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Great American Railroads Story
256 page book.

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Manufacturer: Kalmbach Publishing
Stock Number: KAL 1300
Great American Railroad Stories features articles initially published in Trains magazine over the past 75 years. Many of these popular stories have not been printed since their original appearance in the magazine. They lend rare historical insight into what it was like to ride passenger trains, work on the railroads, and grow up in an era of steam trains.

The book includes:
  • Historical photos.
  • The writings and reflections of founding Editor Al Kalmbach, David P. Morgan, Lucius Beebe, and other well-known contributors.
  • Stirring narratives from those who actually lived their lives on the rails.
Author: From Trains Softcover; 8 1/4 x 10 3/4; 256 pages; ISBN: 9781627001823

Contents: Foreword by Kevin P. Keefe Introduction by Jim Wrinn
  • The Traveling Salesman by Victor H. White, November 1941: Stories from 12 years of traveling the West by train
  • Forgotten Railroad by Linn H. Westcott, July 1942: The Colorado Springs & Cripple Creek was a typical mining railroad
  • The Jarrett & Palmer Special by Trains staff, December 1942: Ride along on the most famous train of the 19th century
  • Troop-Train Rider by William Forsythe, August 1943: Accompany the railroad representative on a troop train
  • The Caboose by H. Reid, April 1944: An old-timer's tales about early and memorable cabooses
  • Haunted Roundhouse by W. T. Coniff, June 1944: The Hudson River roundhouse holds memories of the past
  • The Locomotive Fireman by G. W. O'Connor, December 1945: There's more to firing a locomotive than just shoveling coal
  • The Last of the Woodburners by Lucius Beebe, November 1946: An excerpt from Mixed Train Daily, a look at short line railroads
  • Make Mine an Upper by Cornelius Vanderbilt IV, June 1948: A roving correspondent shares his thoughts on the upper berth
  • Extra 1555 West by Willard V. Anderson, May 1950: Two days on a Union Pacific freight running from Idaho to Oregon
  • Memo to the Publisher by David P. Morgan, October 1950: What's right with the airlines?
  • Travel Vignettes by A. C. Kalmbach, May 1951: Memories of a railroad passenger
  • Big One at Shed 27! by Howard Bull, November 1951: Being the fireman on a Sierra country fire train
  • Our Train Was Snowbound-and How We Enjoyed It!
  • By W. S. Dulmage as told to Victor H. White, March 1952: An old-timer recalls being stuck in the snow
  • The Press Previews the Congressional by Wallace W. Abbey, June 1952: An inside look as the press previews the Pennsy's Congressional
  • The Wild Ride of Death Valley Scotty by Wallace W. Abbey, February 1953: In 1905, the Coyote Special speeds from Los Angeles to Chicago in 46 hours
  • The Black Wall by Helen Thomson, March 1953: A wall of water, the railroad, and the Johnstown flood
  • I Came Out of This Alive! by Hunter M. Picken, as told to Phil Vander Horck, September 1956: Given up for dead, a locomotive engineer survives a head-on crash with an 83-car freight train
  • Confessions of a Train-Watcher by David P. Morgan. May 1957: The magazine's editor explains his interest in railroading
  • Second Trick at BE Tower by Richard J. Cook, October 1957: What it's like to work the toughest tower on the division, alone, after two weeks of training
  • I Rented a Railroad For $35 by Robert B. Adams, February 1959: The magazine's business manager rents a Maine train on a whim
  • This Is It! by David P. Morgan, April 1960: The most scenic site in railroading, according to David P. Morgan
  • 3:52 a.m. April 30, 1900 by Robert B. Shaw, May 1965: An unsentimental look at Casey Jones' last run
  • Salute to a Different Diesel by J. David Ingles, November 1966: Alco's PAs were big as a barn but beautiful
  • When It's Short Line Time Down South by Jim Boyd, April 1969: Traveling in the footsteps of Beebe but with a diesel difference
  • Facing on a Single Track ... Jupiter and 119 by John H. White Jr., May 1969: A look at the two locomotives that met at Promontory
  • Overland Diary-1869 by Cornelia E. Comstock, May 1969: A schoolteacher crosses the West by train five months after Promontory
  • God Made Snow for Farmers and Artists by John Norwood, October 1969: But only cold, tired, and hungry railroaders were around-trying to survive
  • The Objective Was to Clean Flues and Wash Boilers by Richard D. Johnson, March 1972: A college student works nights in a roundhouse during the last days of steam
  • What Happened When an Ex-Flyboy Went Railroading in the Blue Mountains by James E. Satterfield, September 1973: Before furthering his aviation career, a pilot becomes a locomotive fireman
  • The Best Ten-Wheeler in the Whole Wide World by W. F. Beckum Jr., June 1977: Georgia Railroad's No. 211 becomes a family's favorite locomotive
  • 9,900 Tons by Bill Smith, March 1978: Ride along with a diesel engineer on the Gulf, Mobile & Ohio
  • Yes, I Did Want to Run a Railroad by Ron Flanary, July 1978: A railfan tries his luck at working on a railroad
  • A Reputation for Reliability by W. A. Gardner, January 1979: EMD really had something with its E7 diesel
  • Boilerwash Extra by Lloyd Arkinstall, April 1979: A young fireman's first ride aboard a G5 Ten-Wheeler
  • What's the Problem up There, Union? by Paul D. Schneider, October 1981: Working the first trick in the tower at BN's Chicago funnel
  • Recollections of an Omaha Brasspounder by Ken C. Brovald, June 1982: The railroad telegrapher was a key communicator for many years
  • In the Violet Hour by Paul D. Schneider, March 1983: The end of the line for the Rock Island
  • The 10:30 by Don L. Hofsommer, October 1984: Meeting the nightly train was an important small-town ritual
  • The Best Train-Watching Seat by George H. Drury, January 1985: A junior high student learns more than English and arithmetic
  • Disaster du Jour, and Other Stories by E. W. King Jr., June 1986: A railroad man takes on the commuter operations for the Rock Island
  • The End by William Benning Stewart, August 1990: Reflections on the passing of the charismatic caboose
  • Last Chance by John R. Crosby, August 1993: A final dash in a big T1 hits 120 mph
  • The Walk of a Queen by Kevin P. Keefe, March 1995: Regal as ever, Norfolk & Western No. 611 runs its last public excursion
  • Twenty-Four Hours at Supai Summit by Fred W. Frailey, November 1996: Seeing how an intricate transcontinental freight system works
  • Goin' Like 60! by John P. Hankey. November 2000: Why traveling at 60 mph means something
  • We Brought the NYC to Its Knees by Joseph V. MacDonald, December 2000: How Notre Dame students beat a railroad at its own game
  • Thanks for Helping Me See the Light, Ted by Don Phillips, January 2003: A moving tribute to a friend and painter
  • Chicago: City of Railroads by Mark W. Hemphill and Curt Richards, July 2003: For railroads, Chicago became the most important place on earth
  • The Loops at Old Fort by Jim Wrinn, September 2006: Norfolk Southern's impressive Carolina crossing of the Blue Ridge
  • Where Christmas is Just Another Day by Joel Jensen, December 2009: It's business as usual on BNSF's Montana Division

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