Last Train to Texas

My Railroad Odyssey
 
 
Indiana University Press; Railroads Past and Present
  • erscheint ca. am 4. Februar 2020
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  • 232 Seiten
 
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978-0-253-04526-3 (ISBN)
 

Midnight train rides, head-on freight collisions-there is never a dull moment when it comes to trains. Take a look at America's biggest railroads and meet the thunderous personalities who operate them.

In Last Train to Texas, author Fred W. Frailey examines the workings behind the railroad industry and captures incredible true stories along the way. Discover how men like William "Pisser Bill" F. Thompson swerve from financial ruin, bad merger deals, and cutthroat competition, all while racking up enough notoriety to inspire a poem titled "Ode to a Jerk." Bold, savvy, and ready for a friendly brawl, the only thing louder and more thrilling than these men are the trains that they handle. Come along with Frailey as he travels the world, one railroad at a time. Whether it's riding the Canadian Pacific Railway through a blizzard, witnessing a container train burglary in the Abo Canyon, or commemorating a poem to Limerick Junction in Dublin, Ireland, Frailey's journeys are rife with excitement and the occasional mishap.

Filled with humorous anecdotes and thoughtful insights into the railroading industry, Last Train to Texas is an adventure in every sense of the word.

  • Englisch
  • Bloomington
  • |
  • USA
Indiana University Press
  • 14,19 MB
978-0-253-04526-3 (9780253045263)
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Fred W. Frailey

Foreword by Thomas G. Hoback



Part I: Running the Railroads


1. President Carter to the Rescue


2. The Man You Never Wanted to Cross


3. Watch Rob Run


4. Thinking Outside the Container


5. The World According to Mcclellan


6. The Saga of 'Pisser Bill'


7. A Man in Full


8. Mike Haverty's Long Shadow


9. How to Go Boots Up in Railroading


10. The Battles of Powder River


11. When Lou Menk Saved a Zephyr


12. Inside the Mind of Michael Ward


13. The Legacy of Hunter Harrison


14. A Battle for Supremacy in the West


Part II: Travels around Trains


15. The Cocoon of a Long-Distance Train


16. No Place for Man or Beast... or Train


17. The Ladies from Cork Are Aghast


18. Crossing the Country in a Blur


19. Ode to a Coach Yard


20. By Train to the End of the Earth


21. Pencil-Whipping Train 101


22. I Plead the Fifth


23. My Prestigious Experience


24. The Late, Late Train


25. The Train to Cordoba


26. You Gotta Love the Soo Line


27. New York City, Then


28. New York City, Now


29. Best Little Railroad in Effingham


30. Last Train to Texas


31. Railroading in a Fiery Furnace


32. Night Train to Nowhere


Part III: Kicking the Train Down the Tracks


33. Miss Katy's Funny Pieces of Paper


34. Moments I'd Rather Forget


35. The Timeless Clovis Sub


36. What's the Matter with Florida?


37. The Brain Drain


38. A Little Drawbridge that Couldn't


39. That Commodore Vanderbilt Feeling


40. The Ageless World of Stan Kistler


41. Saturday Night Fever


42. Who Really Saved Illinois Central


43. Why You May Yet Read by Candlelight


44. 14th Street at Night


45. The Wreck of Old 54


46. The Mother of All Traffic Jams

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