Get Solutionary Rail into your local libraries

global-library-hi.pngSolutionary Rail presents such a compelling idea, don’t you think it should be in libraries throughout the country?  Can you imagine the beauty of that?  We can, and here’s how to do it!

Using your library card, login to your library’s website.  Find the spot to “request a book purchase” and enter all the information asked for.

Title: Solutionary Rail: a people-powered campaign to electrify America's railroads and open corridors to a clean energy future

Author: Bill Moyer, Patrick Mazza, and the Solutionary Rail Team

ISBN# 978-0-9980963-0-8

Published by: Backbone Campaign, PO Box 278, Vashon WA 98070

Publication date: November 2016

Thanks to here's an easy way to look up public libraries in the US. Click on your state to find contact information for all the public libraries in your state. 
Check out the list for Washington State HERE.

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In case it helps, here's an example letter requesting libraries include Solutionary Rail book in their catalog:

November 23, 2016

To:  King County Libraries

Re:  Book Purchases

An exciting new book has been published by Vashon’s own Backbone Campaign.  Solutionary Rail: A people-powered campaign to electrify America’s railroads and open corridors to a clean energy future.  Solutionary Rail combines two important climate change issues; transportation pollution and building more renewable energy.

Briefly, the book proposes running Unites States railroads on renewable energy generated along the routes.  Rural energy generation would then have two ready markets:  the trains themselves and associated transmission lines to urban centers.  We believe this is an idea that will generate a lot of interest.  It should be available to library patrons!

Some endorsements:

“Rail electrification, as proposed in this remarkable book, is that rarest of things:  a genuinely new idea, and one that makes immediate gut sense.”  
~ Bill McKibben, climate activist, author and co-founder of

“Well reasoned and comprehensively documented -- this book will jumpstart an energy transformation in the United States that has already been demonstrated as a success in other countries.”
~ Ralph Nader, consumer protection, environmental and democracy advocate

There is more information at with links to purchase the book on Indiebound, Amazon or other retailers.

Thank you,

Lotus, for the SR team

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  • Jennifer Dorn
    commented 2019-02-06 13:04:44 -0800
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  • David Willow
    commented 2019-01-17 12:35:51 -0800
    I really appreciate that book you mentioned! I think running Unites States railroads on renewable energy generated along the routes. Offers energy, revelation, and success! Would recommend!
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    commented 2019-01-12 15:41:57 -0800
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    commented 2019-01-12 15:38:00 -0800
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  • Andy Tizon
    commented 2018-12-20 14:30:49 -0800
    I think this is a great idea since not every state is fully covered with public transportation and rails like New York is. We definitely need this.
  • Anthony Perry
    commented 2018-08-17 18:21:29 -0700
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  • Anthony Perry
    commented 2018-08-17 18:07:49 -0700
    Thanks for informing me how to get the Solutionary Rail book at my library. I will try that and see how that works.
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  • Ashley Gleer
    commented 2018-07-16 11:15:56 -0700
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  • Payte P
    commented 2018-06-06 14:15:27 -0700
    Looks like a great concept since the USA is severely lagging other countries when it comes to public transportation!
  • Lindsay Thomas
    commented 2018-03-17 08:35:18 -0700
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  • Andrew Schultz
    commented 2018-03-17 08:03:44 -0700
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    commented 2018-02-19 16:14:29 -0800
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  • Martin McCarthy
    commented 2017-09-25 12:41:34 -0700
    Absolutely agree! The U.S. is the perfect spot to have a great railroad transportation system. WE have to get everyone on board. Why can’t we be more like Europe when it comes to public transportation.

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  • Dexter Lambert
    commented 2017-06-10 16:21:30 -0700
    I successfully received my borrowed copy of Solutinary Rail from the Hillsborough County ( Florida ) public library system yesterday.
  • Bill Moyer
    commented 2017-05-04 18:22:07 -0700
    Valerie Waley got the book into a library in Spokane. Thanks Val!
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    followed this page 2017-03-17 21:43:08 -0700
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