What's New In Publications


It is difficult to keep track of exact publication, release and remainder dates, so please treat this page as a general guide and information source.

Some publishers issue new books frequently, and their websites should be consulted first for the latest updates.

This page is designed primarily to draw your attention to random, often self-published, ventures. Those authors, I hope you will agree, should be given special support and encouragement.

Thank you.

Coming Soon


Canadian Trackside Guide
The 2021 edition of the Canadian Trackside Guide® is the Bytown Railway Society’s 38th edition – contains 760 updated and expanded 5½” x 8½” pages current to February 1, 2021.

Edited by Earl Roberts & David Stremes

Cover Photo: David McCormack

The only comprehensive guide to Canadian Railways

  • Locomotives of CN, CPR, VIA, plus Regionals and Industrials
  • Preserved equipment
  • Passenger cars
  • Urban rail transit
  • Cabooses
  • Non-revenue equipment
  • Radio frequencies
  • Passenger train schedules
  • Freight train numbers
  • Railway reporting marks
  • Detailed divisional maps and subdivision listings for all Canadian railways and their U.S. components, including station names, mileposts, detectors. siding lengths, locations of crossovers, wyes and more
  • Maps of major cities detailing rail lines


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Recently Published - Now Available

Steam Encounters in Ontario vol. 1 By Ian Wilson

 ...continues the series which starts with Steam Encounters at Montreal. This title will be released on April 1, 2021.

Presenting 35mm colour transparencies from the 1950s in print requires extensive digital restoration and enhancement. To that end, we staged an international contest whereby the most talented graphics designers in the world could submit their efforts with Guerin’s images. From dozens of submissions, we have entrusted Steam Encounters in Ontario vol. 1 to the BEST of those designers.

As with Steam Encounters at Montreal, the new softbound Steam Encounters in Ontario vol. 1 will unfold as an adventure. This one is staged over the years 1954 and 1955.

There is a mystique in an encounter—it evokes adventure, fleeting experiences, insights, revelations.

Steam Encounters in Ontario vol. 1 is replete with unplanned, unexpected and brief meetings with steam and diesel locomotives, passenger and freight trains, Canadian National and Canadian Pacific, in 1954 and 1955.

“OS Don” is the story of author John F. Mellow’s early years working for the Canadian Pacific Railway in southern Ontario, giving readers a 1960s front row seat as the Canadian railway industry transitioned from traditional Morse-code telegraphy and train-orders to the present age of computer-assisted operations.

Mellow’s career as a train-order operator began at Toronto’s Don station in 1963. Before recalling his own experiences there and elsewhere on the CPR, he presents the history of Don station and its role in the operations of steam and diesel era CPR and CNR trains through Toronto’s scenic Don Valley.

A hardcover book measuring 8-1/2” x 11”, it has 128 pages with more than 160 colour and black and white photographs, as well as maps, steam locomotive assignments and a glossary.

A publication of The Bytown Railway Society.

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