On the Iron at Big Cloud by Frank L. Packaard

On the Iron at Big Cloud

byFrank L. Packaard

Kobo ebook | November 13, 2015

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A book about railroad life on tbe Rocky Mountain division of a big transcontinental line, where exciting and unusual events happen and common men may, in an instant's time, turn into heroes. Before the author made writing his profession he spent four years in the engineering department of the road when it "dug, blasted, burrowed, and trestled its right of way through the mountains," and thus got his inspiration at first hand.

This is a collection of fifteen linked railroading stories, set in the Rockies in the days when trains were the foremost means of cross-country travel and freight, steam engines ran on hand-shoveled coal, the tracks were single and precarious, washouts common, and a lantern signal might be the only means of stopping speeding locomotives from a perilous crash ... if it did.
 These aren't really tales about trains but about men (only a handful of women appear, and that briefly), their foibles, their relationships with each other, their work, and their heroism. Mostly these railroaders are rough and ready, strong and tough, yet extremely human, and the tales range from heartwarming to heartrending.

Title:On the Iron at Big CloudFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:November 13, 2015Publisher:Green Bird PressLanguage:English

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