The Illustrated History of the
Steam Locomotive

About fifty years ago the Author discovered a complete run of Engineering Magazine. It was published in London beginning in 1866.  In our various historical works over the years we have made frequent reference to these...

The Circular Sawmill 2nd edition

The Circular Sawmill  first published in 1989 provides historical background of the sawmill.  Research materials included in the book come from collections of sawmill catalogs which contributed illustrations illustrations and specifications  of circular sawmills from the early...

What's new with C.H. Wendel

Chuck is working toward publishing again some of his more popular titles that are no longer available.  The list includes American Gas Engines Since 1872 and the Nebraska Tractor Tests...


C.H. Wendel

C.H. Wendel  has been enamored of gas engines, tractors and steam engines since childhood when his grandfather gave him with a book of how to run a steam engine.  Later when he got his copy of the 1908 edition of Hiscox’ Gas, Gasoline & Oil Engines he was hooked.  His American Gas Engines Since 1872  is still in demand and can never be duplicated as most of the research he used to write the book is no longer available.

Chuck’s new book An Illustrated History of Steam Locomotives, is years in the making.  His rescue of a complete set of Engineering  (London) provides his fans with some of the most striking engravings of locomotives seen in the past century.  Until 1900 almost all of the illustrations in the book were cut from wood engravings.  The large format of the book  permits views of the locomotives that would be unobtainable by any other means. Early steam trains usually has only a few cars that included flat cars, freight cars and often times a mail car.

American Industrial Machinery Since 1870  includes a section on machine tools; everything from lathes and drills to gigantic planers and grinders. Another section is devoted to printing presses and printing machinery of all kinds from small hand presses and treadle presses to immense newspaper presses. The section also includes a detailed study of the linotype, intertype and the linograph.

C.H. Wendel and Prairie Press publish illustrated and historical books about steam locomotives. Purchase books about steam locomotives, historic locomotives, the history of sawmills and sawmill operations from C.H. Wendel. C.H. Wendel writes books that are illustrated and historical about steam engines, trains, locomotives and sawmills. C.H. Wendel’s books have illustrations of locomotives, steam engine, train cars, and sawmills.