Tales of the Rails is an Archives book by E. M. (Gene) Lewis. It gives an overview of the history of rail use in the United States, and then details rail use on the C&NW. Types of rail, and the abbrevations used on the rail itself, are included. It also has information on rail failure.
While this book tends to focus on the C&NW, it should appeal to a wider audience who may not find such material elsewhere.