"Accuracy for Your Enjoyment"

What is Railway Prototype Cyclopedia?

Railway Prototype Cyclopedia, or 'RP CYC' for short, is a continuing series of soft cover, perfect-bound books that provides invaluable information in a single source with a focus on railroad equipment built or in use during the 1920s through 1950s. This was the "Golden Age" of railroads when steam locomotives and first generation diesels ruled.

Volumes 1-5 are each 96 pages in length, Volumes 6-10 and 13-15 are each 105 pages, Volumes 11, 12, and 16-30 are 113 pages, the combined Volumes 31-32 has 265 pages, and Volumes 33 & 34 each have 193 pages. In many cases the back inside cover is used as an additional page for tables. Each volume uses 80-weight enameled paper and a perfect-bound textured "leatherette" cover. Included are articles on freight and passenger cars, locomotives, and structures. Some articles include information about selected scale models that relate to the subject.

One of our most important priorities, RP CYC provides high quality, large format photographs of the prototype equipment and scale models. Every photograph selected for publication is large enough for you to see as much detail as possible. Photographs include those taken by the builders as well as in-service mainly during the 1920s through 1950s and occasionally the 1960s. The articles are also supported with technical data including applicable plans, diagrams, and comprehensive roster information.

Our Goal:

We want you to use RP CYC as a primary source of information and photographs for accurate scale modeling or historical purposes and to keep each volume on your bookshelf for handy reference.

RP CYC Volumes 1, 10 through 16, 19, 31-32, 33, and 34 are available for immediate shipment.

Volumes 2 through 9, 17, 18, and 20 through 30 are out of print and will not be reprinted either in hard copy or in digital form.

Click the link Cumulative RP CYC Article Index to download a 18-page file in pdf format that provides a searchable listing to help locate articles by subject published in Volumes 1 through 34 of Railway Prototype Cyclopedia.

Please CLICK BELOW for information on each volume, price, direct ordering information, and list of hobby shops and book dealers that stock RP CYC.

Volume 1 Volume 2 (sold out) Volume 3 (sold out) Volume 4 (sold out) Volume 5 (sold out)

Volume 6 (sold out) Volume 7 (sold out) Volume 8 (sold out) Volume 9 (sold out) Volume 10

Volume 11 Volume 12 Volume 13 Volume 14 Volume 15

Volume 16 Volume 17 (sold out) Volume 18 (sold out) Volume 19 Volume 20 (sold out)

Volume 21 (sold out) Volume 22 (sold out) Volume 23 (sold out) Volume 24 (sold out) Volume 25 (sold out)

Volume 26 (sold out) Volume 27 (sold out) Volume 28 (sold out) Volume 29 (sold out) Volume 30 (sold out)

Volumes 31-32 Volume 33 Volume 34

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RP CYC Publishing Co.
P.O. Box 451
Chesterfield, MO 63006-0451

Contact us: rpcyc@sbcglobal.net