps for research purposes for decades & find them invaluable, as I am sure any student of Minnesota Railroad History will also. They are topics for in-depth study & are sure to answer countless questions for anyone who invests in them.
The Minnesota Railroad Valuation Maps (GP-1017) - will only be available only from Grenadier Publications. RETAIL - $35 plus $4.00 Shipping (Shipping rate will be adjusted at check out) & Minnesota Sales Tax where applicable. Go to the listing "Categories" on the right hand side of the website's homepage & click on Grenadier Publications to order the maps. As of today, we have 4 map books left - we do plan on another printing in the future.
In addition, I purchased 2,000 out of print railroad books last Fall 2019. This collection includes a wealth of subject matters from across the country & they are all (almost) in very good shape. The previous owner took special care of his books, with some books still sealed! I have been in the book business for almost 4 decades & there are quite a number of books in this collection that I have never seen before! They are priced to sell! (If you are interested in 4 or more titles, contact me & we will see if we can work out a "bundle-price" for the books).
The New Books (Estate Sale) are listed in the "Category Section", on the right side of my Home Page, under "ES".
When you contact me to reserve a book, please include the complete book identification number - for example, ES-1000 - & its title. The numerical listing of the books changes as books are sold.
HEALTH UPDATE - 18 April 2020 - John is following both his cardiologist & doctor's advice to "Stay at Home". He had Influenza A in early February, it came on very quickly. He had the misfortune of being around someone who was never taught to cover their mouth when they sneezed or coughed - 6 days later he had a fever of almost 101. After having a 100+ degree fever for 2 more days, he was diagnosed with Influenza A. It came on so quickly, that John had decided before seeing his doctors, that staying home made sense.
We are both considered "Vulnerable" or as John would put in, "Behind the Eight Ball" with the Coronavirus or COVID-19. We both are over 64, have diabetes & other immune system health issues (including Lymphoma - John has been cancer free since 11 July 2018), along with heart problems (John's are a lot worse than mine). So both docs felt John should stay away from large crowds so - NO RR SHOWS - for the foreseeable future. Luckily, John had already figured that out & has been staying home (as have I) since early February.
John has been busy finishing the M&STL book, he's at the hard part now. He has been researching new books and doing a lot of writing.
"Staying Put", also means that John has decided not to take any appointments at the house for the foreseeable future. He will do "drive-by book pick-ups" if you want to save on postage.
We will keep you posted! Remember to Wash Your Hands!
Contacts for John - Email - [email protected] & Phone - 651-489-4264
SHIPPING (We usually ship on Thursdays).
-Minnesota Railroad Valuation Maps - $4.00.
-Railroad Books - $6.00 for the 1st book & $1.00 for each additional book purchased.
Our website is set up for a default shipping rate of $6.00 for all items sold. Where necessary, we will manually adjust orders before processing them to reflect the rates stated above.
Your credit card is NOT immediately processed when you place your Order. When we have your Order ready, we then manually process your Order.
MINNESOTA SALE TAX - Minnesota residents must pay Minnesota Sales Tax where applicable. (Check out the Minnesota Department of Revenue for rates, per your zip code).
PAYMENTS BY CHECK - Make checks payable to - Grenadier Publications, 1108 Farrington Street, St. Paul, MN 55117.
(We recommend you place your Order through the website, with payment by personal check. We will hold the book for 7 days or until we receive your check. If you send in a check without reserving the book/s first, we can not guarantee you that the book/s you want will still be in stock when your check arrives).
Please allow us time to find your Order. They are all boxed up & there are a lot of boxes to go through. The Minnesota Railroad Valuation Maps , are easy to access, so we should be able to get them out relatively quickly.
We specialize in Railroad Books with a few Military History Books thrown in for good measure.
I will continue to sell New, Out of Print & Self-Published Books; and YES, I continue to buy RR books.
Most of the New Books on this website are Always Discounted at 20% Off the Retail Price (excluding books published by Grenadier Publications & books where I don't receive a discount.)
Grenadier Publications - My Books, are not discounted, but I do have a SALE from time to time. I have several projects I am working on & my co-author, Paul Spyhalski & I are still working on the Minneapolis & St. Louis, tentatively due out in November 2020.
Keep Checking the Website for the M&STL Pre-Publication Offer Sign-up this year (2020)!
Your patronage is greatly appreciated!
John C. Luecke
Book & Dust Jacket Conditions - See Store Policies for Codes.
Appointments - Cancelled for the foreseeable future. As stated above, John will NOT be taking any appointments "in the house", but he will do "drive-by pick-ups" if you wish to save on postage.
Afternoons & Early Evenings are Best - Please Call First.
John C. Luecke
Email - [email protected]
Phone - 651-489-4264 or 651-646-2094
NOTE: If you are sending in a check, please make the check out to -
1108 Farrington Street
St. Paul, Minnesota 55117
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Remember – Almost all New Books are 20% Off!
My publishing company, Grenadier Publications, accepts Dealer Inquires! You can email me at [email protected] for more information.
Thank You for your
Business John C. Luecke
Railroad Shows I Plan on Attending, 2020 (Health & Weather Permitting)
Railroad Shows this Spring all seem to be cancelled as of this time.
TrainFest is still a go - we will let you know if they decide to proceed with the show or cancel it. It usually falls on Veterans Day weekend in mid-November 2019.
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!
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 covers 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!
Available Now and Going Fast!
John C. Luecke
The Minneapolis, Northfield & Southern: (* plus $6.00 shipping and Minnesota Sales tax were applicable)
From Dan Patch to Dragons
by John C. Luecke & 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.
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John C. Luecke
More Chicago & North Western in Minnesota
John C. Luecke
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.
* -Plus $6.00 shipping and handling and Minnesota State Sales Tax where applicable
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THE ROCK ISLAND IN MINNESOTA
John C. Luecke