"The mighty railroad occupied the undisputed center of American public life. The railroad founded cities, populated states, created governments, destroyed the wilderness. It was the great speculator, the political tyrant, the recruiter of immigrants, the opener of new lands, the cynosure of poets and pioneers, the symbol of adventure, opportunity, ...
"The mighty railroad occupied the undisputed center of American public life. The railroad founded cities, populated states, created governments, destroyed the wilderness. It was the great speculator, the political tyrant, the recruiter of immigrants, the opener of new lands, the cynosure of poets and pioneers, the symbol of adventure, opportunity, escape, and power. . . . Yet, the railroad man, for all his historic importance, his archetypal stature, and his economic power, has achieved only a minor position in American literature."--from " Workin' on the Railroad" In Workin' on the Railroad, Richard Reinhardt presents firsthand accounts from engineers, brakemen, porters, conductors, section men, roundhouse workers, switchmen, telegraphers, surveyors, and other neglected pioneers who worked the railroad during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the Age of Steam.
Good Condition in Good jacket. 318 pages. Oversized book. Ex-library with typical marks, light shelf wear; yellowing to the pages; a good sound book. The jacket has some discoloring and creasing; wrapped; taped to the covers. "Surveyors, section men, telegraphers, conductors, engineers, brakemen, boomers, speculators, porters, firemen-all and more tell their stories in this book, for it is more than the story of the railroads. It is the story of the men who dreamed of them, built them, and operated them in an age when travel was still an adventure and the lyric melancholy of a locomotive's whistle spoke of the romance of the far off, of dreams made possible and real." SED14. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 2-3 Pounds. Category: Railways; Inventory No: 124377.
Very Good. Hardcover w / dustjacket. Very good condition; edges, corners, and covers of book show minor wear. No underlining; no highlighting; no internal markings. Jacket has minimal edgewear, with some rubbing on its folds, slightly discolored jacket interior. Stored in sealed plastic protection. In the event of a problem we guarantee full refund. 1970. Hardcover w / dustjacket.
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